Tag: Vaccinations

IMF hikes growth forecast for the Middle East, says recovery will be ‘divergent’

The International Monetary Fund has revised its growth forecast upward for the Middle East and North Africa region, as countries recover from the coronavirus crisis that began in 2020. Real GDP in the MENA region is now expected to grow 4% in 2021, up from the fund’s October projection of 3.2%. However, the outlook will […]

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China mulls mixing vaccines to improve efficacy of jabs – ET HealthWorld

Beijing: China is considering the mixing of different Covid-19 vaccines to improve the relatively low efficacy of its existing options, a top health expert has told a conference. Authorities have to “consider ways to solve the issue that efficacy rates of existing vaccines are not high”, Chinese media outlet The Paper reported, citing Gao Fu, […]

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Germany’s health minster calls for a nationwide lockdown, considers Russian vaccine

A healthcare worker cares for a Covid-19 patient in the ICU ward at the Robert Bosch Hospital in Stuttgart, Germany, on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that Germany faces hard lockdown measures into late March if authorities fail to contain a fast-spreading variant of the coronavirus. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images […]

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Ahead of the Olympics, Japan’s vaccine minister says he fears a virus uptick in Tokyo

Japan is working closely with the International Olympic Committee to prepare for the Games and despite concerns about Covid-19 cases flaring, there are no plans to postpone, said Japan’s minister in charge of vaccinations. “Unless they decide otherwise, we just simply need to prepare for the Games, how to control the situation. I think it […]

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Vaccines are a national priority but not ‘silver bullets’ for reopening, Singapore minister says

SINGAPORE — Singapore needs a “suite of measures” beyond Covid vaccinations in order to open up its economy and allow international travel, said S Iswaran, the country’s minister for communications and information. Some of those measures may include testing for Covid-19, he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Tuesday, as part of World Economic Forum Global […]

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How Dr. Scott Gottlieb protects his young kids on playdates before they can get Covid shots

Dr. Scott Gottlieb on Monday explained how he’s trying to keep his three young daughters safe from Covid-19 while still allowing them to visit friends before their age groups can get vaccinated. Gottlieb detailed his approach on “Squawk Box,” after co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin asked the former FDA chief for his thoughts on indoor playdates […]

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IMF to raise global growth forecasts on U.S. stimulus and Covid vaccination progress

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva speaks at a press conference in Washington D.C., on March 4, 2020. Liu Jie | Xinhua | Getty Images LONDON — The International Monetary Fund is even more optimistic about global growth this year, but has insisted there is still “high uncertainty” ahead. Back in January, the IMF […]

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Double mutation of the Covid variant in India risks spreading to other countries, doctor says

The double mutation of a Covid-19 variant discovered in India is of grave concern — and could spread to other countries, according to Dr. Kavita Patel, a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution. “It is something to watch very closely, and something that will not be limited to India. It is something we will likely […]

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The EU could open up a ‘Pandora’s box’ of vaccine nationalism if it restricts exports, professor says

The European Union could open up a “Pandora’s box” if it decides to restrict exports of coronavirus vaccines, a political analyst told CNBC last week. Vaccination drives in the 27-member bloc have been hindered by production issues. Anglo-Swedish firm AstraZeneca earlier this year cut its first-quarter target from 90 million doses to 30 million doses. […]

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