Covid-19 vaccine: Pfizer, J&J entry could still be months away
Tuesday, 13 April 2021 US pharma biggies Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna could be amongst the potential gainers of the government’s decision to fast-track approvals for foreign-produced Covid-19 vaccines. While Johnson & Johnson is keen to enter India and has held preliminary discussions for applying for an emergency approval recently, Pfizer withdrew in February from the race due to regulatory issues.
European Union leaders have cranked up their criticism of the US call to waive Covid-19 vaccine patents, arguing on Saturday that the move would bring no short or mid-term relief.Instead, they urged Washington to lift export restrictions if it wants to have a global impact on the pandemic.
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President Joe Biden on Wednesday threw his support behind waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, bowing to mounting pressure from Democratic lawmakers and more than 100 other countries, but angering pharmaceutical companies. Jonah Green has more.
From almost 2 dozen patients reportedly going 'missing' from a Delhi hospital, to Gujarat government taking steps against rising cases of 'black fungus' - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. 23 patients at Delhi's Hindu Rao Hospital, run by a civic body, reportedly left the facility without informing. Ten states and Union Territories in India account for over 71% of all new cases. Meanwhile, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir extended restrictions amid high cases. Watch the full video for the other updates on the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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Brian Stelter says Covid-19 coverage is changing as cases dissipate in the United States, and it’s important for media outlets to model the “new normal.” Amanda Marcotte says journalists are feeling more “empowered to ask hard questions” of public health authorities. At the same time, David Zurawik points out, memories of the pandemic’s peak are still fresh.
As India battles the raging second COVID wave, Israeli's Ambassador to India, Ron Malka on May 09 informed that Israel is sending team of experts to help India amid COVID second wave. "We are sending teams of experts to India. For example, we are going to send a team for rapid testing, and a team to develop very easy producing oxygen concentrators. India has remarkable manufacturing capabilities," said Israel Envoy.
Expressing the deep solidarity with India, Israeli's Ambassador to India, Ron Malka on May 09 said that his country will never forget the remarkable assistance that they got from India. "We will never forget the remarkable assistance we got from India at the beginning of this pandemic. India and Israel share strong values of friendship. We are sharing practices, expertise, IPs whatever we can this is a life-saving time. This equipment that we sent is from the heart of the people of Israel to the heart of India. Organisations from private sectors and companies are also collecting equipments and sending it to India," said Israel Envoy.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is preparing to authorize Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE's COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents aged between 12 and 15 years by early next week, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing federal officials familiar with the agency's plans. Gloria Tso reports.
Anchor Lauren St. Germain and Dr. Peggy Duggan, who is the Chief Medical Officer at Tampa General Hospital, discussed what unvaccinated people need to know about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the importance of getting both doses (of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine) to be fully vaccinated, and vaccine hesitancy.
As Pfizer becomes the first pharmaceutical company to seek full FDA approval of its COVID-19 vaccine, some employers may start requiring employees to get vaccinated. Reporter Larry Seward looks at the..