Pakistan receives 14,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reportedly received new doses of US pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccines. According to reports, around 14,000 doses of the vaccine arrived at the Islamabad International Airport aboard a foreign airline. The vaccine was stored in ultra-cold chain

Facebook refutes Biden’s claim of ‘killing people’ with vaccine misinformation

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook defended itself against US President Joe Biden’s assertion that the social media platform is “killing people” by allowing misinformation about coronavirus vaccines to proliferate, saying the facts tell a different story. “The data shows that 85% of

Malaysia to allow commercial sale of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will soon allow the commercial sale of COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Chinese firms Sinopharm and Sinovac, the science minister said on Friday, as authorities try to ramp up inoculation rates amid surging cases. Malaysia has one of

How effective are vaccines against the Delta variant?

The number of coronavirus cases are rising once again across the country. The spread is due to the presence of the Delta variant, a strain of the coronavirus first detected in India. There are at least 35 confirmed cases of

Pakistan administers record half million vaccines doses in a day

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has increased its coronavirus vaccination drive and administered a record 525,000 people in a single day. “For the first time, we crossed half a million doses of vaccination yesterday,” National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) head Asad Umar.

US warns ‘increased risk’ of rare nerve disorder after J&J vaccine

WASHINGTON: The US Food and Drug Administration updated its warning labels for the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine to include information about an observed “increased risk” of a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). The news is a further

Pakistan to receive 13mn doses of Pfizer vaccine: SAPM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has made an agreement to procure 13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer, said Special Assistant on National Health Services Faisal Sultan. An exact timeline was not yet available, Faisal Sultan told a news agency, but said

G7 leaders convene summit to provide one billion COVID-19 jabs

LONDON: G7 leaders were greeted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth after opening their first in-person talks in nearly two years, touting an expected pledge to donate one billion Covid-19 vaccine doses to poor countries. The club of leading economies — Britain,

US to donate 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses globally

WASHINGTON: The Biden administration plans to donate 500 million Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses to nearly 100 countries over the next two years The United States is likely to distribute 200 million shots this year and another 300 million in the

Russia to charge visiting foreigners for vaccination

MOSCOW: Russia may provide coronavirus vaccinations for a fee to foreigners who travel to the country, President Vladimir Putin told an economic forum, as Moscow seeks to enhance its global reputation with its Sputnik V vaccine. Addressing the St Petersburg

WHO warns of vaccine doses shortfall through Covax

GENEVA: The World Health Organization warned that a shortfall in COVID-19 vaccine doses going through the Covax programme in June and July could undermine the efficiency of the roll-out. Covax was set up to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines, particularly

US to distribute 80mn coronavirus vaccine doses globally

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden outlined his plan for the first of 80 million coronavirus vaccine doses that the US will distribute globally before July, with 75 percent of shots disbursed via the Covax program. In a fact sheet, the White

Sindh govt to stop salaries of employees refusing COVID-19 vaccine

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah House has declared vaccination mandatory for all citizens of the province. While presiding over a meeting of the Provincial Task Force on Coronavirus, the chief minister said we have to secure citizens

WHO approves second Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a COVID-19 vaccine made by Sinovac Biotech for emergency use listing, paving the way for a second Chinese shot to be used in developing countries. A WHO emergency listing is a signal

Pakistan sees new record vaccination in a single day: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan set a new record of most vaccinations in a day on Saturday after nearly 400,000 people received COVID-19 jabs. This was stated by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, who hold National Command and Operation Centre

British royal Kate gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

LONDON: British royal Kate said she had received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and paid tribute to everyone involved in the rollout of the inoculation programme. Kate, 39, said she had received the shot at the Science Museum, a

EU approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents

BRUSSELS: The European Commission has authorised Pfizer and partner BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in children as young as 12, paving the way for a broader rollout in the bloc after similar clearances in the United States and Canada. The

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Pakistan has started registration for all citizens above 19 years to receive the coronavirus vaccine. The phased registration to receive the jabs has now been opened for all adult citizens. Vaccination centres have even been established in small cities and

Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine 72.8% effective in latest study

BEIJING: Two COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinopharm showed more than 70% efficacy against symptomatic cases, according to the first detailed result of a large late-stage study published to the public. A vaccine developed by a Wuhan-based subsidiary of Sinopharm was

NCOC opens vaccine registration for citizens aged above 19

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation (NCOC) had decided to open registration for citizens aged 19 years of age and above from tomorrow Thursday, May 27. This was stated by Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Asad Umar after a

COVID-19: Pakistan reports over 4,007 cases, 88 deaths

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reported over 4,000 cases and 88 from COVID-19 on Saturday, as the government expands the vaccination programme to protect against the virus. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan reported another 4,007 cases and 88

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can be refrigerated for a month

WASHINTON: The US Food and Drug Administration has authorised the storage of Pfizer and German partner BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at standard freezer temperatures for up to one month, in an effort to make the vaccine more widely available. Unopened, thawed

World Bank redeploys $153mn to support Pakistan’s vaccine drive

ISLAMABAD: The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved the restructuring of the Pandemic Response Effectiveness in Pakistan (PREP) project to redeploy $153 million to support the ongoing national vaccine drive in Pakistan. These funds were originally approved in

Vaccine registration for citizens aged above 30 to start from May 16

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to open registration for citizens aged 30 for the COVID-19 vaccination from Sunday (May 16). Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said the government had decided to open registrations for another age group as

US backs plan to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents

LONDON: US President Joe Biden’s administration announced support for a global waiver on patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines, offering hope to poor nations that have struggled to access the life-saving doses. India, where the death toll hit a new daily

Pfizer sees COVID-19 vaccine demand for years, $26bn in sales

NEW YORK: Pfizer raised its forecast for COVID-19 vaccine sales by more than 70% to $26 billion in 2021, and said demand from governments around the world could contribute to its growth for years to come. The company said it

Vaccination of citizens aged above 40 has commenced: Dr Faisal

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan said the vaccination of people aged above forty years has been started from today (Monday) as he urged them to get vaccinated. While briefing media, he said 150,000 vaccines are

Biden bans most travel from India to limit COVID-19 spread

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden imposed new travel restrictions on India in light of the COVID-19 epidemic, barring most non-US citizens from entering the United States. The new restrictions, which take effect on Tuesday May 4, are on the advice

Pakistan’s economy will grow by 2% subject to vaccine rollout: ADB

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s economic growth is expected to rebound this year before gaining pace in 2022 as business activity gradually resumes after the coronavirus pandemic, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a report. According to the Asian Development Outlook (ADO)

COVID-19: Registration of citizens aged above 40 to start tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: The government will start the registration for the coronavirus vaccine for citizens aged 40 years and above from tomorrow. The decision was made in a meeting of the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) chaired by Federal Minister for