Published: Wed, May 26, 2021
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Over 19.84 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses administered so far: Government

Over 19.84 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses administered so far: Government

USA pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson said Monday it has filed for Japanese health ministry approval of its novel coronavirus vaccine through its local unit.

"We are encouraged that mRNA-1273 was highly effective at preventing COVID-19 in adolescents".

Aside from seeking a US filing, Moderna also plans to submit its new data in teens to other regulators worldwide.

In a significant landmark, the cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 20 crore, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday.

Two weeks after the second dose, researchers found no cases of COVID-19 in the vaccine group compared to 4 cases in the placebo group, resulting in a vaccine efficacy of 100%, based on case definitions from the company's adult trial.

Canada is set for a relatively quiet few days on the COVID-19 vaccine front with only about 600,000 Pfizer-BioNTech doses set to arrive this week. "We remain committed to doing our part to help end the COVID-19 pandemic".

Dr. Theresa Tam says the data following the Victoria Day weekend will tell us whether the trend will continue. Only Moderna has responded to the Punjab government's proposal so far, but has denied to enter a deal. The CDC is investigating cases of post-vaccination myocarditis, primarily among youth. All study participants will be monitored for 12 months after their second dose to determine long-term protection and safety.

Moderna's clinical trial involved 3,732 adolescents, who were given two shots - of either the vaccine or a placebo. They self-reported symptoms or lack of symptoms over the phone and logged entries in an e-Diary about any symptoms.

American pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna have said they would not sell their coronavirus vaccines directly to the Delhi government, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal revealed today.

In addition to the United States, Pfizer's vaccine is also authorized for use in younger teens aged 12 to 15 in Canada and Algeria.

About 88,000 kids in that age group have since received two Pfizer jabs. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen presented data to the leaders suggesting that 300 million doses will have been delivered in the region by the end of May, with about 46% of the adult population in the bloc of 450 million getting at least a first dose of vaccine.

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