Australia's prime minister on Friday said he "understands" why Italy blocked the planned export of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine . Nevertheless, Australia asked the European Commission on Friday to review the decision. Italy, backed by the European Union's executive arm, used export controls to stop around 250,000 doses leaving for Australia earlier this week, after the drug manufacturer failed to fulfill its European Union order. "Australia has raised the issue with the European Commission through multiple channels," Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt told reporters on Friday. Watch video 05:39 Share EU vaccination shortfall Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3prGQ EU vaccine export ban 'must be on the table,' says MEP Manfred Weber Morrison acknowledges greater urgency in Italy Despite the hold-up, … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Australia wants EU to ‘review’ Italy’s vaccine block
Vietnam is expected to secure 90 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in 2021 and has already announced a list of target groups eligible to receive the first available shots. The Southeast Asian country received its first COVID-19 vaccine shipment on February 24 – a batch of 117,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical company, and the University of Oxford. The Ministry of Health said last week that the country aims to obtain 90 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of the year, including 30 million through the COVAX scheme co-led by WHO, 30 million through AstraZeneca, and the rest through negotiations with U.S. producers. Talks were also taking place to secure Russia’s Sputnik V jab, the ministry added. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has requested the Ministry of Health to begin COVID-19 vaccination for prioritized groups by the end of this week. As soon as the proper logistics are in place, vaccinations will … [Read more...] about What COVID-19 vaccine is available in Vietnam and who can get it?
SINGAPORE - When the Covid-19 outbreak began in January, Mr Abdul Wahab, 54, a nurse clinician in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) refrained from visiting his elderly mother so as not to expose her to the virus. He looked forward to hugging her once it ended. When his mother developed heart failure in October, he was stuck between wanting to be by her side, and keeping her safe from anything that might be on him. But he did not expect that she would die last month. Mr Wahab had seen his mother just three times this year - twice in hospital and once at home. For their unselfish dedication to their jobs despite the personal sacrifices, Mr Wahab and four others have been nominated to represent the army of people on the front lines of Covid-19 as The Straits Times Singaporean of the Year. The virus kept Mr Wahab on his toes as he encountered new clinical challenges despite working in ICUs since 1996. He had to learn to use the … [Read more...] about ST Singaporean of the Year 2020: A year of growth and trials for Covid-19 front-liners
SINGAPORE - For swabber Benson Ng and intensive care unit (ICU) nurse clinician Abdul Wahab, the effects of the contagious enemy hit too close to home. In March, Mr Ng's father contracted Covid-19 and had to be closely monitored in the ICU for a few days. Witnessing his father's ordeal with the disease and going through quarantine first-hand with his family spurred the 32-year-old, who used to work in food retail, to sign up as a swabber for Covid-19 tests. He wanted to do his part to contribute to the fight against he virus. Since the start of the outbreak last year, Mr Wahab - who works at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) - had refrained from visiting his mother so as not to expose her to the coronavirus, and was eager to embrace her once it all ended. But unfortunately, she died last November, and he saw his mother in person only thrice last year. Mr Wahab, 54, and Mr Ng - along with three other Covid-19 front-liners - represented all healthcare workers and … [Read more...] about Covid-19 front-line fighters: A look back at year of sacrifices and trials
Basingstoke, England (CNN) Last May, Steve Bates' phone rang. The UK was in the midst of its first national lockdown -- there was a stay-at-home order, schools and most shops were closed, and experts were warning that a vaccine could still be years out. At the other end of the line was an old friend, Kate Bingham , a pharmaceutical investor who had just agreed to lead the UK's Vaccine Taskforce, a team of private sector experts assembled to secure vaccine doses for the British public. She wanted him to join. "She wanted my contacts. She knew that I knew everybody in the industry," Bates, a lobbyist who heads the UK BioIndustry Association, told CNN. "Kate Bingham said to me, 'we've never made a vaccine that's worked against a human coronavirus. This is a long shot.'" Compelled by a sense of national duty in a time of crisis, Bates agreed to help. By that time, the British government had one of the highest national death tolls globally, having dragged its feet to … [Read more...] about Vaccine rollout is a much-needed win for UK after bungling its pandemic response