Saturday, January 22, 2022


Israel records highest daily rise in Covid infections

According to the figures, 11,978 new Covid cases were detected, surpassing the country's previous record high of 11,344 cases recorded on Sept 2 last year.

WHO makes interim recommendations for mixing and matching Covid-19 vaccines

Depending on availability, mRNA vaccines, such as those developed by Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc can be used as subsequent doses after initial doses of AstraZeneca's vectored vaccine and vice versa, the global health body says.

Australia to offer Covid-19 shots to children aged 5-11 from January

The decision comes as Australia seeks to accelerate the rollout of booster shots after becoming one of the world's most-vaccinated countries against Covid-19, inoculating nearly 90% of its population above 16 with two doses.

Up to 1 million Covid vaccines wasted in Nigeria last month

In Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation and home to more than 200 million people, fewer than 4% of adults have been fully vaccinated, according to WHO.

UK study finds mRNA Covid-19 vaccines provide biggest booster impact

The study shows that booster shots help generate a broad T-cell response against the Beta and Delta variants, which may play a key role in longer-term protection.

Moderna CEO says vaccines likely less effective against Omicron

Fear of the new variant has already triggered delays to some economic reopening plans and the reimposition of some travel and movement restrictions.

Pfizer, BioNTech, Moderna making US$1,000 profit every second, according to analysis

The companies have sold the vast majority of doses to rich countries, leaving low-income nations in the lurch, a coalition campaigning for wider access to Covid vaccines says.

95.2% of adults, 79.3% of teens fully jabbed

More than 51 million vaccine jabs have been administered since February.

US announces deal to bring vaccines to conflict zones

Single-dose Johnson & Johnson shots will be provided to areas of conflict and other humanitarian distress.

Moderna or Pfizer booster works better for people vaccinated with J&J, says study

The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, was eagerly awaited in the US because it looked at the possibility of 'mixing' vaccines – using a different vaccine than the initial doses for the booster shot – which is not currently allowed in the country.

G20 trade ministers back fairer Covid vaccine distribution

While more than six billion vaccine doses have been produced and administered worldwide, only 1.4% of people in poor countries have been fully vaccinated, compared to 58% in rich countries.

AstraZeneca invests in Imperial’s self-amplifying RNA tech with eye on future drugs

AstraZeneca already produces an adenoviral vector Covid-19 vaccine, and is emphasising the potential of the self-amplifying RNA technology in novel therapeutic programmes beyond the coronavirus pandemic.

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New cases stay above 4,000

DUN Johor bubar

Johor state assembly dissolved