India to recruit ex-army medics as COVID-19 overwhelms healthcare system, officials say – National

India will recruit hundreds of former army medics to support its overwhelmed healthcare system, the defence ministry said on Sunday, as the country grapples with record COVID-19 infections and deaths amid calls for a complete nationwide lockdown. Some 400 medical officers are expected to serve on contract for a maximum of 11 months, the […]

‘Unfair and unjust’: why some countries have no COVID-19 jabs at all – National

At the small hospital where Dr. Oumaima Djarma works in Chad’s capital, there are no debates over which COVID-19 vaccine is the best. There are simply no vaccines at all. Not even for the doctors and nurses like her, who care for COVID-19 patients in Chad, one of the least-developed nations in the world […]

India’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign falters as cases grow – National

Since India opened COVID-19 vaccinations to all adults this month, hoping to tame a disastrous coronavirus surge sweeping across the country, the pace of administering the shots has dropped with states saying they only have limited stock to give out. Alongside a slowdown in vaccinations, states have gone to court over oxygen shortages as […]

As India’s COVID-19 cases climb, neighbouring Bangladesh faces variant threats – National

India’s surge in COVID-19 cases is having a dangerous effect on neighbouring Bangladesh. Health experts warn of imminent vaccine shortages just as the country should be stepping up its vaccination drive, and as more contagious virus variants are beginning to be detected. On Saturday, health authorities said that for the first time, a coronavirus […]

COVID-19 variant first found in U.K. accounts for 70% of cases in Pakistan: researcher – National

A coronavirus variant first discovered in the United Kingdom now accounts for up to 70 per cent of COVID-19 infections across Pakistan, a research centre studying the disease in the country said on Saturday. The country has imposed strict nationwide restrictions in the lead up to the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr next week […]

U.S. stand on waiving COVID-19 vaccine patents is no ‘magic bullet’: European Union – National

European Union leaders cranked up their criticism of the U.S. call to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents Saturday, arguing the move would bring no short or midterm relief. They instead urged Washington to lift export restrictions if it wants to have a global impact on the pandemic. “We don’t think, in the short term, that […]

Southern India states lock down as country reports over 4,100 new COVID-19 deaths – National

Two southern states in India became the latest to declare lockdowns, as coronavirus cases surge at breakneck speed across the country and pressure mounts on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to implement a nationwide shutdown. At over 300,000, Karnataka’s capital of Bengaluru has the highest active caseload of any Indian city. But experts warn […]

Olympic official says Tokyo Games will go ahead, but admits opposition ‘a concern’ – National

Top Olympic official John Coates said on Saturday that while Japanese sentiment turning against the Tokyo Games was a “concern”, he could foresee no scenario under which the sporting showpiece would not go ahead. Questions have been raised about the viability of staging the Games in July and August with Tokyo in a state […]

AstraZeneca considers seeking full U.S. approval for its COVID-19 vaccine – National

AstraZeneca Plc may skip asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency-use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine and instead pursue the more time-intensive application for a full-fledged license to sell the shot, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Read more: Pfizer, AstraZeneca vaccines 87% effective in 60+ age group after one dose: data […]

U.S. bound international travellers can use some self COVID-19 tests: CDC – National

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday that U.S.-bound international travellers can use some self COVID-19 tests to meet entry requirements. Read more: Canada’s vaccination rate is eclipsing the U.S. Experts say the comparison is complicated In January, the CDC mandated all passengers two and older get negative COVID tests […]