Health & Medicine

UK to offer under-40s alternative to AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine

Officials said the advice reflected low levels of infection in the UK and the availability of other vaccines.

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Covid-19 testing at quarantine hotels set for revamp to improve quality

Possible measures include asking third party to carry out checks on specimen collection procedures in hotels and requiring nurses to take samples.

1 hour ago
Just say ‘ahh’: this app will listen out for the sound of coronavirus

If you have the flu, Covid-19 or asthma they will ‘have an impact on the sound of your voice’, says Sonde Health’s David Liu. Its app detects symptoms of respiratory illness just by listening to you.

3 hours ago
Could US-Germany rift doom vaccine patent waiver?

The Biden administration’s call to lift patent protections on Covid-19 vaccines has run into resistance.

6 hours ago
Russia approves single-dose Sputnik Light Covid-19 vaccine

The developers of the slimmed-down vaccine said the jab is 79.4 per cent effective against Covid-19.

6 May 2021 - 9:02PM
Coronavirus: Tokyo governor wants longer state of emergency

Meanwhile, the Philippines’ coronavirus inoculation drive could accelerate this month, with supplies expected to increase.

6 May 2021 - 11:25PM
New coronavirus variants emerging in India could prolong crisis

Mutations occur when the virus replicates, and India’s unprecedented surge is driving new cases to global records.

6 May 2021 - 4:00PM
Largest study yet confirms Pfizer-BioNTech’s ‘95 per cent protection’

The largest real-world study yet of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine confirms its effectiveness against Covid-19, but found that the level dropped significantly when people received just one of the two doses.

6 May 2021 - 10:54AM
Explainer | With Hong Kong on edge over Covid-19 variants, here’s what you should know

Expert stresses protection against new virus forms remains the same – mask up and get vaccinated.

6 May 2021 - 10:03AM
Frustrated over slow roll-out, rich Thais book ‘vaccine tours’ to US

A Bangkok travel agency has packages from US$2,400 to US$6,400 for trips to San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.

6 May 2021 - 6:23AM
US to back coronavirus vaccine patent waiver

The Biden administration ‘believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver of those protections for Covid-19 vaccines’, said US Trade Representative Katherine Tai.

6 May 2021 - 10:59PM
Canada approves Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 15

The shot was previously authorised for anyone 16 or older.

6 May 2021 - 1:16AM
Serbia launches world’s first cash-for-jabs scheme to spur vaccine drive

The Balkans country is also offering vaccines in shopping centres and rewarding volunteers with vouchers.

5 May 2021 - 11:24PM
Only half of Covid-19 specimen kits returned for tests, public told not to sell them

At least five Carousell accounts found to be selling the collection kits, with some vendors calling the cost a ‘delivery fee’; sales may occupy legal grey zone, barristers say.

5 May 2021 - 11:22PM
Biden wants 70 per cent of US adults to get one vaccine dose by July 4

The goal takes into account the challenges of getting shots into the arms of people who are hesitant about getting immunised.

5 May 2021 - 10:01PM
Some data lacking in China Covid-19 vaccine assessments: WHO group

Advisory group assesses vaccines by Sinopharm and Sinovac Biotech ahead of their evaluation for WHO emergency authorisation.

5 May 2021 - 12:12AM
Amid India’s coronavirus crisis, Asia’s developing nations are all at risk

From Laos, Vietnam and Thailand in Southeast Asia to Bhutan and Nepal bordering India, countries have been reporting significant surges.

4 May 2021 - 3:54PM