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Japan delays COVID-19 vaccine rollout due to specialized syringe shortage

Japan delays COVID-19 vaccine rollout due to specialized syringe shortage

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Japan is reportedly delaying its rollout of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine owing to a shortage of specialized syringes that can draw six shots from every vial. This oversight is likely to create a roadblock for the nation’s inoculation program, despite Japan having secured over 144 million shots.

Health minister Norihisa Tamura has revealed that standard syringes currently in use are not equipped to extract the final sixth dose from each vial produced by Pfizer. The procurement of 144 million shots of the vaccine was targeted towards catering to 72 million people, based on the assumption that each vial would contain 6 doses.

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UK cannabis therapy company GW agrees to takeover bid by Jazz Pharma

UK cannabis therapy company GW agrees to takeover bid by Jazz Pharma

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Renowned UK-based pharmaceutical company, GW Pharmaceuticals, which specializes in the field of cannabis-based epilepsy treatment, has reportedly announced its acquisition by Ireland based Jazz Pharmaceuticals for $7.2 billion.

Speaking on the arrangement, GW Pharmaceuticals has stated that the cash and stock agreement with Jazz Pharmaceuticals, which is well known for its catalogue of sleep medicines, will birth a therapy powerhouse of neuroscience.

Apparently, this deal will allow Jazz to expand its portfolio of treatments for sleep disorders and cancer by adding GW's cannabis-based drug Epidolex, which had fetched sales of over $

UK unveils a novel global platform to track new variants of COVID-19

UK unveils a novel global platform to track new variants of COVID-19

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The UK launched has recently announced the launch of a New Variant Assessment Platform aimed at offering the countrys world class expertise in genomics for identifying new variants of the virus that leads to COVID 19 to the nations that do not have the required resources for the same.

With the UKs Presidency of the G7 this year, UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock has outlined his vision for a stronger, more collaborative, and effective global health system, not just in fighting the COVID 19 pandemic, but to ensure the international community is better prepared for future threats, during his speech at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London.

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Thermo Fisher Scientific to acquire Mesa Biotech for USD 550 million

Thermo Fisher Scientific to acquire Mesa Biotech for USD 550 million

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U.S.-based multinational biotechnology organization Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is reportedly planning to enter into a definitive agreement to purchase Mesa Biotech Inc. for USD 550 million.

Under the agreement, Thermo Fisher Scientific will be paying around USD 450 million in cash, with an additional USD 100 million after the closure of the transaction, following certain milestones and regulatory approvals.

For the uninitiated, Mesa Biotech is a California-headquartered company that focuses on manufacturing and commercializing next-generation rapid molecular diagnostic tests. The organization aims at providing actionable information

Amazon offers US President Joe Biden help to speed up vaccine delivery

Amazon offers US President Joe Biden help to speed up vaccine delivery

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E-commerce and technology giant, Amazon Inc., is reportedly offering incoming U.S. President Joe Biden, and his administration, its help and logistical support to expedite the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process, including to the company’s own employees.

In an official letter dated Wednesday 20th Jan 2021, incoming Amazon retail unit chief executive officer, Dave Clark, congratulated the new U.S. President, Joe Biden, as well as Vice President, Kamala Harris. Clark further reiterated a request that Amazon had made to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a month ago, requesting that after the frontline workers, the company’s

One shot COVID-19 vaccine by J&J produces strong immune response

One shot COVID-19 vaccine by J&J produces strong immune response

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Leading medical and pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has reportedly announced that its COVID-19 vaccine Ad26.COV2.S has stimulated immune response with just a single dose. According to new clinical data, the company’s vaccine candidate was able to provoke immune response that lasted for over two months, or 71 days, among 805 trial participants.

Reportedly, other approved vaccines for COVID-19 from Pfizer and Moderna involve two inoculations within a few weeks for full benefit and receiving only single shot would result in lesser immunity.

Johnson & Johnson has claimed that only one shot of its Ad26.COV2.S vaccine e

UK PM vows to open 50 mass COVID-19 vaccination hubs by next month

UK PM vows to open 50 mass COVID-19 vaccination hubs by next month

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly taken a vow to open fifty mass Covid Vaccination centers across the UK by next month. In an apparent race to remove lockdowns across the country, several regional centers are set to be set up for helping the Prime Minister achieve his target of providing the vaccinations to 14 million British residents by middle of February.

Speaking on the vaccination program, Matt Hancock, The UK Health Secretary, stated that every adult in the country is intended to receive the Covid vaccine by autumn with 200,000 residents already getting vaccinated each day.

It has been reported that the first sev

Germany’s COVID-19 vaccination faces delays in numerous cities

Germany’s COVID-19 vaccination faces delays in numerous cities

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Following the disclosure of potential irregularities in the cooling of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine shot, the vaccination drive against COVID-19 has reportedly faced delays in several cities in Germany. Based on the new mRNA technology, the Pfizer vaccine must be stored at ultra-low temperatures of nearly -112 degrees F (-70 degrees Celsius) for staying effective before being shipped to distribution centers, add sources with knowledge of the matter.

As per reports, the European Union rolled out a mass coronavirus vaccination campaign on Sunday, where medics and pensioners lined up for obtaining the first shots for combating the pandemic that has disrupted economies, claiming ov

Peloton to acquire fitness equipment manufacturer Precor for $420Mn

Peloton to acquire fitness equipment manufacturer Precor for $420Mn

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The transaction is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2021

American exercise equipment & media company, Peloton has reportedly announced its acquisition of home and commercial-grade fitness equipment maker, Precor for a sum of $420 million. According to reports, the acquisition will enable Peloton to utilize Precor’s 625,000 feet manufacturing space, split between Woodinville, Washington, and Whitsett, North Carolina, for producing new Peloton Bikes and Treads.

For that record, Peloton was comparatively ill-equipped for handling the new pandemic-driven demand, even after setting up a new factory in Taiw