Sindh receives over 300,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine donated by US

KARACHI: The government of Sindh on Monday received over 300,000 new Pfizer vaccine doses sent by the United States through the COVAX facility. US Consul General Mark Stroh and Sindh Minister of Health and Population Welfare, Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho

Unvaccinated students to be denied admissions, barred from exams

KARACHI: The Sindh government has tightened restrictions for students and made vaccination mandatory for students of grade XI and above. According to the latest guidelines, students of grade XI and above will not be allowed to appear in examinations and

Twitter closes US offices as Big Tech makes vaccines mandatory

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter is shutting its reopened offices in United States, while other big tech companies are making vaccination mandatory for on-campus employees, as the highly infectious Delta COVID-19 variant drives a resurgence in cases. Google and Facebook said all

Chinese drugmakers to supply more than half a billion vaccines to COVAX

GENEVA: The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) has signed two advance purchase agreements with Chinese drugmakers Sinopharm and Sinovac to provide up to 550 million COVID-19 vaccines to the COVAX programme. The new deals include up to 170

Pakistan to receive 1.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines next week

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is expected to receive a batch of 1.236 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine next week. According to the Ministry of Health, Pakistan will receive AstraZeneca doses under COVAX, making it the fourth batch to be received under

World Bank to provide $20bn funding for COVID-19 vaccines

WASHINGTON: The World Bank pledged to boost available funding for COVID-19 vaccine purchases and deployment to $20 billion from a previous target of $12 billion, citing a sharp increase in overall financing demand from developing countries. World Bank President David

Pakistan to receive 2.5mn Moderna vaccines from US

ISLAMABAD: The United States has announced to send 2.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine to Pakistan. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are being sent to help Islamabad in the fight

Pakistan receives 1.5 million Sinovac vaccines amid shortages

ISLAMABAD: A special plane of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) carrying 1.55 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine reached Islamabad from China on Sunday amid shortages of the vaccines. The National Command and Control Centre (NCOC) said that the batch was

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,

Priyanka Chopra among celebrities urging G7 countries to donate vaccines

Priyanka Chopra, Billie Eilish and David Beckham among others have signed a letter asking G7 countries to donate at least 20 percent of their vaccines to poorer countries. Meanwhile, the UNICEF says that while this would be a good move,

Indian cricket team receives COVID-19 vaccines before England tour

MUMBAI: India captain Virat Kohli and several of his team mates have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines before they leave for a tour of England next month. India faces New Zealand in the final of the inaugural World

President Alvi urges to get COVID-19 jabs for safety against virus

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has urged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to ensure safety against virus. The president received his second dose of vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination centre in Tarlai located in the suburbs of Islamabad. He

Pakistan administers record 200,000 COVID-19 vaccines in single day

ISLAMABAD: The daily vaccinations against COVID-19 surpassed the 200,000 mark the previous day, as the vaccine supplies gradually increase across the country. National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) Asad Umar said registration for vaccination has also gathered pace as the

China considers mixing vaccines to improve efficacy

BEIJING: China is considering the mixing of different COVID-19 vaccines to improve the relatively low efficacy of its existing options. Authorities have to “consider ways to solve the issue that efficacy rates of existing vaccines are not high”, a Chinese

Pakistan receives first batch of 500,000 COVID-19 vaccines from China

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan received first tranche 0.5 million anti-corona vaccine purchased from China at the Nur Khan Airbase in Rawalpindi. Speaking on the occasion, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan said another consignment of 0.5 million vaccines

Facebook to label all posts about COVID-19 vaccines

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook said it has started adding labels to posts that discuss the safety of the shots and will soon label all posts about the vaccines. The social media company has been criticized by lawmakers and researchers for allowing

Pakistan to receive more than 10mn coronavirus vaccines from COVAX

GENEVA: Pakistan, Nigeria and Indonesia will be among the biggest recipients of free COVID-19 vaccines before June and received more than 10 million doses each from the Covax scheme. Some 238.2 million doses will be distributed around the world by

Biden aims to have enough vaccines for most Americans by summer

WASHINGTON: The US government is buying an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine and will have enough to inoculate 300 million Americans – virtually the entire US population – by the end of summer or early fall, President Joe

China to provide ‘batch of vaccines’ as aid, expedite exports to Pakistan

BEIJING: China has said that it will provide a “batch of vaccines as aid” and assured that it will direct Chinese companies to “speed up the export of vaccines to Pakistan”. “In order to support our brothers and sisters in

India kicks off ‘world’s largest’ vaccination campaign

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the “world’s largest” vaccination campaign on Saturday as the nation tries to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control starting with two locally-manufactured shots. Modi will address healthcare workers through video conferencing

Iran bans import of US and UK-made COVID-19 vaccines

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader banned the import of American and British-produced vaccines against Covid-19, saying they were “completely untrustworthy”. “Importing vaccines made in the US or the UK is prohibited,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a tweet. “It’s not unlikely

Twitter cracks down on false posts about COVID-19 vaccines

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter said that it would crack down on false posts about COVID-19 vaccines beginning next week, following in the footsteps of Facebook and YouTube. The social media platform already targets posts containing false information on how the virus

Hoarding vaccines

The United States, the worst affected country from the coronavirus, is starting an unprecedented historic mass inoculation campaign to stop the surging pandemic that is claiming thousands of lives every day. This has given hope that our lives and economies

Gucci donates $500,000 to help supply COVID-19 vaccines

PARIS: Luxury brand Gucci will give at least $500,000 to UNICEF to help supply and distribute COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable people around the world. In addition to the donation, Gucci said it would match money raised for the United Nations

UNICEF plans to deliver 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines

GENEVA: The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has announced to deliver nearly 2 billion doses of the coronavirus vaccine to developing countries in 2021. In a statement, UNICEF said it was working with the World Health Organization (WHO)

G20 leaders commit to fair distribution of coronavirus vaccines

RIYADH: G20 leaders said on Sunday they will “spare no effort” to ensure the fair distribution of coronavirus vaccines worldwide and support poor countries whose economies have been ravaged by the crisis. As the pandemic rages, the club of the

World Bank approves $12 billion for COVID-19 vaccines

WASHINGTON: The World Bank has approved $12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatment. The financing aims to support vaccination of up to a billion people, the bank said in a

WHO warns against dangers of ‘vaccine nationalism’

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom has said that the coronavirus vaccine could accelerate the world’s economic recovery. The WHO DG warned that nationalism is not good in vaccines. “We will not help everyone like that,”

Polio epidemic

A new anti-polio vaccination campaign is currently underway as the number of cases surged to more than 100 this year. Then  devastating news was received that two policemen guarding polio workers were shot dead in Lower Dir area reaffirming fears