KATHMANDU, Jan 11: The government is holding talks with Russia, India and the United Arab Emirates to procure COVID-19 vaccines, said Minister for Health and Population, Hridayesh Tripathi.

Covid-19 vaccine benefits

January 10, 2021 14:20 pm

We are in a Covid-19 crisis now. But we also have Covid-19 vaccines now.

USA, Jan 3: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had administered 4,225,756 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Saturday morning and distributed 13,071,925 doses.

NEW DELHI, Jan 1: India’s drug regulator is set to approve on Friday a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University for emergency use, three sources with knowledge of the matter said.

NEWARK, Del, Dec 22: President-elect Joe Biden on Monday received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on live television as part of a growing effort to convince the American public the inoculations are safe.

No. For a couple reasons, masks and social distancing will still be recommended for some time after people are vaccinated.

PUNE, India/NEW DELHI, Dec 11: India, the world’s biggest vaccine maker, is getting set for the massive global blitz to contain the coronavirus pandemic with its pharmaceutical industry and partners freeing up capacity and accelerating investments even without firm purchase orders.

The Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine has passed safety and efficacy tests — but scientists still have many questions about how this and other vaccines will perform as they’re rolled out to millions of people.

Large global trials of several COVID-19 vaccine candidates involving tens of thousands of participants are well underway with some having gathered sufficient data to seek emergency use authorisation.

FRANKFURT, Nov 22: Moderna will charge governments between $25 and $37 per dose of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, depending on the amount ordered, Chief Executive Stephane Bancel told German weekly Welt am Sonntag (WamS).

GAMPELA, Burkina, Oct 28: The chain breaks here, in a tiny medical clinic in Burkina Faso that went nearly a year without a working refrigerator.

LONDON, Oct 26: Early results from tests for a coronavirus vaccine being developed by the University of Oxford, in collaboration with AstraZeneca Plc, show it produces a robust immune response in elderly people, the group at highest risk, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

TORONTO/CHICAGO, Sept 1: High-profile COVID-19 vaccines developed in Russia and China share a potential shortcoming: They are based on a common cold virus that many people have been exposed to, potentially limiting their effectiveness, some experts say.

Irony of vaccination

August 5, 2020 15:09 pm

COVID-19 pandemic has upended every aspect of lives around the world. Many people in the world including scientists and public health experts strongly believe that a vaccine is the only solution to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, scientists and vaccine companies are working tirelessly to bring a safe and effective vaccine in the market. However, no matter how effective the vaccine will be, it will not solve this looming crisis until we eliminate deeply rooted mistrust against vaccines in general and burgeoning hesitancy toward the COVID-19 vaccine in specific.

WASHINGTON DC, July 15: The first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the U.S. revved up people’s immune systems just the way scientists had hoped, researchers reported Tuesday -- as the shots are poised to begin key final testing.

LONDON, July 12: The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

GENEVA, July 5: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 after they failed to reduce mortality.

KATHMANDU: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday inquired about the possible vaccine against COVID-19 developed at the Hetauda-based Tribhuvan University Institute of Forestry.

Top health officials say the end of this year would be a best case scenario. But scientists have never created a vaccine so quickly, and there’s no guarantee any under development will ultimately work.

WASHINGTON, May 4: Hundreds of people are rolling up their sleeves in countries across the world to be injected with experimental vaccines that might stop COVID-19, spurring hope — maybe unrealistic — that an end to the pandemic may arrive sooner than anticipated.

Innovation in the Pandemic Age

April 22, 2020 16:00 pm

BEIJING – The COVID-19 coronavirus poses a threat on a scale not seen since the so-called Spanish flu killed more than 50 million people in 1918-19. To confront the pandemic, many governments have imposed stay-at-home orders and even strict lockdowns, bringing the global economy nearly to a standstill. But the real solution to this crisis is not containment. It is innovation.

Curing corona

April 20, 2020 16:40 pm

With now almost four months, the corona pandemic has resulted in over 100 thousand deaths. The modeling based on a number of tests and recovery data to date indicates some positive trend of recovery but it has not been very effective. The world focused on isolation measures, developing drugs and vaccines but various other options. Let me talk about those options. Vaccination is an ultimate cure as it helps the body to make an antibody to fight virus attacks. Scientists were able to quickly sequence the genetic materials of COVID-19 as early as in January and manipulate its gene sequence to develop a vaccine. A vaccine developed earlier for corona epidemics—SARS in 2002-04 and Mers in 2012—was never used as the virus was contained. These vaccines are now being trialed against COVID-19 by Novavax company and ready for human trials this spring. A biotech firm Moderna also claims that their vaccine will go for clinical trial soon in Australia. China is also on the race to try its own vaccine for clinical trials. A vaccine needs testing in animals first and then in humans in three-phase trials for approval. Thus it could cost several hundred million dollars.

Quest for cure

April 14, 2020 09:23 am

The world is in a moment of absolute silence and mourning since the outbreak of COVID-19. Unexpected morbidity and mortality have challenged the world’s preparedness for disaster. Myriads of questions have evolved in each individual’s brain. It has become a challenge for humankind even in the modern era of science and technology. The pandemic outbreak has traumatized the world in such a way that it will take a long duration for its recovery.

SEOUL/BEIJING, Feb 25: South Korea aims to test more than 200,000 members of a church at the center of a surge in coronavirus cases while the United States pledged $2.5 billion to fight the disease, as it spreads rapidly beyond China’s borders to Europe and the Middle East.

BEIJING, Aug 21: Scientists are working to develop a vaccine to help guard the world’s pork supply as a deadly virus ravages Asia’s pig herds.

LONDON, June 19: Trust in vaccines - one of the world’s most effective and widely-used medical products - is highest in poorer countries but weaker in wealthier ones where scepticism has allowed outbreaks of diseases such as measles to persist, a global study found on Wednesday.

New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules.

ALBANY, June 14: New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren Thursday, as the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules.

ADEN, April 9: In the summer of 2017, a plane chartered by the United Nations idled on the tarmac at an airport in the Horn of Africa as officials waited for final clearance to deliver half a million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen. Amid the country’s ruinous war, the disease was spiraling out of control, with thousands of new cases reported each day.

DAKAR, Senegal, Jun 1: More than 680 people have received Ebola vaccinations in the three health zones where dozens of cases of the deadly virus have been confirmed, Congo’s health ministry said.

The World Health Organisation has been authorised to use an experimental vaccine to combat an outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where at least 19 people have been killed by the virus.

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 2:  Fifteen young children have died in a botched measles vaccination campaign that saw people as young as 12 years old administering the vaccines, South Sudan's government announced Friday.

JOHANNESBURG, April 24: Three African countries have been chosen to test the world's first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with hundreds of thousands of young children, who have been at highest risk of death.

KATHMANDU, March 5: Ministry of Health on Sunday suspended 18 health workers, including three district health office chiefs, on the charge of obstructing the Polio vaccine administration program.

KATHMANDU, March 5:  Polio vaccine administration program has been obstructed due to protest of health workers in various districts.

Dhangadhi, March 4: Polio vaccine administration program in the district has been obstructed due to protest of health workers. The immunization program is taking place today and tomorrow.

KATHMANDU, June 30:Child Health Division (CHD) under the Department of Health Services (DoHS) said that it has immunized over 3.2 million children under the age of 15 with Japanese encephalitis vaccine.