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America reports first case of polio after almost a decade

The first case of polio was reported in America after almost nine years. The New York State Department of Health said a person living in Rockland County, 30 miles (48 km) north of Manhattan, has been diagnosed with polio. Read

Unvaccinated players allowed to compete in Australian Open

MELBOURNE: Unvaccinated athletes will be able to take part in the Australian Open after undergoing 14 days of quarantine, the WTA Tour has told its players, according to a leaked e-mail. The e-mail, obtained by US freelance tennis journalist Ben

Court dismisses case against unvaccinated citizens in Karachi

KARACHI: A court has acquitted three people on Saturday who were arrested by police for not receiving COVID-19 vaccine shots. The police produced three citizens in the court of Judicial Magistrate South over violation of criminal procedure code Section-63 over

Two arrested for not receiving COVID-19 vaccine in Karachi

KARACHI: Two men were arrested on Friday by the Karachi police for not getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as authorities crack down on unvaccinated people. The Sohrab Goth police took the men into custody after they failed to provide any proof

Fake entry: Nawaz Sharif gets COVID-19 vaccine jab in Lahore

LAHORE: A vaccination centre has registered a COVID-19 vaccination on the identity card of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who is currently in London. According to the registration details uploaded to the NADRA portal, Nawaz Sharif was administered the first

Asad Umar hopes Pakistan will surpass coronavirus jab target

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister of Planning, Development, Reforms and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has expressed hope that Pakistan will surpass the coronavirus target. “In the early days of the vaccination campaign we had set a daunting target of vaccinating 7 crore

WHO calls for halting COVID-19 vaccine boosters

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) called for a halt on COVID-19 vaccine boosters until at least the end of September, as the gap between vaccinations in wealthy and poor countries widens. The call for a moratorium is the strongest

UAE rolls out Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 3-17

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates will start providing China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 3-17, the government said. It cited the health ministry as saying the decision comes after clinical trials and extensive evaluations, without providing any details. Authorities

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

Vaccine conspiracies

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