AstraZeneca, Pfizer vaccines effective against Delta variants: Study
Covid-19 vaccines made by AstraZeneca and the Pfizer-BioNTech alliance remain broadly effective against Delta and Kappa variants of the Covid-19 causing virus, which were first identified in India, according to a scientific study, underpinning a continued push to deliver the shots.
Previous Pak govts did not curb terrorist financing: Qureshi
The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) placed Pakistan on the grey list in June 2018 and asked Islamabad to implement a plan of action to curb money laundering and terror financing by the end of 2019 but the deadline was extended later on due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Song Joong Ki to shoot Bogota in Korea
Actor Song Joong Ki with Lee Hee Joon, and Kwon Hae Hyo, was scheduled to wrap up the last leg of their upcoming thriller film ‘Bogota’ in Colombia, however, now the makers have decided to opt for a new location, owing to the safety amid the COVID pandemic. As per the latest reports, 'Bogota' directed by Kim Sung Se will finish the rest of the shoot in South Korea, cancelling its original schedule in Colombia.
New universal vaccine may help prevent future pandemics
Scientists have developed a universal vaccine that protected mice not just against Covid-19 but also other coronaviruses while triggering the immune system to fight off a dangerous variant. The study, published in the journal Science, looked at a second-generation vaccine: one that targets sarbecoviruses. They are a part of the large family of coronaviruses and are a priority for virologists.
Lovelyz’s Seo Ji Soo tests COVID 19 positive
According to Woollim Entertainment, Lovelyz’s member Seo Ji Soo has tested positive for COVID-19. The official statement confirmed that Seo Ji Soo underwent a COVID test after her close friend tested positive for the deadly virus. Later, the test result was found positive.
14-year-old raises money for Covid relief
Amid pain and despair of several people during the peak of the 2nd wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, there are inspiring stories, too, pouring in from across the country. One such example is an initiative by 14-year-old Dhruv Mantri. The Class X student of a Gurugram school raised nearly Rs 7 lakh when people were scrambling for hospital beds, oxygen, medicines, amid surging Covid infections
Big B gets clicked on the sets of Goodbye
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is one of the few celebs who has now resumed work amid the COVID-19 outbreak across the country. Today the senior actor was spotted on the sets of his upcoming film ‘Goodbye’ in his formal look alongside director Vikas Bahl.
Cuba says Abdala vaccine 92.28% effective against coronavirus
Cuba said on Monday its three-shot Abdala vaccine against the coronavirus had proved 92.28% effective in last-stage clinical trials.The announcement came just days after the government said another homegrown vaccine, Soberana 2, had proved 62% effective with just two of its three doses. The Communist-run country has opted not to import foreign vaccines but to rely on its own.
Will the Delta Plus variant cause a third COVID wave?
As the number of COVID-19 cases in the country decline, the new strain of the Delta variant, which is also known as the Delta Plus variant, has been detected in many parts of the country, becoming a major source of concern for health officials and the government.
Cricket: Caribbean Premier League shifted to accommodate Indian Premier League in UAE
IPL|: Cricket West Indies president Ricky Skerritt has confirmed that the dates of the Caribbean Premier League had been tweaked in consultation with the Board of Control for Cricket in India to accommodate the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League, which was suspended on May 4 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CPL was scheduled to commence on August 28 and end on September 19, but it will now be played at St Kitts & Nevis between August 26 and September 15. IPL in UAE: Eight double-headers, start likely on September 18-19 IPL 2021's resumption suffers first casualty as Pat Cummins pulls out Masterstroke with Mr Cricket UAE: Anis Sajan has a moment to savour with Sourav Ganguly IPL 2021: Will the UAE leg see top England, Australia stars? Several cricketers who play in the Caribbean league, will now be able to fly to the UAE to play for their teams in the IPL, which has a playing window between September 19 and October 15. A CWI statement said on Tuesday that, “President of Cricket West Indies, Ricky Skerritt, has confirmed that CWI, the BCCI and the CPL engaged in talks for a tweaked CPL schedule to accommodate the second phase of the IPL.” Had the dates not been altered, some of the well-known IPL stars such as South Africans Faf du Plessis, Chris Morris and Imran Tahir would have had a hard time choosing between the CPL and IPL as the dates of the two tournaments would have clashed. West Indies’ Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer are among the West Indian IPL stars who also play in the CPL. Shakib Al Hasan and Anrich Nortje also play in both the CPL and IPL. “Both IPL and CPL are important to CWI, to our cricketers and to fans. CWI’s role was to facilitate arrangements for a non-overlapping and smooth transition from one tournament to the next. Cricket administrators must collaborate if cricket is to survive the risks and costs of COVID-19,” Skerrit said. All 33 matches of the CPL will be played at Warner Park with a cap of 50 per cent capacity for vaccinated spectators.
As Covid-19 deaths hit record lows, those dying are younger and more disproportionately Black than before
Covid-19 deaths have fallen dramatically across the United States -- average daily deaths are less than a tenth of what they were at the peak of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University -- but nearly 300 people are still dying of Covid-19 each day in the US.
Oxford University explores anti-parasitic drug ivermectin as Covid-19 treatment
The University of Oxford said on Wednesday it was testing anti-parasitic drug ivermectin as a possible treatment for Covid-19, as part of a British government-backed study that aims to aid recoveries in non-hospital settings.
COVID-19: UAE reports 1,988 new coronavirus cases, 6 deaths
Health|: Dubai: UAE reported 1,988 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday. The Ministry of Health and Prevention also confirmed six fatalities, taking the death toll from infections and their complications to 1,773. The new cases were diagnosed after 249,333 PCR tests had been conducted. The total number of PCR tests conducted in the UAE since the onset of the pandemic stand at 55,802,956; the total number of people diagnosed with infection were 618,148. Meanwhile, 1,922 people have been declared fully recovered. This brings the total number of people who have made recoveries to 597,008. Currently there are 19,367 active cases in the country.
Video: Mohammed bin Rashid announces the 100-day countdown for the Expo 2020 Dubai
Dubai: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Wednesday announced the countdown for Expo 2020 Dubai, the world’s largest cultural event to convene the global community towards creating solutions for a better future. In 100 days, the UAE will be the first country in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region to host a World Expo in the largest global gathering since the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Expo 2020 Dubai, set to begin on October 1, is expected to attract more than 25 million visitors from all over the world to discover life-changing innovations. The mega event aims to drive collaboration and innovation to develop real-life solutions as the world heads into a post-pandemic economic recovery. Gathering of 192 countries Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tweeted: “100 days to go for Expo 2020 Dubai, the world’s largest cultural event. 100 days to go for the gathering of 192 nations in Dubai in the biggest global event since the outset of the pandemic to usher in a new phase of recovery.” “50,000 employees have set up 192 pavilions and 30,000 volunteers are ready to welcome the world at Expo 2020 Dubai.” Read More Expo 2020 Dubai to rally the world for gender equality at Women’s Pavilion Israel pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai Where to see Swiss Pavilion ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai Road map for post COVID-19 era Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum added: “Expo 2020 Dubai will provide the space for the largest and most inclusive cultural and knowledge exchange in the world.” He noted that “Expo 2020 Dubai will pave the road map for key economic, development and cultural trends of the post-Covid-19 era.” “Our success in hosting the world’s largest cultural event reflects the power of human solidarity in overcoming the pandemic.” He added: “The global community is preparing for a new stage of collaboration by harnessing science and technology to combat the pandemic. Expo 2020 Dubai provides the platform for sharing knowledge and innovations.” “Through Expo 2020 Dubai, the UAE is bridging cultures and galvanising efforts and aspirations towards creating a better future for everyone.” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum added: “People from every corner of the globe are welcome to join the once-in-a-lifetime inspiring and enlightening experience that pays testament to human creativity. We will meet at Expo 2020 Dubai.” Expo Dubai: Global Milestones Expo 2020 Dubai sets multiple milestones as the first World Expo to be held in the MEASA region in the 170-year history of the mega events. It will also be the first global event since the advent of the coronavirus outbreak. In another first, every participating nation will have its own pavilion. Countries will be clustered not by their geography, but under Expo 2020s three subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability — areas seen as essential to building a better future for humanity. More than 200 nations, multilateral organisations, businesses and educational establishments will come together to develop innovative solutions to pressing challenges facing the world. The diversity of participating nations and organisations makes Expo 2020 Dubai the most inclusive and international World Expo ever to be organised. The UAE will host the mega event with tight Covid-19 precautionary measures and a safe environment where about 90% of the population have been vaccinated against Covid-19, positioning the country among the top five nations in the vaccine distribution rate. Connecting Minds, Creating the Future Expo 2020 Dubai will run from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 under the slogan “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” The mega event gains exceptional significance amid the Covid-19 outbreak as the call for collaboration and knowledge exchange has never been more urgent to drive action and develop practical solutions to pressing challenges. It will galvanise the global community under the vision that true prosperity for people stem from collaboration. UAE Golden Jubilee Expo 2020 Dubai coincides with the UAE’s Golden Jubilee, presenting an excellent opportunity to share the UAE’s successful experience and inspiring story with the world. Through the event, the UAE will forge new partnerships with multinational and international corporations to drive its development journey of the next 50 years. Over its six-month duration, Expo 2020 Dubai showcase the latest innovations in a variety of fields that will have a meaningful and positive impact on people’s lives