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~Authored by Dr Jesal Sheth, Senior Consultant-Paediatrician, Fortis Hospital, Mulund~ Omicron Variant of the novel coronavirus has been called a variant of concern by the World Health Organization. We have seen several growing cases in India and around the globe. When the previous variant Delta appeared,

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South Korea will start the reservations for coronavirus vaccines from pregnant women this week as the country accelerates its inoculation drive to reach its goal for immunizing 80% of all adults by the end of the month. Health authorities see pregnant mothers as key to the

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The weekly number of coronavirus deaths worldwide has fallen to levels unseen for almost a year, according to an AFP count on Monday based on official national figures. The 53,245 deaths recorded worldwide between September 27 and October 3, an average of 7,606 each day,

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On Tuesday, New Zealand said that it will start using COVID-19 vaccine certificates as proof of inoculation at large events and other high-risk settings from next month, as the country battles the spread of the Delta variant. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, on Monday abandoned a long-standing

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Nicaragua has authorised two Cuban-made coronavirus vaccines to be used in the Central American nation, the Cuban state-run pharmaceutical corporation BioCubaFarma said on Saturday. Cuban scientists have developed three vaccines against COVID-19, all of which are waiting to receive official recognition from the World Health Organization. BioCubaFarma

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India’s drug regulator has refused to grant emergency-use authorisation to single-dose COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik-Light, while ruling out the need for the conduct of the phase-3 trial of the Russian vaccine in the country. According to the recommendations of the Subject Expert Committee (SEC) meeting held on

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The Delta variant, the significantly more transmissible strain of COVID-19, is expected to become a ‘dominant lineage’ if current trends continue, the WHO has warned after it was reported in 85 countries and continues to be detected in more places around the world. The COVID-19

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The AIIMS in New Delhi has decided to resume routine inpatient admissions and elective surgeries at its general and private wards and in all its centres with immediate effect, according to an order by the hospital administration. The order, issued on Wednesday, stated that the decision

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The SARS-CoV-2 sero-positivity rate among children is high and comparable to the adult population and hence, it is unlikely that any future third wave of the prevailing COVID-19 variant would disproportionately affect children aged two years and above, according to the interim findings of an

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