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COVID vaccine protection wanes within six months – UK researchers

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Protection against COVID-19 offered by two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines begins to fade within six months, underscoring the need for booster shots, according to researchers in Britain. After five to six months, the effectiveness...

What does full approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine mean?

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It means Pfizer’s shot for people 16 and older has now undergone the same rigorous testing and regulatory review as dozens of other long-established vaccines. COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. were initially rolled out under...

Factbox: Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

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The U.S. drug regulator granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, prompting President Joe Biden to make a fresh pitch to vaccine sceptics to get the shot to fight the pandemic. EUROPE * French health...

Afghanistan must be pulled out from this disaster and terrorism

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The Taliban have swept through most of the country, capturing more than a quarter of Afghanistan’s capitals in less than a week as US forces rush to leave the country. Fighters have taken over...

COVID-19, health-care workers, and stress

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My four-year child would say, “Had I been also infected, I would have got a chance to stay together with my parents……” One of our Nursing colleagues brought out her memory of around 2 months...

EU says no recognition of Taliban

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The European Union has not recognised the Taliban, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Saturday, nor is it holding political talks with the militants, a week after they seized control of...

Sri Lanka becomes the first in Asia to raise interest rates since the pandemic...

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The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) became the first in Asia on Thursday to raise interest rates since the pandemic began, as it acted to stem inflationary pressure and high imports, one of...

Exiled Ghani says he left Kabul to prevent bloodshed, did not take money

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(Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, speaking from exile in the United Arab Emirates, said on Wednesday that he had left Kabul to prevent bloodshed and denied reports he took large sums of money...

Taliban pledge peace and women’s rights under Islam as they strike conciliatory tone

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 (Reuters) -The Taliban said on Tuesday they wanted peaceful relations with other countries and would respect the rights of women within the framework of Islamic law, as they held their first official news briefing...

Biden adds forces for Afghan evacuation, defends withdrawal decision

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(Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden said on Saturday that he had approved additional military forces to go to Kabul to help safely draw down the American embassy and remove personnel from Afghanistan. In a...











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