Pfizer’s oral covid pill be ready by year-end

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New York – Pfizer’s Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said their Covid-19 oral antiviral pill could be ready by the end of the year. According to CNBC, the pill, currently is in early-stage clinical trial and being tested as a new antiviral therapy for Covid-19. It is part of a class of medicines called protease inhibitors and works by inhibiting …

How antibodies created by vaccines neutralise Covid-19 infection

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New York – A team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have found how antibodies produced in people who effectively fight off SARS-CoV-2 work to neutralise the part of the virus responsible for causing Covid infection. They analysed blood plasma samples from four people who recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infections and found that about 84 per cent antibodies …

Stop the spread, get vaccinated

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London – ‘Stop the Spread’ rolled out on BBC World television, website and apps during May and June 2020. It aimed to raise the public’s awareness of the volume of misinformation around COVID-19 and encourage people to double check information, therefore limiting the damage and spread of false information. ‘Reporting Misinformation’, launched in August, galvanized people to not only verify …

Pfizer seeking approval for kids 2 to 11 in Sep

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Washington – The New York Times reported pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is looking to get US Food and Drug Administration’s emergency authorisation to administer its coronavirus vaccine to children between the ages of 2 and 11 in September. It is planning to apply for full approval of the vaccine for use in people from ages 16 to 85, soon. It will …

NACI Recommendation on COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy

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Ottawa – NACI recommends that a complete vaccine series with a COVID-19 vaccine (preferably with an mRNA vaccine) may be offered to pregnant individuals in the authorized age group if a risk assessment deems that the benefits outweigh the potential risks for the individual and the fetus, and if informed consent includes discussion about the evidence of the use of …

Oncology medicines coverage well aligned across Canadian provinces, but sources of funding differ

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Ottawa – The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB), through the National Prescription Drug Utilization Information System (NPDUIS) research initiative, today published the second in a three part report series on Alignment Among Public Formularies in Canada. This latest report looks at gaps and overlaps in the coverage and funding of oncology drugs across Canada. The report found that there …

Health Canada authorizes use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children 12 to 15 years of age

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Ottawa – Today, Health Canada authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children 12 to 15 years of age. This is the first COVID-19 vaccine authorized in Canada for use in children and marks a significant milestone in Canada’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Canada received an application to expand the indication of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine on …

Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on vaccines

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Ottawa – COVID-19 pandemic continues to create stress and anxiety for many Canadians, particularly those who do not have ready access to their regular support networks. Through the Wellness Together Canada online portal, people of all ages across the country can access immediate, free and confidential mental health and substance use supports, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. …

A probiotic yogurt-based drug can help in Covid

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London – A new study, published in the journal Microbiome, led by researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel, says the mechanism by which milk fermented probiotics can protect against pathogenic infections and aid the immune system. They are based on molecules isolated from Kefir yogurt, a fermented probiotic dairy drink made by infusing cow or …

Some vaccines can cut Covid transmission by 50%

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London – A study led by UK’s Public Health England has shown people who took the first dose of either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines – and who became infected three weeks later – were between 38 per cent and 49 per cent less likely to pass the virus on than unvaccinated people. It showed protection against Covid was seen …