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  • Covid-19 emerges in China's Wuhan in Dec 19, declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020
  • Over 239.5 million infected globally; more than 4.9 million dead
  • 1,262,771 cases reported in Pakistan; 28,228 dead, 1,194,590 recovered

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11:50 AM

2.4 million Pfizer doses donated by US arrive in Pakistan

10:50 AM

China reports 14 new coronavirus cases vs 10 the day before

9:50 AM

France is now charging unvaccinated people for Covid tests

8:40 AM

US will accept mixed doses of vaccines from international travellers

7:35 AM

US FDA considering lowering recommended age for Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 boosters

Oct 15, 2021
11:50 PM

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11:25 PM

Sindh reports 423 new Covid cases, 5 more deaths

10:40 PM

Italy reports 42 coronavirus deaths, 2,732 new cases

10:00 PM

Canada's healthcare system 'very fragile' even as coronavirus recedes: official

9:15 PM

US to ship 9.6m doses of Pfizer vaccine to Pakistan

Oct 16, 2021 10:50am

China reports 14 new coronavirus cases vs 10 the day before

China has reported 14 new confirmed coronavirus cases for Oct 15 up from 10 a day earlier, the country's health authority said.

All of the new infections were imported, according to a statement by the National Health Commission.

China reported 18 new asymptomatic patients, which it classifies separately from confirmed cases, down from 25 day earlier. Fifteen of those infections were imported, with the rest originating in Yunnan province and the Xinjiang region, according to Reuters.

Oct 16, 2021 08:40am

US will accept mixed doses of vaccines from international travellers

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that it will accept mixed-dose coronavirus vaccines from international travellers, a boost to travelers from Canada and other places.

The CDC said last week that it would accept any vaccine authorised for use by US regulators or the World Health Organisation, according to a Reuters report.

“While CDC has not recommended mixing types of vaccine in a primary series, we recognise that this is increasingly common in other countries so should be accepted for the interpretation of vaccine records,” a CDC spokeswoman said.

Oct 16, 2021 07:35am

US FDA considering lowering recommended age for Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 boosters

A top US Food and Drug Administration official has said that the agency is considering lowering the recommended age for who should receive booster shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to as young as 40 years old, based on data from Israel suggesting the vaccine's efficacy is waning.

Israeli scientists presented “data that seemed compelling in the 40 and up age range,” DrPeter Marks, Director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research said, speaking to the agency's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.

Oct 15, 2021 11:25pm

Sindh reports 423 new Covid cases, 5 more deaths

Sindh has reported 423 new coronavirus cases and five deaths over the past 24 hours, according to a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office.

A total of 18,622 tests were conducted during this period and 10,877 Covid-19 patients recovered in the province.

The province's infection tally now stands at 464,261 and the death toll has climbed to 7,525.

Oct 15, 2021 10:40pm

Italy reports 42 coronavirus deaths, 2,732 new cases

Italy has reported 42 more coronavirus-related deaths, up from 40 the previous day, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections has fallen to 2,732 from 2,668.

According to Reuters, Italy has registered 131,503 deaths linked to Covid-19 since the outbreak in February last year. It has the second-highest toll in Europe behind Britain and the ninth highest in the world. The country has reported 4.71 million cases to date.

Oct 15, 2021 10:00pm

Canada's healthcare system 'very fragile' even as coronavirus recedes: official

Healthcare systems across Canada are still very fragile from efforts needed to fight Covid-19, even as signs suggest a fourth wave is starting to recede, a top medical official said.

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said it was important for health workers to get vaccinated and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.

“Everybody's exhausted. And if healthcare workers have to go into quarantine for example, after exposure, the system simply isn't going to be sustainable,” she told a briefing. “Our health systems are still very fragile.”

Official data show that as of Oct 8, 81 per cent of Canadians aged 12 and over have received two shots against Covid-19, Reuters reports.

Healthcare workers administer the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Ontario Khalsa Darbar pop-up vaccination clinic at the Sikh Gurudwara in Mississauga, Ontario on May 4. — Reuters
Healthcare workers administer the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Ontario Khalsa Darbar pop-up vaccination clinic at the Sikh Gurudwara in Mississauga, Ontario on May 4. — Reuters

Oct 15, 2021 09:15pm

US to ship 9.6m doses of Pfizer vaccine to Pakistan

The US is shipping an additional 9.6 million doses of Pfizer vaccines through the Covax facility to Pakistan, according to a statement issued by the US embassy in Islamabad.

The delivery will bring the total number of Covid-19 vaccines given by the US government to Pakistan to more than 25 million, the statement said.

“The United States is proud to partner with Pakistan to get effective, life-saving Pfizer vaccinations into the arms of Pakistanis, and Pakistan has done a great job of distributing our donated vaccines,” said US Embassy Chargé d’affaires Angela P. Aggeler.