Study finds that S. African variant can bypass Pfizer vaccine's shield

A real-world study of data conducted in Israel has reportedly found that the South African variant of the coronavirus possesses the ability to break through the immunity shield created by Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. However, according to reports, it is to be noted that the study in question h

Brazil reports first South African variant case amidst soaring deaths

The Government of Brazil has reportedly announced that the country has detected its first-ever confirmed case of the South African variant. The new case points towards a fresh new sign of danger for a nation that is already being ravaged by the pandemic and reporting the worst daily death toll in th

Africa to receive 220Mn doses of single-shot J&J COVID-19 vaccine

In a recent move to accelerate the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, all the African Union member states are slated to gain access to nearly 220 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) single-dose coronavirus vaccine, with the ability to order an extra 180 million doses. Reportedly, t

Curevo Vaccine to conduct Phase 1b Trial of Chickenpox Vaccine in SA

The clinical trial includes evaluating tolerability, immunogenicity, and safety of two intramuscular vaccinations for HIV-infected children U.S. headquartered clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, Curevo Vaccine has attained an approval for initiating a Phase 1b clinical trial of its investigat

South African business group lobbies vaccine focus on senior citizens

A business lobby group in South Africa has reportedly called on the government to shift the focus of its vaccine program on the elderly as well as the vulnerable, to avoid hospitals being flooded with patients from a third COVID-19 wave. South Africa is increasingly falling behind its schedule in t

Countries urge vaccine makers to share vaccine know-how and blueprints

Throughout Southeast Asia and Africa, several aid groups and governments agencies are joining the World Health Organization’s call for pharmaceutical enterprises to share their respective COVID-19 vaccine patent information in an effort to address the yawning global vaccine shortfall more effe

Study suggests Pfizer vaccine might be less effective in obese people

Data from a recent study suggests that the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine might be less effective for people that are obese. Researchers in Italy have discovered that, as compared to healthy individuals, obese healthcare workers were able to produce just about half the total amount of antibodies a

South Africa to invest $712Mn for commencing its mass vaccination drive

South Africa is nearing plans to inject $712 million to vaccinate 67% of its population as to control the spread of the coronavirus in the country as well as to revive the economy which had faced a slopping decline of 7.2% last year. South Africa was already in the midst of an economy recession prio

Moderna to start testing vaccine which fights the South Africa strain

Renowned American biotech firm, Moderna, has reportedly announced that it is currently working with a number of government scientists in South Africa to study the efficacy of an experimental booster dose designed specifically to target the South African strain of the coronavirus. The biotech enterpr