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    Promising news on the development of effective vaccines recently sent stock markets soaring, as if the war on coronavirus were all but won, but more sober observers could clearly see a number of hardships ahead. Despite three vaccines boasting effectiveness of as high as 95%, along with optimism over Joe Biden’s upcoming presidency, the virus figures continued their grim march upward, with ...

  • Gaza gets vital medical aid as hospitals struggle with rising infections

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    The World Health Organisation has delivered 15 ventilators to Gaza hospitals amid a spike in Covid-19 infections that has tested the Palestinian territory’s under-developed health system, Reuters reported. The donation of the intensive care devices, funded by Kuwait, came a week after local and international public health advisers said hospitals in the enclave could soon become ...

  • Russia registers 26,683 COVID-19 cases in one day

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    Russia registered 26,683 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its national total to 2,269,316, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Sunday. Meanwhile, 459 new deaths were reported, taking the nationwide count to 39,527. Moscow, the country's worst-hit region, reported 6,798 new cases, bringing its tally of infections to 599,213, the response center ...

  • Pakistan reports 2,829 new coronavirus cases in one day

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    Pakistan has reported 43 deaths in the last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 395,185. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 7,985 on Sunday. According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 2,829 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic ...

  • Pakistan reports 3,009 new coronavirus cases in one day

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    Pakistan has reported 59 deaths in the last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 382,892. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 7,803 on Wednesday. According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 3,009 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the ...

  • G20 leaders commit to strong post-COVID-19 era

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    The Group of 20 Leaders' Summit held under the term presidency of Saudi Arabia ended Sunday with a commitment for a "strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive post-COVID-19 era". “We, the G20 Leaders, meeting for the second time under the Saudi Presidency, stand united in our conviction that coordinated global action, solidarity, and multilateral cooperation are more necessary today than ...

  • Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine 70% effective

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    The COVID-19 vaccine, being developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca, has 70% efficacy against the novel coronavirus, the British pharma giant announced on Monday. “Positive high-level results from an interim analysis of clinical trials in the UK and Brazil showed the vaccine was highly effective in preventing COVID-19,” AstraZeneca said in a written statement. The interim ...

  • Sputnik V COVID vaccine price will be much lower than that of Pfizer, Moderna: Developers

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    The statement comes shortly after US pharmaceutical company Moderna announced that it would charge countries that want to buy its candidate vaccine against COVID-19 between $25 and $37 per dose. The developers of the world's first vaccine against coronavirus have taken to Twitter to announce that the price of Sputnik V will be much lower than that of vaccines developed by US pharmaceutical ...

  • Pakistan reports 2,665 coronavirus cases in one day

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    Pakistan has reported 59 deaths in the last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 374,173. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 7,662 on Sunday. According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 2,665 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic ...

  • Pakistan reports 2,843 new coronavirus cases in one day

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    Pakistan has reported 42 deaths in the last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 371,508. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 7,603 on Saturday. According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 2,843 persons tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic ...

  • Russia's Vector to release 50,000 doses of EpiVacCorona vaccine by 2020 end: Watchdog

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    Russian research centre Vector plans to release 50,000 doses of its EpiVacCorona vaccine against COVID-19 by the end of the year, the national consumer rights watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, said on Friday. "There are plans to release 50,000 doses of the vaccine by the end of the year", Rospotrebnadzor said, adding that 15,000 doses have been already produced. Mass inoculation with the EpiVacCorona ...

  • Despite vaccines, COVID fight is long one: scientists

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    World Health Organization (WHO) officials reeling under the onslaught of COVID-19 are generally encouraged by recent vaccine developments from companies such as Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna. Yet they come with the caveat that there is still a long way to go in the struggle against the novel coronavirus. Patience and vigilance against the virus are needed going forward, and factors around a ...

  • Danish study raises questions on efficacy of mask use against Covid-19

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    A comprehensive Danish study has found that face masks provide no clear protection from Covid-19 infection to the wearer. The study of more than 6,000 Danes published by the Copenhagen-based hospital Rigshospitalet saw no significant protection against coronavirus transmission. Researchers expected to see a halving of the risk of transmission in cases where subjects were wearing masks, but were ...

  • Pakistan reports 37 coronavirus deaths, over 2200 new cases

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    Another 37 people died of the coronavirus in Pakistan during the past 24 hours after which the death toll in the country climbed to 7,230, showed the data released by National Command and Operation Centre on Wednesday morning. Most of these deaths were recorded in Punjab where the virus claimed 17 more lives. It was followed by nine in Sindh, five in Azad Kashmir and three each in Khyber ...

  • Nearly 550 more people test coronavirus positive in Punjab

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    Punjab recorded 547 new Covid-19 cases during the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 110,540. According to health officials, four more patients died due to the deadly disease as the death toll reached 2,475. As many as 97,776 patients have also recovered from the virus in the province so far.

  • Moderna says its vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing Covid-19

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    Moderna Inc’s experimental vaccine was 94.5% effective in preventing Covid-19 based on interim data from a late-stage trial, the company said on Monday, becoming the second US drugmaker to report results that far exceed expectations. Together with Pfizer Inc’s vaccine, which is also more than 90% effective, and pending more safety data and regulatory review, the United States could ...

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson self-isolating

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    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, government sources said Sunday. Johnson will self-isolate in Downing Street, where he will continue to work, said a spokesman. “Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been told to self-isolate through the NHS Test and Trace app after coming into contact with ...

  • Pakistan sees highest daily coronavirus cases in 4 months

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    Pakistan saw the highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases since mid-July, recording more than 2,400 new cases, according to official data released on Sunday. With 2,443 fresh infections, the country's total caseload rose to 356,904, including 323,225 recoveries. Another 32 people died from the novel coronavirus over the last 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 7,141. The previous record ...

  • Pakistan reports 2,443 new coronavirus cases in one day

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    Pakistan has reported 32 deaths in last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases has surged to 356,904. The nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 7,141. According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) 2,443 persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 in 24 hours. Sindh remains the worst-hit province by the pandemic in terms of ...

  • Pakistan self-sufficient in COVID related material, capacity to export: Ch Fawad

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    Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Saturday said Pakistan has become self-sufficient in COVID-19 related material with the efforts of its scientists, engineers and technicians which he termed a big success. In a tweet, the federal minister stated that the country lacked the medical equipment including masks, goggles, protective gears, ventilators etc. to fight the ...

  • Trump: New York won't receive COVID-19 vaccine in April with other US states until governor approves

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    US President Donald Trump said Friday that while Pfizer's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine will be forthcoming and mass-distributed by April, New York state would not receive shipments because Governor Andrew Cuomo has expressed criticisms of the Trump administration's vaccine rollout plan. In his first public comments since the mainstream media declared Joe Biden the winner of the November 3 election, Trump ...

  • 'Richest countries already bought 80% Pfizer vaccine'

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    More than 80% of the US drugmaker Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has already been sold to the richest governments across the world, according to an analysis by a UK-based campaign group. The Global Justice Now analysis shows that over 1 billion doses have been bought by the rich governments, which represent only 14% of the global population. Big purchases include the EU with 200 million doses ...

  • WHO probe into virus origins not transparent, says US

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    The US on Tuesday continued to assail the World Health Organization’s pandemic response, saying that the team formed to probe the origins of COVID-19 was not set up in a “transparent” manner and the investigation was not in line “with the mandate agreed by member states.” The latest criticism came from Garrett Grigsby, director of the US Department of Health and ...

  • WHO head, chief scientist hail vaccine development

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    The World Health Organization head and its chief scientist applauded Monday announcements by Pfizer and BioNTech that final stage trials of their vaccine have proven 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 infections. "We welcome the encouraging vaccine news from @pfizer & @BioNTech_Group & salute all scientists & partners around the world who are developing new safe, efficacious tools ...

  • Asymptomatic patient shed infectious COVID-19 particles for at least 70 days

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    A new case study published in the journal Cell reveals that a 71-year-old hospital patient diagnosed with COVID-19 in Kirkland, Washington, who also had leukemia, shed infectious particles of the respiratory virus for at least 70 days without showing any symptoms of the disease. According to the study, the patient continued to shed infectious particles of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes ...

  • Punjab Govt evolves anti-corona strategy to curb cases surge: CM Buzdar

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    Anti-Corona Cabinet Committee meeting held On the instruction of Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, a special meeting of the Cabinet Committee for Anti-Corona was held at Chief Minister’s office today which took important decisions for protecting the public from the second wave of corona as well as strict implementation on precautionary measures. The Cabinet Committee for ...

  • Five more deaths, 627 new Covid cases reported in Sindh

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    Sindh reported over 600 Covid-19 cases for the second consecutive day as the pandemic continues to surge in the province. According to Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, 627 new cases were recorded in the province with five deaths during the past 24 hours. As many as 150,169 cases have been recorded in Sindh since the start of pandemic. So far 2,684 people have succumbed to the disease in total. CM ...

  • India daily coronavirus cases run at nearly half September peak

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    India counted 45,674 new cases of the coronavirus, taking total cases to 8.5 million, health ministry data showed on Sunday as the daily increase remained at half the peak seen in September despite a series of religious festivals, Reuters reported. India has the second-highest caseload in the world, behind the United States, which has 9.91 million cases. Deaths rose by 559, the health ministry ...

  • Smart lockdown enforced in five sectors of Islamabad

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    The local administration on Sunday has decided to enforce smart lockdown in five sectors of Islamabad after surge in coronavirus cases. According to details, a notification in this regard has been sent to DC while health teams have also been formed for medical assistance. The decision was taken after Pakistan reported 25 deaths in last 24 hours by novel coronavirus as the number of positive cases ...