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Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine marks two-year anniversary

In the two years since its registration, Sputnik V has proven to be “one of the most effective and safe tools” against Covid-19 both in Russia and abroad, the head of the fund which financed the vaccine’s development and oversees its distribution said on Wednesday. On August 11, 2020, Sputnik …

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Canada to scale back vaccine mandates

Canada is set to lift a series of vaccine mandates for travelers and government employees, reversing course on controversial policies that triggered mass nationwide protests earlier this year.  The mandates will be phased out on June 20, meaning unvaccinated federal personnel and certain transportation employees can return to work, while …

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UFC star arrested for assaulting nurse in vaccine row – report

UFC middleweight contender Paulo Costa has reportedly fallen foul of the authorities in his native Brazil after allegedly assaulting a nurse while trying to obtain a Covid-19 vaccination certificate without actually receiving the jab. Per a report by Brazilian outlet Globo, Costa was arrested in the Metropolitan Region of Belo Horizonte …

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US buys millions of vaccine doses for new virus

The US health authorities have signed a deal for $119 million in vaccine doses against the monkeypox virus, after a Massachusetts man was diagnosed with the rare but potentially serious illness earlier this week.  The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) – a government agency devoted to combating pandemics …

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Pfizer vaccine boosters approved for younger age group

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given the green light to administer Pfizer vaccine boosters to children aged between 5 and 11, citing data collected in ongoing trials. The agency skipped an advisory board meeting typically held before such decisions, saying the matter had been covered during previous …

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FDA restricts Covid vaccine over safety issues

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has limited its approval of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid vaccine to those over the age of 18, pointing to dangerous side effects observed in younger recipients.  The agency announced the move in a press release on Thursday following a review of data, saying …

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Djokovic looks to put vaccine scandal behind him

World tennis number one Novak Djokovic confessed: “I miss competition” ahead of his second comeback in 2022 and is looking to put his vaccine drama behind him. Djokovic began the year in controversial fashion, and was denied the chance to defend his Australian Open crown when becoming embroiled in a …

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Court reverses ban on Biden’s vaccine mandate

A federal appeals court has lifted an injunction on President Joe Biden’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate for government workers, arguing a lower court did not have legal authority to bar the White House order. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals revived the mandate in a 2-1 vote on Thursday, vacating a …

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Protests back NBA star over New York vaccine rules

Fans of the Brooklyn Nets have protested outside the team’s Barclays Center arena in support of star player Kyrie Irving, who remains unable to play games in New York because of the city’s Covid vaccine mandate policy.  Seven-time NBA All-Star Irving remains barred from playing home games for his team despite …

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Governors, premiers want trucker vaccine mandate dropped

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has signed a letter demanding Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden “drop the cross-border vaccine mandate” in place for truckers, a mandate which originally kicked off massive protests in Canada against Covid-19 vaccine requirements. Along with Kenney’s signature, the letter is endorsed …

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