Why experts think we’ll need to vaccinate children against Covid

  by Issam Ahmed and Lucie Aubourg Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Drugmaker Moderna says it has started Covid-19 vaccine trials for thousands of children aged under 12, a first step towards a new phase of the immunization campaign experts say might be necessary to stamp out the pandemic. While children are generally spared the worst of the disease, under-18s account for roughly a fifth of the US population of 330 million, […]

Pfizer begins Covid vaccine trial in young children

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Pfizer said Thursday it had begun clinical trials for its Covid vaccine in children under the age of eleven, an early sign of the next stage of the global immunization campaign. “Together with our partner BioNTech, we have dosed the first healthy children in a global Phase 1/2/3 continuous study to further evaluate the safety, tolerability, and immunogenicity of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine,” the company said in a statement […]

EBC Films’ “Guerrero Dos” nominated in 8 categories in 36th PMPC Star Awards for Movies

  (Eagle News) – EBC Films’ “Guerrero Dos: Tuloy” ang Laban has been nominated in eight categories in the 36th Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Movies. The movie itself has been nominated as “Indie Movie of the Year, while its director Carlo Ortega Cuevas was nominated in the category Indie Movie Director of the Year, Indie Movie Screenwriter of the Year, and Indie Movie Musical Scorer Of The Year along with Abet […]

Covid-19 vaccines online or in development

    by Paul RICARD and Jean-Philippe CHOGNOT Agence France Presse   With several Covid-19 vaccines either being rolled out or under trial, here is a rundown of the various stages of their development. On the market: PFIZER/BIONTECH The mRNA vaccine developed by US pharma giant Pfizer and German start-up BioNTech is already approved for use in the European Union, the United States, Canada, Britain and several other nations. Clinical trials showed the vaccine — […]

China approves inhaled CanSino vaccine for clinical trials

  BEIJING, China (AFP) — China’s drug authority has approved for clinical trials an inhaled Covid-19 vaccine co-developed by domestic firm CanSino Biologics, the company said in a filing on Tuesday. The move comes after the National Medical Products Administration gave another CanSino vaccine conditional approval last month, allowing it for public use. China currently has five coronavirus vaccines that have been given conditional market approval or allowed for emergency use, but none of these […]

Russia puts 38 foreign satellites into orbit

  MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — Russia on Monday put 38 foreign satellites into orbit after a succesful launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan following delays due to technical issues. Video published by the Russian space agency Roscosmos showed its Soyuz rocket launching against grey and cloudy skies at 0607 GMT. “The Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Fregat upper stage and 38 spacecraft from 18 countries took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome,” Roscosmos said on […]

No threat to Earth as huge asteroid zooms past

  by Qasim Nauman Agence France Presse SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — The largest asteroid to pass by Earth this year has made its closest approach, posing no threat of a cataclysmic collision but giving astronomers a rare chance to study a rock formed during the beginning of our solar system. The asteroid was two million kilometers (1.25 million miles) away at its nearest, according to NASA — more than five times the distance between […]

Drinking alcohol, substance use linked to severe COVID-19, hospitalization and death, various studies show

Noting this, WHO recommends restricted access to alcohol, liquor during lockdown   (Eagle News) – Persons who have a history of alcohol, illegal drugs and substance use are more at risk in getting severe COVID-19 and being hospitalized, according to various studies and the World Health Organization. In fact, WHO is urging all countries to restrict alcohol or liquor use during lockdown as this had been found to contribute to severe COVID-19 infection, and even […]

AstraZeneca says vaccine 80% effective for elderly, no blood clot risk

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine is 80 percent effective at preventing the disease in the elderly and does not increase the risk of blood clots, the biotech firm said Monday, following its US phase III efficiency trials. It was 79 percent effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 in the overall population and 100 percent effective at preventing severe disease and hospitalization, it said. Several countries had advised against administering the jab to […]

Successful test for NASA’s giant Moon rocket

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — NASA successfully carried out a key static test of its troubled Space Launch System rocket on Thursday, a win for the agency as it prepares to return to the Moon. The second “hot fire” test saw all four of the rocket’s RS-25 engines fire simultaneously at 4:40 pm Eastern time (1940 GMT) for the full duration of eight minutes, producing a maximum of 1.6 million pounds of thrust (7.1 million […]

J&J jab effective in countries with variants: WHO experts

  by Robin MILLARD Agence France Presse GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The WHO’s expert vaccine advisers on Wednesday recommended Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 jab for use in countries where coronavirus variants of concern are circulating. The World Health Organization gave its seal of approval on Friday to the vaccine, which has the advantages of being a single-shot jab that can be stored at regular refrigeration rather than ultra-cold temperatures. After meeting on Monday, the WHO’s […]

WHO still reviewing safety data on AstraZeneca, but recommends Covid jabs to continue

  GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — The World Health Organization said Wednesday its experts were still reviewing safety data on the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine following concerns around blood clots but recommended that injection programmes continue. While millions of doses of the vaccine have been administered, small numbers of people have developed blood clots, prompting countries including the EU’s three largest nations — Germany, France and Italy — to suspend injections. “The WHO Global Advisory Committee on […]