IMF urges China to boost Covid vaccinations, restore property sector confidence
The IMF says economic risks for China were tilted to the downside, due to headwinds from a global slowdown, higher energy prices and tighter global financial conditions.
China to speed up vaccinations, build more designated Covid hospitals
China, which has pursued a strict zero-Covid policy that results in frequent snap lockdowns, has recently seen a surge in cases with more than 23,000 new infections - the most since April.
Pfizer says updated booster protects against Omicron subvariants
Omicron-tailored shots made by Pfizer and Moderna Inc have already been greenlit by several countries, including in the US for adults and, more recently, for children as young as 5 years.
Covid wave looms in Europe as booster campaign makes slow start
Hospitalisation numbers across many countries in the 27-nation bloc, as well as Britain, have gone up in recent weeks.
A Chinese mRNA Covid vaccine is approved for the first time, in Indonesia
Indonesia's food and drugs agency greenlighted the use of Walvax Biotechnology's mRNA vaccine, which has been in development for more than two years and targets the original strain of the coronavirus.
EU health regulator says Covid pandemic not over
It says it's important that member states prepare for the rollout of vaccines, especially the adaptive vaccines, to prevent further spread of the disease in Europe.
Pfizer donates Paxlovid to group targeting Covid in poorer countries
While Paxlovid is widely available in many rich countries, availability has been severely restricted in poorer ones, echoing the disparities in the global Covid-19 response.
Canada clears Moderna's Covid vaccine for children under 5
Vaccines are generally well accepted in Canada, with about 82% of all Canadians having received two doses of a Covid vaccine.
Covid vaccines saved 20 million lives in first year, study shows
Nearly 600,000 additional deaths could have been prevented if the World Health Organization's goal of vaccinating 40% of each country's population by the end of 2021 had been met, it says.
Covid-19 vaccine scheme for world’s poorest pushes for delivery slowdown
Leaders of the global scheme aiming to get Covid-19 vaccines to the world's poorest are pushing manufacturers to cut or slow deliveries of about half a billion shots so doses are not wasted.
India’s Covid-19 vaccine prices cut as booster programme extended
Those outside the two priority categories will have to pay for the shots at privately run facilities, with no mixing and matching of vaccines allowed.
Covax, African Union decline to buy more doses of Moderna’s Covid shots
Moderna and Gavi have agreements for up to 650 million doses of the company's vaccine to be made available to Covax participants through 2021 and 2022.