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Sunday, 21 November 2021

Japan to donate undisclosed AstraZeneca jabs to Egypt

We’re getting more jabs, this time from Japan: Japan is donating 3.7 mn AstraZeneca vaccines to nine developing countries, including Egypt, through the Gavi / Covax program Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said in a presser (watch, runtime: 25:15). We still don’t know the details like how many doses we’re getting or when we’re getting them.

The Health Ministry reported 902 new covid-19 infections yesterday, up from 892 the day before. Egypt has now disclosed a total of 349,513 confirmed cases of covid-19. The ministry also reported 61 new deaths, bringing the country’s total death toll to 19,872.

AstraZeneca’s antibody treatment could be 83% effective in protecting against severe illness or death from covid-19 for six months, a new clinical trial shows, proving to be highly effective at preventing covid-19 in people who may not respond well to vaccines. A separate study in patients with mild-to-moderate cases of covid-19 showed a higher dose of the antibody shot cut the risk of developing severe disease by 88% when administered within three days of first symptoms.

The US has started administering booster shots for all adults in a bid to prevent the winter surge in covid cases as citizens prepare for their holiday travels, the the Associated Press wrote. All adults who have received their final vaccine doses over six months ago are eligible for the third jab.

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