Monitoring Desk MOSCOW: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte previously stated that he is ready to be a test subject for the Sputnik V vaccine, developed by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute. The Philippines is looking to launch clinical trials for the Russian coronavirus vaccine in October, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said on Thursday. Phase three clinical trials…

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Monitoring Desk BERLIN: Germany’s leading infectious disease institute has said that a first vaccine against the coronavirus could be available as early as autumn but warned that it may take longer to control the pandemic. “Preliminary projections make the availability of one or several vaccines seem possible by autumn 2020,” the Robert KochInstitute said in…

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F.P. Report PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan on Wednesday formally kicked off an anti-polio campaign by administering anti polio drops to a child here at Chief Minister House Peshawar. During the campaign, a total of 4.56 million children will be administered anti-polio drops in 21 highly sensitive districts of province. KP Minister for…

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Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: The US in recent weeks has made deals to acquire hundreds of millions of doses of potential Covid-19 vaccines from several companies as part of its Operation Warp Speed programme. The United States has entered an agreement with drugmaker Moderna Inc to acquire 100 million doses of its potential Covid-19 vaccine for…

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Monitoring Desk BEIRUT: UNICEF says three children among the dead in Beirut blast and at least 31 others hurt seriously. As many as 100,000 children were displaced from their homes, according to Save the Children, with many of them traumatised. When the huge explosion ripped through Beirut last week, it shattered the glass doors near…

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Monitoring Desk MOSCOW: The vaccine, known as “Sputnik-V” was developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute, and its mass production has already begun at AFK Sistema’s Binnopharm pharmaceutical factory. The total output of the drug is expected to reach 500 million doses in the first 12 months. Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko Wednesday announced that the…

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Monitoring Desk JAKARTA: China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd has launched a late-stage human trial involving as many as 1,620 patients in Indonesia for a Covid-19 vaccine candidate that it is developing with Indonesian state-owned peer Bio Farma. The candidate, known as CoronaVac and previously PiCoVacc, is among few potential vaccines that have entered late-stage trials for…

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Monitoring Desk MOSCOW: Russia on Tuesday became the first country to officially register a coronavirus vaccine and declare it ready for use, despite international skepticism. President Vladimir Putin said that one of his daughters has already been inoculated. Putin emphasized that the vaccine underwent the necessary tests and has proven efficient, offering a lasting immunity…

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Monitoring Desk JAKARTA: China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd launched on Tuesday a late-stage human trial involving as many as 1,620 patients in Indonesia for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that it is developing with Indonesian state-owned peer Bio Farma. The candidate, known as CoronaVac and previously PiCoVacc, is among few potential vaccines that have entered late-stage trials…

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