South and Central Asia

Local Covid vaccines fill gap as UN Covax scheme misses target

India, Egypt and Cuba among first states to develop and make their own vaccines as Covax falls behind Developing countries are increasingly turning to homegrown Covid vaccinations as the UN-backed Covax programme falls behind. While western countries roll out booster jabs to their own populations, Covax, which was set up by UN agencies, governments and …

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Coronavirus treatments: the potential ‘game-changers’ in development

After positive clinical trials for antiviral drug Molnupiravir, it joins other medicines that have shown promise Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The first clinical trial results showing a positive effect for a pill that can be taken at home has been hailed as a potential gamechanger that could provide a new …

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Poorer countries face long delays in receiving Covid vaccines

Efforts in Africa and elsewhere hit by decision not to export AstraZeneca jab from India until end of year Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Vaccine programmes across Africa and much of the developing world will suffer big delays after the world’s biggest producer said it would not be exporting the Oxford/AstraZeneca …

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India records almost 4,200 Covid deaths in a day

County reports more than 400,000 new infections but experts suspect figures are gross underestimate Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Covid-19 deaths surged past 4,000 for the first time in India on Saturday in one of the world’s worst outbreaks. India reported a national record of 4,187 new deaths on Saturday. Continue …

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The world’s poorest countries are at India’s mercy for vaccines. It’s unsustainable | Achal Prabhala and Leena Menghaney

This is what happens when a third of humanity depends on one manufacturer for Covid jabs. We need to waive patents now As the UK’s vaccination programme was “knocked off course” due to a delay in receiving five million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from India, a far more chilling reality was unfolding: about a …

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‘Vaccine prince’: the Indian billionaire set to make Covid jabs for the UK

Serum Institute boss Adar Poonawalla has rented a Mayfair mansion for £50,000 a week Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The AstraZeneca vaccine has made Prof Sarah Gilbert – who led the Oxford team that created it – one of the UK’s most famous modern scientists and turned the Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company …

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What price a child’s life? India’s quest to make rare disease drugs affordable

Parents whose only hope was finding foreign sponsorship or a clinical trial are now looking for homegrown breakthroughs For three years, Vidya tried to find the cause of her son’s recurrent fevers and low cognitive development. When she found out, she was devastated. Vineeth, 10, has an incurable illness – mucopolysaccharidosis type 2 – that …

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