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AstraZeneca working to adapt vaccine to new strains

  • LONDON: AstraZeneca said Thursday it’s working with the University of Oxford to adapt its COVID-19 vaccine to protect against new strains of the virus as public health officials raise concerns about mutations that may make the virus more resistant to existing vaccines. The Anglo-Swedish drugma...

Pakistan hits goal of 70 million COVID-19 vaccinations for 2021

  • ISLAMABAD: Pakistani planning minister Asad Umar, who also heads the federal pandemic response body, said on Friday the government had achieved its goal of 70 million vaccinations for 2021. Pakistan, with a population of 220 million, rolled out its national vaccine campaign in February, prior...

Australia’s COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations hit new records

  • SYDNEY: New virus cases in Australia surged to record levels on Tuesday, increasing the strain on hospitals and testing centers across the country. In New South Wales, Australia’s most-populous state, 23,131 new cases were reported, an increase on the record of 22,577 cases on New Year’s Day. ...

Tempers fraying in Australia as COVID-19 cases hit new highs

  • SYDNEY: Australia’s daily COVID-19 cases hit a record high for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, further straining hospital resources and testing facilities as public anger grows over the handling of the fast-moving omicron outbreak. Many Australians, already unhappy about long queues at...

Indian man who got 12 jabs charged with 'cheating' vaccine system, on the run

  • NEW DELHI: When Brahmadev Mandal, an 84-year-old resident of India's eastern Bihar state, got his first coronavirus vaccine dose in February last year, he said he felt what was a “great improvement” in a knee pain that had bothered him for years. After the second dose, the retired c...

No new restrictions, Sindh province decides as COVID-19 positivity ratio crosses 28 percent

  • KARACHI: On account of low hospitalization rates and few people in critical care, authorities in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province said on Thursday they were not considering imposing new restrictions and a major food festival would be held this week as per schedule despite a surge in coronavir...

India PM Narendra Modi calls meeting of state chiefs on fighting omicron variant

  • NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold discussions with state chiefs on Thursday on containing the possible surge of omicron cases ahead of the festive season, as gatherings in public spaces and markets gain momentum. India has recorded 236 omicron coronavirus case...

New Covid variant throws sport in South Africa into turmoil

  • JOHANNESBURG: Sports events in South Africa were thrown into turmoil on Friday following the announcement on travel bans following the discovery of a new strain of coronavirus in the country. Two rounds of matches in the United Rugby Championship were postponed, golfers playing in a profession...

How Saudi Arabia turned the page on the COVID-19 pandemic

  • RIYADH, LONDON: What a difference six months makes. On Monday, Saudi Arabia ended its COVID-19 restrictions, including the requirement to wear face masks in closed places. And Saudis are rejoicing. The announcement by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported, citing an Interior Ministry statement...

Iran boasts of Revolutionary Guards ‘missile city’ base

  • JEDDAH: Iran boasted on Monday that it had set up a new “missile city” packed with cruise and ballistic missiles and electronic warfare equipment. The base, operated by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was unveiled by the IRGC leader Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami and the organization’s naval...