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Homegrown Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
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Local Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind.While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and donors to ensure fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for low- and middle-income countries, has said it will miss its target to distribute 2bn doses g...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Science, Biology, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, China, Singapore, India, Africa, Americas, Senegal, European Union, Society, World news


Latest developments in medical treatment for coronavirus

After positive clinical trials for antiviral drug Molnupiravir, it joins other medicines that have shown promiseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first clinical trial results showing a positive effect for a pill that can be taken at home has been hailed as a potential game-changer that could provide a new way to protect the most vulnerable people from the worst effects of Covid-19. Molnupiravir joins a growing list of medicines that have shown promise. Here are some...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Science, Drugs, Singapore, India, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Switzerland


Coronavirus treatments: the potential ‘game-changers’ in development

After positive clinical trials for antiviral drug Molnupiravir, it joins other medicines that have shown promiseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe first clinical trial results showing a positive effect for a pill that can be taken at home has been hailed as a potential gamechanger that could provide a new way to protect the most vulnerable people from the worst effects of Covid-19. Molnupiravir joins a growing list of medicines that have shown promise. Here are some ...
Tags: Europe, Business, Japan, Science, Drugs, Singapore, India, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Switzerland


Mismatch of mindsets: why the Taliban won in Afghanistan

Analysis: the west tried to impose its alien values and it is time to try a new approach, as Joe Biden has indicatedSome years ago, in Afghanistan, the anthropologist Scott Atran asked a Taliban fighter what it would take to stop the fighting, because families on both sides were crying. The fighter replied: “Leave our country and the crying will stop.”The crying may not have stopped, but the Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan without an air force, heavy arms or expensive training, against...
Tags: Science, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Afghanistan, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Anthropology, University of Oxford, Scott Atran


Born to be wild: India’s first captive-bred endangered vultures are set free

Numbers of the country’s carrion-loving birds dropped by over 97% in the 1990s. Now, a successful breeding scheme is giving them a boostIn February, the doors of an aviary in West Bengal’s Buxa tiger reserve were flung open. Eight critically endangered captive-bred white-rumped vultures cautiously emerged and within minutes were mingling with wild vultures, devouring the meat of carcasses left out by a team of researchers from the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).The birds were raised in a ...
Tags: Science, Drugs, Zoos, Animals, India, Environment, World news, Birds, South and Central Asia, Pollution, Wildlife, Conservation, Endangered Species, Veterinary Medicine, West Bengal, Bombay Natural History Society BNHS


Battle for oxygen as coup-hit Myanmar faces its most severe Covid outbreak

Outbreak could not have come at a worse time, after military coup caused hospitals to collapse and threw vaccination campaign into chaosSee all our coronavirus coverageKhin Nwe Soe* went in a taxi, from factory to factory across Myanmar’s main city of Yangon, desperately searching for oxygen tanks for her 21-year-old son. A home test had shown he had Covid-19. He was in pain, able only to lie down, and his oxygen levels had dropped as low as 90%.“She tried very hard, queuing at every place she c...
Tags: Science, World news, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Myanmar, Yangon, Coronavirus, Aye Myat Noe


Myanmar reports highest Covid numbers since coup as concerns over health system grow

State hospitals are barely functioning as humanitarian crisis unfolds across the countryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMyanmar has reported what is believed to be its highest daily increase in Covid cases since the February coup, as concerns grow over the country’s collapsed health system and the junta’s continued crackdown on medics.Myanmar’s Covid response was plunged into chaos when the military seized power on 1 February, detaining the elected government of Aung ...
Tags: Science, World news, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar, Coronavirus, Myanmar coup


Eradicating polio is finally within reach. Why is the UK taking its foot off the pedal? | Anne Wafula Strike

Instead of cutting the aid budget – including 95% from the plan to stamp out the disease – Britain should take a global leadDespite the Covid pandemic, there have been just two recorded cases of wild polio in 2021 – in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two remaining hiding places for the disease. But eradication is not guaranteed. Polio is virulent and spreads quickly. Even one case poses a threat to unvaccinated children everywhere, which is why a new strategy launched last week by the Global Polio...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, UK News, World news, Afghanistan, Britain, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Pakistan, Aid, Global development, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Polio, Anne Wafula Strike


What is the deadly ‘black fungus’ seen in Covid patients in India?

Usually very rare, mucormycosis has a high mortality rate and is difficult to treat A rare black fungus that invades the brain is being increasingly seen in vulnerable patients in India, including those with Covid-19, as the health system continues to struggle in the midst of the pandemic.The health ministry on Sunday released an advisory on how to treat the infection. In the state of Gujarat, about 300 cases had been reported in four cities, including Ahmedabad, according to data from state-run...
Tags: Science, India, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Fungi, Gujarat, Ahmedabad, Coronavirus


Nepal urges Everest climbers to return used oxygen canisters amid Covid crisis

Climbers and their Sherpa guides were estimated to have carried at least 3,500 oxygen bottles this season – now they need to be refilledSee all our coronavirus coverageNepal is so short of oxygen canisters that it has asked climbers on Mount Everest to bring back their empties instead of abandoning them on mountain slopes, an official said on Monday, as it struggles with a second wave of the coronavirus.The country issued climbing permits to more than 700 climbers for 16 Himalayan peaks – 408 to...
Tags: Science, World news, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Nepal, Mount Everest, Coronavirus


Explainer: What is the deadly ‘black fungus’ seen in Covid patients in India?

Usually very rare, mucormycosis has a high mortality rate and is difficult to treat A rare black fungus that invades the brain is being increasingly seen in vulnerable patients in India, including those with Covid-19, as the health system continues to struggle in the midst of the pandemic.The health ministry on Sunday released an advisory on how to treat the infection. In the state of Gujarat, about 300 cases had been reported in four cities, including Ahmedabad, according to data from state-run...
Tags: Science, India, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Fungi, Gujarat, Ahmedabad, Coronavirus


Tea-growing areas to be badly hit if global heating intensifies

In Kenya, the area of optimal tea-growing conditions will be reduced by more than a quarter by 2050Your morning cup of tea may never taste the same again if global heating increases and the climate crisis intensifies, according to research.Some of the world’s biggest tea-growing areas will be among the worst hit by extreme weather, and their yields are likely to be vastly reduced in the coming decades if climate breakdown continues at its current pace. Floods, droughts, heatwaves and storms are ...
Tags: Tea, Food, Science, Climate Change, China, India, Africa, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Kenya, Sri Lanka


Covid third wave ‘inevitable’ in India, say health experts

New variants are contributing factor behind country’s vicious second wave with likelihood of more variants emergingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHealth experts have warned that a Covid-19 third wave is “inevitable” in India, as evidence grows that new variants are a contributing factor behind the country’s vicious second wave.India broke global records again on Thursday, recording 412,784 new cases and 3,980 deaths over 24 hours. Experts believe the real figure to b...
Tags: Science, India, World news, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Delhi, Coronavirus


Vaccine shortages blight India’s efforts to contain Covid crisis

Indian government accused of complacency, with shortage of jabs likely to continue ‘for months’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSevere Covid-19 vaccine shortages have hampered India’s plan to administer jabs to all adults, with fewer then half of India’s states able to begin vaccinating over-18s amid warnings the shortfall could last months.Over the weekend, more than 600 million Indians became eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in a policy that was introduced in the...
Tags: Science, India, World news, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Covering India’s Covid crisis: ‘Hundreds of journalists have lost their lives’

Our South Asia correspondent reflects on a catastrophe that is now affecting the lives of almost everyone in the countryYou recently lost a close colleague, Kakoli Bhattacharya, to Covid-19. Can you tell us about her and the important work that she did? Kakoli was the Guardian’s news assistant over here and had worked for us since 2009. She could find any number or contact I needed and smoothed over any and all of the bureaucratic challenges that working in India can present. She made reporting ...
Tags: Science, Biology, India, Narendra Modi, World news, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, The Guardian, Guardian, Vaccines and immunisation, Membership, South Asia, Coronavirus, Kakoli Bhattacharya


How many more images of Covid disaster does it take to jolt rich countries into action? | Nesrine Malik

The crisis in India forced the west to respond. But without an ambitious global plan, other nations may suffer similar fatesAs the number of Covid-19 cases rose dramatically in Europe and the US during the early part of last year, something strange seemed to be happening in the global south. South Africa’s entire death toll was less than 100 at the same time that Britain was losing more than 1,000 lives a day. India’s death rate during this period was so low that it was termed a “mystery”. More ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, India, Africa, US, World news, US news, Britain, South Africa, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Kenya, Madagascar, Nesrine Malik, Coronavirus


Explainer: why is getting medical oxygen for Covid patients in some countries so difficult?

As India’s hospitals struggle to keep pace with demand, the pandemic has exposed global market failures, lack of knowledge and anticipationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew waves of the Covid-19 pandemic in countries, such as India and Kenya have exposed the poor management of oxygen supplies. Prof Trevor Duke, editor of the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on oxygen therapy for children, answered questions on what countries with limited resources can do t...
Tags: Science, India, South and Central Asia, Kenya, World Health Organization WHO, Coronavirus, Trevor Duke


UK Covid vaccine supply hit as rise in Indian cases diverts doses closer to home

Serum Institute of India, the world’s biggest vaccines supplier, asked by Delhi to keep more supplies in the country as demand and coronavirus cases growCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn office worker in India’s Maharashtra state develops flu-like symptoms - and upsets the vaccination plans of a British forty-something in lockdown thousands of miles away.Such is the butterfly effect of the global scramble for Covid-19 vaccines, with a surge in Indian cases over the p...
Tags: UK, Science, Biology, India, World news, Medical Research, Britain, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Delhi, Maharashtra, Coronavirus, Serum Institute of India the world


Matt Hancock tells MPs retest on Covid doses and delays in India will hit UK jabs

Health secretary says timetable will not change, but government expert warns infections may rise because of delay vaccinating the under-50s Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMatt Hancock has said there will be a significant dip in vaccine supply in April, confirming supplies had been hit by a need to retest 1.7m doses and a delay in arrival of imports from India.Speaking in the House of Commons, Hancock stressed the overall target timetable for vaccinations will not cha...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Science, Biology, India, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Hancock, Matt Hancock


What price a child's life? India's quest to make rare disease drugs affordable

Parents whose only hope was finding foreign sponsorship or a clinical trial are now looking for homegrown breakthroughsFor three years, Vidya tried to find the cause of her son’s recurrent fevers and low cognitive development. When she found out, she was devastated.Vineeth, 10, has an incurable illness – mucopolysaccharidosis type 2 – that affects his organs. Afflicting just one in a million, the enzyme-replacement medication that can help stop the illness getting any worse costs £100,000 a year...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, Biology, India, Society, World news, Genetics, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Global development, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vidya, Global Health, Children's Health


Indian hesitancy sets back world's biggest Covid vaccination drive

Low uptake fuelled by fears over safety of vaccine and spread of misinformation Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia’s Covid-19 vaccine drive has been hampered by turnout as low as 22% in some states, as fears over the safety of the vaccine and the spread of misinformation has fuelled widespread hesitancy.On Saturday, India launched the world’s largest vaccination programme as it began the massive task of vaccinating its 1.3 billion citizens against coronavirus. Cont...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, India, Society, World news, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Sri Lankan holy man’s ‘miracle’ potion for Covid turns sour

Minister who publicly drank syrup touted as coronavirus cure tests positive Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA self-styled Sri Lankan holy man’s supposed miracle potion to prevent Covid-19 has turned sour after a minister who publicly drank it was taken to hospital with the virus.Thousands defied public gathering restrictions to swamp a village in central Sri Lanka last month to get the syrup made by Dhammika Bandara. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, World news, Medical Research, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Sri Lanka, Coronavirus, Dhammika Bandara Continue


Spider-Man-style medical gun spins out 'skin substitute' for burns

Israeli firm claims device allows patients to move freely and does away with painful dressingsDoctors in Europe, India and Israel have begun using a medical gun that spins out a protective web to cover burns and wounds, hoping the breathable “skin substitute” will help patients recover without the need for painful bandage changes.Nanomedic, an Israeli company that designed the Spincare system, claims its device gives patients increased mobility – often essential for burn rehabilitation – and eve...
Tags: Europe, Science, India, Israel, World news, Medical Research, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Europe India


India's approval of covid vaccines triggers mass immunisation drive

Green light for Oxford vaccine alongside domestic Covaxin hailed as ‘decisive turning point’ by PMCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia has granted emergency approval to both the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and the domestically developed Covaxin, signalling the start of one of the largest Covid-19 immunisation drives in the world.At a press conference on Sunday, the drugs controller general of India said the decision to approve both the Oxford vaccine and C...
Tags: Health, Science, India, Narendra Modi, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Oxford, Vaccines and immunisation, Bharat Biotech, Coronavirus, Covaxin


Taj Mahal reopens as coronavirus cases continue to rise in India

Monument in northern city of Agra opens to visitors after being closed for six monthsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia has reopened its famed monument to love, the Taj Mahal, as authorities reported 86,961 new coronavirus infections with no signs yet of a peak in the number of infections.A Chinese national and a visitor from Delhi were among the first to step into the white marble tomb built by a 17th-century Mughal emperor for his wife when it opened at sunrise o...
Tags: Science, India, World news, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Delhi, Agra, Coronavirus outbreak


Global report: India's coronavirus cases pass 5 million

Concerns India figures don’t give full picture; Trump says Covid-19 will ‘go away’ because of ‘herd mentality’; pandemic only beginning, says WHOCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIndia’s total coronavirus cases passed 5 million on Wednesday, health ministry data showed, as the pandemic extended its grip on the vast country at an ever faster rate.With its latest million cases recorded in just 11 days, a world record, India now has 5.02 million infections. Only the United...
Tags: Science, India, World news, United States, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Trump, Coronavirus outbreak, COVID, Concerns India


Amitabh Bachchan leaves hospital after catching coronavirus

Bollywood star idolised in India discharged three weeks after contracting ‘mild’ symptomsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has been discharged from hospital, three weeks after being admitted with coronavirus symptoms after testing positive for the disease.Bachchan’s actor-son, Abishek, who was admitted at the same time, remains in hospital. His daughter-in-law, Aishwarya Rai, and granddaughter Aaradhya were discharged last week. Conti...
Tags: Science, Film, India, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, Bachchan, Aaradhya, Aishwarya Rai, Coronavirus outbreak, Abishek


The week in wildlife – in pictures

The pick of the world’s best flora and fauna photos, including hillstar hummingbirds and one-horned rhinos Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Indonesia, Germany, Animals, India, Environment, UK News, World news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Wildlife, Conservation, Bangladesh, Zoology


Global wrap: Hong Kong 'critical' as Covid cases rise worldwide

Lam says situation out of control, while Melbourne makes face masks compulsoryCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus situation in Hong Kong is “really critical”, with a record 100 new infections recorded on Sunday, the territory’s leader, Carrie Lam, said, as Melbourne became the first city in Australia to make wearing masks compulsory in response to a resurgent and aggressive outbreak there.Hong Kong was held up months ago as a model for its success in keepi...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Science, Australia, World news, Australia news, Medical Research, Czech Republic, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Infectious Diseases, Bangladesh, Melbourne, Carrie Lam, Lam, Coronavirus outbreak



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