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File photo of a box containing vials of Bharat Biotech Ltd. Covaxin vaccine | T. Narayan| Bloomberg

US rejection of emergency use for Covaxin will not impact India’s vaccination drive: Govt

NITI Aayog member V K Paul said that he respected US' decision and hoped that the vaccine manufacturer will comply with the parameters of their regulatory system.
A US Food and Drug Administration building in New Hampshire | Photo: Flickr

US FDA approves first new Alzheimer’s drug in 20 years despite warnings from experts

The new drug, which Biogen developed with Japan's Eisai Co., did not reverse mental decline, but only slowed it in one study. The drug is given as an infusion every four weeks.

US FDA authorises Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine

President Joe Biden described the approval as an encouraging development in efforts to end the Covid-19 crisis and said this is exciting news for all US citizens.

US pet food company recalls products after 70 dogs die due to suspected poisoning

US FDA noted that all cat and dog products from Midwestern Pet Foods may contain high levels of aflatoxin that could have been behind the deaths.
Pfizer world headquarters in New York | Commons

Pfizer to seek emergency US FDA authorisation for its Covid vaccine today

Shown to be 95% effective, Pfizer's vaccine could be the first to be cleared for use, but before that, it must clear the FDA's thorough vetting process, which could take at least 3 weeks.
Lab technicians produce Covid-19 diagnostic kits in a laboratory in Faridabad

Antibiotic Teicoplanin 10 times more effective than Covid drugs like HCQ, says IIT Delhi study

Teicoplanin is an FDA-approved glycopeptide antibiotic, which is regularly used for treating Gram-positive bacterial infections with low toxicity profile in humans.
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Covid vaccine to be widely available in the US by April, CDC chief says

About 700 million vaccine doses should be available by April. The vaccine candidates that are furthest along in development will need a two-dose regimen, CDC chief Redfield said.
A lab worker boxes up test tubes of patient samples in a virology research labs | Geert Vanden Wijngaert | Bloomberg

US FDA is setting a higher bar for emergency Covid vaccine approvals

FDA says it will need more robust data about how well a Covid vaccine works before granting an emergency waiver, building on guidelines that say it should be at least 50% effective.
A magnified coronavirus germ is displayed on a monitor during coronavirus patient sample detection tests in the virology research labs at UZ Leuven university hospital in Leuven, Belgium | Bloomberg Photo

Why big pharma needs to do more to counter Covid vaccine politics

9 Covid vaccine developers signed a pledge saying they won't submit their inoculations for Food & Drug Administration approval until they show safety & efficacy in late-stage trial.
A donor at Delhi's plasma bank, which was launched last Thursday | Representational image | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Convalescent plasma therapy holds promise, but here’s why scientists are still studying it

US approves emergency use of convalescent plasma to treat Covid-19, but studies conducted so far don't hold enough evidence to prove it works effectively and without risk. 
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On Sri Lankan man’s lynching, all of Pakistan reacted…and moved on

PM Imran Khan’s tweet of shock. Check. CM’s expression of sadness and ordering of in­­q­ui­­ry. Check. IG police’s vow to arrest the culprits. Check.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.