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  • Covid-19 emerges in China's Wuhan in Dec 19, declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020
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J&J expects Covid vaccine sales to jump as much as 46pc in 2022

5:57 PM

Spain breaks up Covid-19 passport forgery ring

4:57 PM

Pfizer-BioNTech begin Omicron vaccine trial

4:20 PM

Abu Dhabi says vaccinated tourists need no boosters to enter

3:44 PM

London police probing Downing Street lockdown parties

3:00 PM

SEE: Covid-19 situation in 15 Pakistani cities

2:44 PM

Japan's new Covid-19 infections top 60,000 for first time: report

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Russia's daily cases hit record high for fifth day running

1:07 PM

French minister hopes Covid wave will peak within days

12:05 PM

WATCH: US Omicron cases to fall from east to west, expert says

Jan 25, 2022 06:43pm

J&J expects Covid vaccine sales to jump as much as 46pc in 2022

Johnson & Johnson said it expects to generate as much as $3.5 billion from the sale of its Covid-19 vaccine this year compared to $2.39 billion in 2021, in a sign of easing manufacturing problems and increasing demand.

Delivery delays and an uneven demand during last year resulted in the drugmaker narrowly missing its goal of garnering $2.50bn in vaccine sales in 2021, according to Reuters.

J&J shares fell nearly two per cent before the opening bell as overall fourth-quarter sales also missed market expectations due to a bleak performance by a few of the big revenue drivers such as cancer drug Imbruvica and Crohn's disease treatment Stelara.

Vials and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. — Reuters
Vials and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. — Reuters

Jan 25, 2022 05:57pm

Spain breaks up Covid-19 passport forgery ring

Spanish police said they had detained seven suspected members of an international criminal gang that created and sold forged Covid-19 passports and negative tests.

The Spanish arm of the ring, which advertised its services on “anti-vax” instant message groups, fraudulently added at least 1,600 people to the national vaccination register with the help of health workers, the investigation found.

European Union countries agreed last year to create a standardised Covid certificate with a QR code so vaccinated and tested people could travel and attend events.

According to Reuters, that created a demand for forgeries.

Jan 25, 2022 04:57pm

Pfizer-BioNTech begin Omicron vaccine trial

Pfizer and BioNTech have begun enrollment for a clinical trial to test the safety and immune response of their Omicron-specific Covid-19 vaccine in adults aged up to 55, the companies said in a statement.

Pfizer's CEO Albert Bourla previously said at a conference that the pharmaceutical giant could be ready to file for regulatory approval of the shot by March.

The company's head of vaccine research Kathrin Jansen said in a statement that while current data showed that boosters against the original Covid strain continued to protect against severe outcomes with Omicron, the company was acting out of caution.

“We recognise the need to be prepared in the event this protection wanes over time and to potentially help address Omicron and new variants in the future,” she said.

Jan 25, 2022 04:20pm

Abu Dhabi says vaccinated tourists need no boosters to enter

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have published new information about the capital's entry requirements, saying that unlike residents and citizens, vaccinated tourists do not need to show proof of a booster shot to cross into Abu Dhabi, AP reports.

The pandemic has prompted Abu Dhabi to erect a hard border with Dubai, forcing all drivers to come to a halt for vaccination and Covid checks on what once had been a wide, empty highway before the virus struck.

All visitors, whether residents or tourists, also must present a negative virus test taken within the last two weeks to gain entry to the capital and to its public places, including malls and gyms.

Jan 25, 2022 03:44pm

London police probing Downing Street lockdown parties

London's police chief said her officers are investigating several parties that took place at Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office and government departments during Covid lockdowns.

“The Met is now investigating a number of events that took place at Downing Street and Whitehall in the last two years in relation to potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations,” Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick told the London Assembly local authority.

Jan 25, 2022 03:00pm

SEE: Covid-19 situation in 15 Pakistani cities

Jan 25, 2022 02:44pm

Japan's new Covid-19 infections top 60,000 for first time: report

Japan's daily count of new Covid-19 infections has surpassed 60,000 for the first time, broadcaster FNN said.

The government is poised to expand infection control measures to try to contain the spread of the Omicron variant.

Jan 25, 2022 01:45pm

Russia's daily cases hit record high for fifth day running

Russia has reported a record number of Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours as the Omicron variant of the virus spread across the country, the government coronavirus task force said.

New daily cases jumped to 67,809, from 65,109 a day earlier. The task force also reported 681 deaths.

Jan 25, 2022 01:07pm

French minister hopes Covid wave will peak within days

Health Minister Olivier Veran has said he hoped France would reach the peak of the current Covid-19 wave in the next few days, Reuters reports.

Almost 400 people in France who were hospitalised due to a Covid-19 infection died over the past 24 hours, official data showed on Monday, the highest figure since April.

Jan 25, 2022 12:05pm

WATCH: US Omicron cases to fall from east to west, expert says