EU watchdog approves Valneva anti-Covid jab

24/06/2022 4:45:00 AM

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The EU’s medicines watchdog on Thursday approved Valneva’s anti-Covid jab, Europe’s sixth green-lit coronavirus vaccine, which uses more traditional technology than others on the market which the firm hopes will reduce jab hesitancy.

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Agence-France-Presse THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The EU’s medicines watchdog on Thursday approved Valneva’s anti-Covid jab, Europe’s sixth green-lit coronavirus vaccine, which uses more traditional technology than others on the market which the firm hopes will reduce jab hesitancy.MANILA, Philippines – The number of coronavirus cases in the Philippines continued to increase in the recent week, with an average of 350 new infections reported each day.Nearly 1 in 5 American adults who reported having COVID-19 in the past are still having symptoms of long COVID, according to survey data collected in the first two weeks of June, US health officials said on Wednesday, June 22.0 JAKARTA, Indonesia—Indonesia early Wednesday deported a Japanese man to Tokyo where police have accused him, his family and acquaintances of participating in a fraud scheme that netted $7.

The French-Austrian drug maker’s shot is the sixth vaccine to be approved within the 27-nation bloc and contains inactivated particles of the original coronavirus strain that cannot cause an infection.“EMA has recommended granting a marketing authorisation for Covid-19 vaccine Valneva for use in the primary vaccination of people from 18 to 50 years of age,” the Amsterdam-based agency said.Here’s what we’re watching this week of June 19, 2022: Headed for another surge? After watching and waiting to see whether there will be a sustained increase in cases, Metro Manila is now seeing the continued growth of infections, prompting some people to ask: Will there be another surge? On a national level, case numbers are at their highest since April.“After a thorough evaluation, EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) concluded by consensus that the data on the vaccine were robust and met the EU criteria for efficacy, safety and quality,” it added.Long COVID symptoms range from fatigue, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, cognitive difficulties, chronic pain, sensory abnormalities and muscle weakness.The EMA said a study with the vaccine which involved nearly 3,000 people older than 30 showed it triggered the production of higher levels of antibodies against the original SARS-CoV-2 strain than British-Swedish pharma company AstraZeneca’s Vaxzevria jab.Makati and Parañaque have shown a slight increase in the numbers of beds occupied in intensive care units, with roughly half of dedicated COVID-19 beds filled.But the “proportion of people who produced a high level of antibodies was similar for both vaccines,” the EMA said.Taniguchi was arrested on June 4 at a house owned by a fish trader in Lampung province.

The vaccine can be stored at fridge temperature, meaning it can be used in countries where storage at very low temperatures is not available.One question that looms is: How big of an increase in cases might Filipinos see in the net few weeks? But there’s a better question to ask: What are government, business owners, and people going to do about it? We’ve been here several times before as more formidable forms of the virus emerge.Women were also more likely to have long COVID than men, according to the study, with 9.The EMA added however that there was limited data on the strength of an immune response against variants of concern, including Omicron subvariants which are currently the dominant strains in many EU countries.Side effects “were usually mild and cleared within a couple of days after vaccination,” the EMA added.These are suggestions experts have raised since 2021.“The most common ones were tenderness or pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain and nausea (feeling sick) or vomiting,” it said.The survey found nearly 9% of Hispanic adults have long COVID, higher than non-Hispanic white and Black adults, and more than twice the percentage of non-Hispanic Asian adults.“Based on the available evidence… the benefits of Valneva outweigh its risks,” the agency said.By these alone, the country has much to catch up on.Tokyo police arrested Taniguchi’s ex-wife and their two sons on May 30 on suspicion of fraud and placed Taniguchi on an international wanted list, according to the Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun.

Last month the European Commission said it intended to axe an agreement to buy Valneva’s vaccine as it had not yet received marketing authorisation.The EU’s executive arm had signed a deal to buy up to 60 million doses of the VLA2001 vaccine in 2022 and 2023.70 million Filipinos vaccinated.– Rappler.Britain approved the Valneva vaccine in April after Bahrain received its first approval for emergency authorisation a month before.Valneva’s vaccine now joins jabs by Pfizer and Moderna, which use messenger RNA technology, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, which use viral vector technology, and Novavax, which is based on a spike protein produced in a laboratory.While it is no small feat for a country that could not provide enough vaccines for all who were eligible over a year ago, the target is old.Meanwhile a resurgence of Covid-19 cases in Europe, this time driven by new, fast-spreading Omicron subvariants is casting a pall over summer.

Several Western European nations have recently recorded their highest daily case numbers in months, due in part to Omicron sub-variants BA.Booster uptake is significantly lower, with only 14.4 and BA.5.Among health workers alone, nearly half of the roughly 3 million in the group are boosted.The increase in cases has spurred calls for increased vigilance across a continent that has relaxed most if not all coronavirus restrictions..7 million of an estimated 8 million covered with two doses.

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