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The Brazilian health regulator resubmitted a request for emergency use of the Sputnik V vaccine. | Instant News

BRASILIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Brazil’s health regulator, Anvisa, said on Saturday it was sending back documents submitted by pharmaceutical company Uniao Quimica seeking approval for the emergency use of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine because they did not meet the minimum required criteria.

In a statement on the Ministry of Health’s website, Anvisa said the company’s request failed to provide adequate guarantees on Phase III clinical trials and problems related to vaccine manufacturing.

Anvisa officials previously said that the Sputnik V vaccine must be submitted to Phase III clinical trials in Brazil before its use can be authorized.

In its statement, Anvisa also said that any applicant requesting an emergency use permit must demonstrate the ongoing clinical trials of the vaccine will provide long-term safety and effectiveness.

Uniao Quimica sought approval for the use of 10 million doses of Sputnik V in Brazil in the first quarter of this year.

Anvisa is expected to decide to authorize the emergency use of the vaccine developed by Sinovac China and Britain’s AstraZeneca on Sunday. (Reporting by Jamie McGeever and Eduardo Simoes; Editing by Dan Grebler)


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Launch of the TABLE-UK COVID-19 vaccine: first 3.6 million doses given so far | Instant News

    LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Britain has given almost 3.6
million people a first dose of  coronavirus vaccine so far,
government statistics showed on Saturday. 
    Britain is aiming to have given first doses of COVID-19
vaccines to 15 million people in high-risk categories by
    Here are the latest figures, according to the government's
coronavirus statistics portal:
   Country/Nation       First dose      Second dose
   United Kingdom        3,559,179          447,261
          England        3,090,058          424,327
 Northern Ireland          117,906           19,474
         Scotland          224,840            3,331
            Wales          126,375              129
 (Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by Kevin Liffey)


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Scientists think a vaccine will work on a Brazilian variant of COVID: British minister | Instant News

FILE PHOTO: UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps walks outside the Cabinet Office in London, UK September 29, 2020. REUTERS / Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s transport minister said scientists thought the COVID-19 vaccine would work on a new variant of the coronavirus found in Brazil and the decision to ban flights from South America and Portugal was made because of fears it could spread more quickly.

“We have been looking at this particular mutation, as opposed to thousands of others very carefully, looking at there may be problems, not so much that the vaccine will not work, in fact scientists think it will work, but just the fact it is easier to spread. “Grant Shapps told the BBC.

Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing by James Davey


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Germany will cull 37,000 chickens after bird flu is found on farms | Instant News

HAMBURG (Reuters) – About 37,000 chickens will be slaughtered in Germany after avian flu was discovered on a farm in the east of the country, authorities said on Wednesday.

Bird flu type H5N8 was confirmed at a farm in Kobrow in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the state ministry of agriculture said.

A series of bird flu outbreaks have been reported on farms in Germany and elsewhere in Europe in recent weeks, with wild birds suspected of spreading the disease.

France will extend the mass culling of hundreds of thousands of poultry to prevent the bird flu virus from ravaging duck farming areas in the southwest of the country.

The risk to humans from this disease is considered low, but past outbreaks in farmed poultry have required an extensive slaughter program as a preventive measure.

Reporting by Michael Hogan; Edited by David Goodman


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Brazil will start its COVID-19 vaccination with injections imported from China and India | Instant News

FILE PHOTOS: Employees inspect bottles containing CoronaVac, Sinovac Biotech’s vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Butantan biomedical production center in Sao Paulo, Brazil January 12, 2021. REUTERS / Amanda Perobelli

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday that vaccination of the country’s population against COVID-19 will begin with vaccines imported from China and India as soon as its emergency use is approved by health regulator Anvisa, scheduled for Sunday.

Vaccination of the country’s population will take a maximum of 16 months, Deputy Health Minister Elcio Franco told a news conference. Brazil sent a plane to import 2 million doses of the AstraZeneca / University of Oxford vaccine made by India’s Serum Institute and has imported 6 million doses of the CoronVac vaccine made by China’s Sinovac Biotech.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Leslie Adler Editing by Leslie Adler


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