Keeping vaccines

New method to keep childhood vaccines safe in all temperatures

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London – Vaccines are difficult to transport to remote or dangerous places, as they spoil when not refrigerated but now researchers have developed a way to prevent warmed-up vaccines from degrading. By encasing protein molecules in a silica shell, the structure remains intact even when heated to 100 degrees Celsius, or stored at room temperature for up to three years. …

Covid vaccines

US hands Pfizer, BioNTech $1.95b order for 100m Covid vaccines

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New York – The US government has agreed to pay $1.95 billion for 100 million doses of a potential Covid-19 vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the two companies said. The doses of the vaccine, BNT162, will be obtained after Pfizer successfully manufactures and obtains approval or emergency use authorisation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The …

Russian vaccine

Russian military claims Covid-19 vaccine ‘ready’ sans key trials

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Moscow – In a sensational claim, the Russian military has said it is ready with its experimental coronavirus vaccine, which is yet to even finish Phase II trial and the all-critical Phase III one, The Moscow Times reported recently. Last week, the Russian Defence Ministry had claimed that it has developed a “safe” adenoviral vector-based vaccine, following clinical trials on …

Covid vaccine

Oxford Covid-19 vaccine produces immune response in early trial

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London – The Covid-19 vaccine developed by scientists at the Oxford University produces strong immune responses in both parts of the immune system, showed results of the Phase I/II trial published in The Lancet medical journal yesterday. The vaccine provoked a T cell response within 14 days of vaccination — white blood cells that can attack cells infected with the …

Cannabidiol or CBD

This compound may help avert lung destruction in Covid patients

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New York – Cannabidiol or CBD may help reduce the cytokine storm and excessive lung inflammation that is killing many patients with COVID-19, say researchers. CBD is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid (chemical compound) found in the ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). It has many potential therapeutic benefits, including anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-anxiety, and seizure-suppressant properties. The study, published in the Cannabis and Cannabinoid …

Remdisvir

How Remdesivir can save lives in nations with lower hospital capacity

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New York – Amid news that the US has bought up virtually the entire global supply of remdesivir, a new study outlines how the drug could save lives in countries with a lower hospital capacity, such as South Africa, where Covid-19 is beginning to overwhelm intensive care units (ICUs). The study, published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, estimated that …

Bats

Why Covid-19 virus is not killing bats or making them sick

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New York – Bats which are the carrier of deadly viruses that affect humans like Ebola, rabies, and possibly the SARS-CoV-2 strain of virus that causes coronavirus. However, these viruses have not killed bats but humans. Bats are remarkably able to tolerate viruses, and, additionally, live much longer than similar-sized land mammals. What are the secrets to their longevity and …

Baloxavir drug can cut spread of flu to household members: Study

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New York – Researchers have found that a single dose of the antiviral flu drug — baloxavir marboxil — can reduce the spread of the illness within households. For the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the research team examined household contacts of 545 patients with the flu. They found that flu infections were much less common …

Antibodies

Covid-19 antibodies may last only few months after infection

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London – Immunity to Covid-19 in recovered patients may only last a few months, say German researchers, suggesting that coronavirus antibodies may not remain in the body for long. According to The Brussels Times, the new results reduce hope for a vaccine or collective immunity. The study showed that patients at a clinic in Munich showed a significant drop in …

Air filter

Air filter that can kill Covid-19 virus instantly developed

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New York – Scientists have developed a “catch and kill” air filter that can trap the virus responsible for Covid-19, killing it instantly. A study, published in the journal Materials Today Physics, found that 99.8 per cent of the Covid-19 virus was killed in a single pass through a filter made from commercially available nickel foam heated to 200 degrees …