Second coronavirus vaccine in Britain is on track to start human trials as soon as WEDNESDAY and doses could cost just £3 per person if it is proven to work

Despite the long list of processes ahead of the Oxford vaccine – including publication of data which needs to be validated by regulators – steps have been taken to get the vaccine ready by the autumn of this year. 

This Japanese robot can host low-cost Buddhist funerals

A Japanese company has found a new role for Softbank’s Pepper robot: a Buddhist priest-for-hire. Plastics manufacturer Nissei Eco has trained Pepper to read scriptures, chant prayers and tap drums as part of a funeral ceremony.

‘This is war’: Doctor leading search for coronavirus vaccine says it’s the most frightening disease he’s ever encountered as second British victim is confirmed and number of UK cases rises to 164

Speaking to reporters, Mr Johnson added: ‘What we are announcing today is a £46 million package of investment in UK science which will in time deliver a vaccine – some say in about a year – but also help us to have rapid test kits that anyone can use quickly and effectively to tell whether […]

Kids in Delhi go without vaccine as Covid crisis unfolds

A senior official of Delhi’s health department, on condition of anonymity, said the department has asked dispensaries to vaccinate children whenever they come in. “When the Asha and ANM workers go to the field, they are given a list of children who need vaccination. They motivate their parents to go to a nearby dispensary and […]

Adar Poonawalla: Hope to announce our own vaccines by the end of 2021

Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla on getting ready to manufacture 100 million doses a month of the Covid vaccine and “the biggest fear looming over” everybody’s head in the company. The Spanish flu of 1918 wiped out around 50 million people across the world within the two subsequent years that it held sway. […]

Coronavirus vaccine ‘by September’: Oxford University strikes deal with AstraZeneca to produce 30 million doses of the jab – the moment it’s proved to work

The other British vaccine contender was designed by Imperial College London. Volunteers for clinical trials will be recruited to start the study in June. Robin Shattock, a professor of mucosal infection, said the early volunteers would be given low doses of the vaccine to test its safety. 

300-400 mn doses of Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine to be ready by Dec: Serum Institute

The company will manufacture up to 70 million doses of the vaccine per month up to October as part of the special permission and plans to take it up to 100 million per month by December so that it is ready to hit the market once the final approvals are in place.

Russia prepares for mass coronavirus vaccination campaign in OCTOBER after clinical trials with teachers and doctors first in line

The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre did not name any countries but Sky News said the culprits are understood to include China, Russia and Iran. 

Prince William sports a facemask during a visit to the Oxford team working on a coronavirus vaccine and speaks with volunteers taking part in clinical trials

The update details the couple’s plans to connect their patronages with charities that can offer practical support for frontline responders, and plans to promote and support mental health charities, as well as ‘thanking and celebrating those working on the frontline’ of the crisis.

Speed, safety, fairness key for vaccine: WHO regional director

Dr Poonam Khetralpal Singh, the World Health Organisation’s regional director for South-East Asia, said in an interview with Anonna Dutt that governments, health agencies and civil society must work together to ensure those who need it the most get vaccinated on a priority basis, irrespective of their nationality, where they live, their education levels, socioeconomic […]