Saturday, 29 January, 2022

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With aim to tackle vaccine inequity, African firm tries to replicate Moderna Covid shot

Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines is relying on the US company’s pledge that it will not enforce its patent during the pandemic.

Moderna, J&J boosters get US CDC’s backing, paving way for next shots

The CDC said eligible people may choose a different booster from the vaccine they originally received, granting more flexibility to patients and doctors.

US FDA clears Moderna, J&J booster shots, allows ‘mix and match’ of Covid vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention will consult an expert panel later this week before finalising official recommendations for who should get boosters and when.

Covid pandemic: Philippines approves Moderna for 12-17 year olds, Delta hits Vietnam hard

ThePrint brings you some important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic.

Human trials for the first mRNA HIV vaccine will begin this week. Here’s how it will work

The Covid-19 vaccine giant will enrol humans in two-year-long HIV vaccine trials that begins this week to test for safety and immunogenicity, after promising preliminary results earlier this year.

Moderna’s mRNA vaccine safe & effective in teens, US clinical trial findings show

Among the 2,489 participants who received the mRNA-1273 vaccine, the most common adverse reactions included pain in the injection site, headache and fatigue.

India unlikely to give indemnity to foreign vaccines, may consider only if shortage persists

Modi govt is not inclined to give Moderna or any other foreign vaccine manufacturer indemnity as long as the vaccine programme's target seems achievable by current supply.

15 crore vaccine doses expected in August delays plan of 1 crore daily shots

Talks are still on with Moderna, Sputnik yet to be procured for the national Covid vaccination programme, which means Covishield and Covaxin will remain the mainstay.

Second mRNA vaccine shot safe for people who had allergic reactions to first shot: US study

Of the 189 patients who participated in the study, 130 received the Moderna vaccine, while 59 got the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Second dose was administered to 159 subjects.

Even quarter dose of Moderna’s Covid vaccine induces robust immune response, study says

Researchers from a US institute inoculated 35 people with 25 micrograms of the Moderna vaccine and found antibodies six months after vaccination. Standard dose of vaccines is 100 micrograms.

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Nageswaran, who has taught at various B-schools in India and Singapore, takes charge days before the tabling of the Economic Survey and the Union Budget.


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India carrying out more warship patrols than ever to catch China in crowded global seas

Estimated 125 foreign naval vessels are in the Indian Ocean at any given time, roughly 3 times the number deployed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks when the US invaded Afghanistan.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.