Corona Updates

UK to donate 20 million more AstraZeneca vaccine doses to countries in need by end of 2021

London [UK]: The United Kingdom on Saturday announced that it would donate 20 million more Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine doses by the end of the year to countries in need.“In 2022, the UK will donate at least 20 million more Oxford-AZ doses,” a statement released by 10 Downing Street said. So far, 10 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine were sent to countries in need as part of the COVAX sharing programme and 10 million more will be sent in the next few weeks. The sent vaccine doses are part of a promised 100 million doses plan for emergency vaccination of people living in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries.“These additional donations mean 30.6 million surplus doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca will have been given to those in need in 2021,” the statement added.The UK will also donate 20 million doses of the Janssen vaccine that it…

Corona Updates

AstraZeneca to seek US approval for COVID-19 vaccine later this year

Washington [US]: The pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca will file a request for approval of its novel coronavirus vaccine in the US later this year, the company said in a statement.Earlier this year, concerns emerged over the side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine due to very rare cases of blood-clotting after vaccination. After some nations temporarily suspended the use of the vaccine, the WHO said it considers the benefits of the drug to outweigh its risks. “We continue to work with the FDA [US Food and Drug Administration] on submission,” the company said on Wednesday. “Currently, the situation with respect to the pandemic and availability of alternative vaccine supply in the US doesn’t really support an Emergency Use Approval. So, we believe that US approval will be via a BLA [Biologics License Applications] which we expect to be submitted later this year.”The FDA has so far…

Asia International

South Korea allows use of remaining AstraZeneca doses on those aged over 30

Seoul [South Korea]: The South Korean health authorities have allowed to immunize those aged 30 and over with the unused shots of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said on Friday.Such citizens will be able to sign up for the remaining doses of the vaccine not used in the vaccination campaign. The British-Swedish AstraZeneca vaccine came under international scrutiny due to reported rare cases of blood clots, leading to restriction of its use to older age groups in some countries.The South Korean government plans to vaccinate 36 million people, or 70% of the population, by the end of September. To date, 21.8 million people have been vaccinated at least once, and 8.2 million people have been completely immunized.

South Asian Countries

Nepal receives first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine from Japan

Kathmandu [Nepal]: Nepal received the first batch of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from Japan on Saturday, local media reports said. Japan’s envoy to Kathmandu Kikuta Yutaka handed over 05,13,420 vaccines to Nepal’s Minister of Health and Population Umesh Shrestha at the country’s Tribhuvan International Airport. On Sunday evening, the vaccine’s second batch will arrive in Kathmandu. The remaining half doses will be brought to the country soonThrough the vaccine sharing scheme COVAX, Japan had promised to provide nearly 1.6 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to Kathmandu. “Nepal appreciates Japan for their generous provision of life-saving vaccine to Nepal through COVAX. These Japanese-made AstraZeneca COVID vaccines will be administered to the senior citizens who are waiting for second shots of vaccines of this group,” the country’s foreign affairs ministry said. On Saturday, the country reported 2,231 new infections in the last 24 hours with the total…