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COVID-19 vaccines work against Indian variant: Study

  • LONDON: Approved COVID-19 vaccines are effective against the Indian variant (B.1.617.2), a study by scientists at Oxford University has found. “It looks like the Indian variant will be susceptible to the vaccine in the way that other (variants) are,” Prof. Sir John Bell, emeritus professor of...
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India tells social media firms to take down ‘Indian variant’ posts

  • NEW DELHI: India’s government has ordered social media platforms to take down content that refers to the “Indian variant” of the coronavirus. The B.1.617 variant was first detected in India last year and has been blamed for much of a devastating Covid-19 wave that has battered South Asian nati...
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Two COVID-19 shots effective against India variant: English health body

  • LONDON: A double dose of COVID-19 vaccines is almost as effective against the fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus first identified in India as it is against Britain’s dominant strain, English health officials said on Saturday. Britain’s health minister said the data was groundbreaking an...
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Omicron risk remains ‘very high’: WHO

  • GENEVA: The risk posed by the omicron variant is still “very high,” the World Health Organization said Wednesday, after Covid-19 case numbers shot up by 11 percent globally last week. Omicron is behind rapid virus spikes in several countries, including those where it has already overtaken the...
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Pakistan reports first case of India variant

  • ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s health ministry on Friday reported the detection of the first case of an Indian variant of coronavirus. That’s prompted authorities to trace those who were in contact with the patient who tested positive for the Indian variant. Health officials also reported the presence...
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Oxford says COVID-19 vaccine with AstraZeneca works against UK variant

  • LONDON: AstraZeneca and Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine has similar efficacy against the British coronavirus variant as it does to the previously circulating variants, the university said on Friday. The variant, first identified in Kent, southern England, is more easily transmissible...
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Coronavirus variants could be dealt with via single jab: UK scientist

  • LONDON: A single booster jab may be enough in future to protect people from the Brazilian and South African variants of coronavirus, a leading British scientist has suggested. Prof. Andrew Pollard, head of the Oxford University group that developed a vaccine in partnership with AstraZene...
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Pakistan reports first case of Indian coronavirus variant

  • ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s health ministry on Friday reported the detection of the first case of an Indian variant of coronavirus. That prompted authorities to trace those who were in contact with the patient who tested positive for the Indian variant. Health officials also reported the presence...
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Provincial government says five Pakistanis with UK coronavirus variant ‘fully recovered’  

  • KARACHI: Health authorities in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province said on Tuesday five people who had returned from the United Kingdom and were found to be suffering from a new variant of the coronavirus had fully recovered without transmitting the virus to local contacts and community.  ...
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UK to launch vaccine trials on COVID-19 variants in summer

  • LONDON: British clinical trials of vaccines against new variants of COVID-19 will start in the summer to prepare updated jabs for the autumn if variants evade the current inoculations, the Oxford University vaccine group’s lead researcher has told the UK Parliament. Prof. Sarah Gilbert said he...
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