Philippines to allow Pfizer vaccine use for 12 to 15-year-olds

Doctor putting adhesive bandage to a teenage boy after Covid-19 vaccine injection

Doctor putting adhesive bandage to a teenage boy after Covid-19 vaccine injection

India is moving towards vaccine sufficiency as inoculations with the Russian vaccine Sputnik V began in the country earlier this month.

India recorded its highest COVID-19 death toll since the pandemic began a year ago in May, accounting for just over a third of the overall total.

A doctor inspects a patient suffering from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) inside the classroom turned COVID-19 care facility on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, May 24, 2021.

Pfizer has also shared the most recent data on BNT162b2 mRNA vaccine - the phase 3 clinical trial showing vaccine efficacy six months after the second dose from the pivotal registration trial, as also for variants in vitro neutralization, clinically efficacy data and real-world vaccine effectiveness against emerging variants of SARS-CoV-2.

Thursday's move will allow imports of shots developed by Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna with which India has been in talks with little success.

The company also said that no major safety concern was reported in the trial.

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A fully-vaccinated long-term care resident is among those infected in the latest COVID-19 outbreak at a Peterborough nursing home. Almost 4,100 more people recovered from the virus over the past two days, resulting in 19,026 active cases across the province.

Because the US government invested heavily in the early research and development of this product, Moderna had to send a certain number of doses to the American marketplace - an obligation that has resulted in reduced shipments to other countries. These are approved by the drugs regulatory authority.

A senior health ministry official had said earlier this week that rollouts take place only after vaccines pass through stability, sterility and quality checks and this process can take an extra seven to 10 days after production.

The country reported 211,298 new infections on Thursday, still the world's highest daily rise, but almost half the daily infections it recorded earlier this month.

But experts believe that figure grossly underestimates the actual toll as only people who have tested positive are counted, whereas many victims were never tested.

According to the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) data, cumulative Covid-19 vaccines were at 20,06,62,456 with 15,71,49,593 first dose and 4,35,12,863 second dose of the vaccine.

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