Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine Faces Production Problems, Putin Says
Russia’s coronavirus vaccine faces equipment shortages that could delay it from entering mass production, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday as reports suggested that developers have paused clinical trials due to the shortages.Staff at eight of the 25 trial clinics in Moscow said that they temporarily halted the vaccination of new volunteers with Sputnik V, Reuters reported Thursday, citing some of them as saying that they had used up the allocated doses. An unnamed representative of the contract research organization helping oversee the two-shot vaccine's trials, Crocus Medical, told the ...
The Moscow Times
Why a coronavirus vaccine is politically valuable to China
By William Wang and Holly SnapeHundreds of people have been queueing in the city of Yiwu in eastern China in recent days to get an experimental vaccine for Covid-19. Although the vaccine is yet to complete its clinical trials, it was reportedly given to hundreds of thousands of people in the past few months, and is now being offered under an emergency use licence to the general public.Around the world, as first waves pass and new waves close in, a coronavirus vaccine has become a focus of hope. For China, quick progress on the vaccine is a matter of both domestic and international politics.In ...
Hong Kong Free Press
Covid-19 vaccine makes progress in India, USA, and other countries
This week, news from the United States of America indicated preliminary approval of the Pfizer-backed coronavirus vaccine, which is likely to be available in December on a priority basis in the United States.California, the most populous state, has indicated it will set up a review board to examine the efficacy and safety of the vaccine, which has received tentative approval from US public health leaders such as Dr Anthony Fauci, the head of the Infectious Diseases Institute.In terms of mortality, the United States has registered anywhere between 220,000 and 300,000 deaths from Covid-19 if you...
California Gov. Newsom to join New York Gov. Cuomo in endangering more lives by delaying residents from getting a coronavirus vaccine
By Duncan SmithWhat is it about Democrats and their tribal politics?Democratic governors are lining up to put their citizens at risk — of death — because they refuse to take the Trump administration’s word that any new COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in the next several weeks is safe enough to administer.That’s how bad their Trump Derangement Syndrome has become.First, it began with that idiot Andrew Cuomo in New York, whose insane policy demanding that nursing homes take in COVID-19 patients has been blamed for causing thousands of additional deaths in the state.“The first question is, is t...
The National Sentinel
Pfizer says coronavirus vaccine won't be ready until Thanksgiving — at the earliest
Pfizer Inc., one of the many pharmaceutical companies racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine, said it hopes to have a treatment authorized for emergency use by the end of the year.CEO Albert Bourla in an open letter published Friday revealed that while scientists are working quickly to develop a vaccine, that it would not be ready by Election Day — a claim that has been repeatedly made by President Donald Trump. He added that the earliest the company would seek authorization from the Food and Drug Administration would be the third week of November.Pfizer expects to have preliminary numbers by...
New York Daily News
EU executive urges states to prepare for coronavirus vaccine
The European Commission on Thursday recommended EU countries identify target groups to be inoculated once a coronavirus vaccine becomes available and prepare for its delivery."We propose a common approach to decide who is to be vaccinated first. This is also important in terms of fairness for our citizens across the EU," commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas said.As several potential vaccines require two doses per person, the number of treatments for each EU country would at first be limited, the commission said on Thursday.The governments should therefore identify which part of the pop...
Assad says he will personally test Russian 'Sputnik' coronavirus vaccine
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has said he is willing to test the controversial Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, which was approved by Russian health authorities in August.Scientists have pointed out that the vaccine was not adequately tested on humans before being approved, and that more trials are required in order for it to be considered safe, effective, and marketable.However, when asked by the Russian news agency Sputnik whether he would personally take the vaccine, Assad said, "Of course, in these circumstances anyone would love to be vaccinated against this dangerous virus, but I think ...
Philippines pins hope on coronavirus vaccine sans facility to store them
Philippines pins hope on coronavirus vaccine sans facility to store themMANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is scrambling to build capacity to host coronavirus vaccines once they become available, a critical component needed to mount a massive immunization program as promised by President Rodrigo Duterte but which the country is currently incapable to do so.A key challenge right now is finding cold storage facilities big enough to store coronavirus vaccines at temperatures as low as -80 degrees Celsius to maintain their potency. The health department said an inventory of cold storage facilit...
Medical workers should get coronavirus vaccine first, scientific group says. Healthy, middle-aged people are at the back of the line
PHILADELPHIA — When there finally is an approved vaccine for COVID-19, the first doses should go to front-line health workers in hospitals, nursing homes, or home care as well as first responders like police officers and firefighters, according to new recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.That first-in-line group, which represents 5% of the U.S. population, is critically important for keeping the health system running, but also faces high risk of getting and transmitting the new virus.Once more doses are available, people with underlying health prob...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Russia to send 25m doses of coronavirus vaccine to Egypt, sources say
CAIRO: Russian sources claim that their country will deliver 25 million doses of the Sputnik coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to Egypt. The Egyptian government has not confirmed the claims.Russia’s sovereign National Wealth Fund (NWF) said it had approved the delivery of 25 million doses of its potential vaccine to Egypt via FARCO-PHARMA, which it described as a “pioneering pharmaceutical company” in Egypt.In a report published in the Lancet medical journal, Russian scientists said that those who were injected with the Sputnik vaccine had developed COVID-19 antibodies without showing any dangero...