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Mexican tricksters disguise as elderly to get Covid-19 vaccine

MEXICO CITY (AFP) – Two Mexican men in their 30s managed to get the coronavirus vaccine in the capital by disguising themselves as senior citizens, but were later caught, the authorities said Wednesday (April 7). With their hair and eyebrows coloured white, the men visited a vaccination centre for over 60s wearing masks and plastic […]

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Venezuela won't accept AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine through Covax

CARACAS (AFP) – Venezuela’s Vice-President said on Wednesday (March 24) the South American country would not accept the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 if it was offered it by the World Health Organisation’s global Covax initiative. The AstraZeneca shot has suffered from poor publicity after several European countries and others around the world suspended its use […]

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Ghana to receive world's first doses of free Covax vaccines: Unicef

ACCRA (AFP) – Ghana is scheduled to receive Wednesday (Feb 24) the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines from Covax, a World Health Organization-backed effort to procure and distribute inoculations for free to poor countries. “We are pleased that Ghana has become the first country to receive the Covid-19 vaccines from the Covax facility,” Unicef, which […]

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Russia flies more Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to Argentina, first doses reach Bolivia

BUENOS AIRES (REUTERS) – Russia delivered the first batch of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to Bolivia on Thursday (Jan 28) along with a larger shipment for neighbouring Argentina, as Moscow looks to play a key role in the region’s vaccine rollout despite delivery delays. A plane carrying 240,000 doses of the vaccine arrived in […]

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China's Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine proves effective in Brazil trials: Media

SAO PAOLO (REUTERS) – Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech Ltd’s Covid-19 vaccine has shown to be effective in late-stage trials in Brazil, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday (Dec 21), citing people involved in the vaccine’s development. Sao Paulo state’s Butantan Institute, which is organising the late-stage trials of Sinovac’s vaccine CoronaVac in Brazil, […]

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First batch of Pfizer-BioNTEch Covid-19 vaccines arrives in Canada

OTTAWA (REUTERS) – The first Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Canada on Sunday (Dec 13), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, and some Canadians are expected to roll up their sleeves for a shot as soon as Monday. Canada and the United States are set this week to become the first Western nations after the UK to […]

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Brazil opens route for emergency approval of Covid-19 vaccines

BRASILIA (REUTERS) – Brazil’s health regulator Anvisa said on Wednesday (Dec 2) it was open to approving Covid-19 vaccines for emergency use and outlined the requirements for companies looking to do so. Anvisa said authorisations would be analysed on a case-by-case basis and that to be considered the vaccine must be in late-stage trials in […]

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When it comes to Covid-19 vaccines, rich nations are first in line

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) – Wealthy countries have already locked up more than a billion doses of coronavirus vaccines, raising worries that the rest of the world will be at the back of the queue in the global effort to defeat the pathogen. Moves by the United States and Britain to secure supplies from Sanofi and partner […]

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Vaccine alliance finds manufacturing capacity for 4 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines

CHICAGO (REUTERS) – An influential foundation focused on preparation and response to epidemics that is backing nine potential coronavirus vaccines has identified manufacturers with capacity to produce four billion doses a year, the group’s top manufacturing expert told Reuters. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI) plans to have two or three manufacturing plants for […]