Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine likely to arrive in Dhaka Sunday night

Moderna wants vaccine approved for adolescents

An 81-year-old pensioner in the United Kingdom who made history when he became the first man in the world to have the COVID-19 vaccination has died of an unrelated illness, the British media reported on Tuesday.

India has become the second country after the U.S. to have crossed 20 crores cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

As per the latest available data with the Union Health Ministry, over 34 per cent population above 45 years has received at least 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the country to date. Daily positivity rate was now at 9.43% and has remained less than 10% for two consecutive days.

"Bill" William Shakespeare, 81, receives the Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine at University Hospital at the start of the largest ever immunisation programme in the UK's history on December 8, 2020 in Coventry, United Kingdom.

But supplies are far short of the millions of doses the world's second-most populous country needs.

The company is, however, open to considering safety surveillance of the first 100 subjects after understanding the process to be followed.

It has also stated that the Pfizer vaccine has undergone significant development over the last six months which includes improvement in storage conditions at 208 degrees for over one month (31 days) at the site of vaccination.

"Recent data points confirm the high effectiveness of BNT612b2 2-dose regimen against SARS-CoV-2 variants, and among individuals of Indian ethnicity", Pfizer has said.

The company - which had never before brought a drug to market - has had trouble meeting insatiable global demand for its vaccine. Using a broader definition for a case of Covid-19, the study showed 93 percent efficacy.

The statement said that the company was also planning to submit the data from the trial to a peer-reviewed publication.

Because the USA government invested heavily in the early research and development of this product, Moderna had to send a certain number of doses to the American marketplace - an obligation that has resulted in reduced shipments to other countries.



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