FACTBOX | US teens to get Covid-19 vaccine: Here’s the latest on the spread of the coronavirus

  • The US FDA will announce the growth of vaccines to youngsters aged from 12 to 15.
  • Indian opposition chief Rahul Gandhi referred to as for a nationwide lockdown.
  • Kuwait introduced journey restrictions for unvaccinated individuals.

The US Food and Drug Administration is getting ready to authorize Pfizer Inc and German companion BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for adolescents aged between 12 and 15 years by early subsequent week, the New York Times reported on Monday, citing federal officers aware of the company’s plans.

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* Denmark grew to become the first nation to exclude Johnson & Johnson’s photographs from its vaccination programme over a possible hyperlink to a uncommon however severe kind of blood clot.

* Novavax has advised the European Union it plans to start delivering its Covid-19 vaccine to the bloc towards the finish of this year, new steering that might lead to a proper contract being signed as early as this week, an EU official advised Reuters.

* Germans who’re absolutely vaccinated must be exempt from quarantine on re-entering Germany, Health Minister Jens Spahn mentioned after the authorities cupboard mentioned plans to elevate restrictions for individuals who have had their photographs.


* Indian opposition chief Rahul Gandhi referred to as for a nationwide lockdown as the nation’s tally of coronavirus infections surged previous 20 million on Tuesday, changing into the second nation after the US to go the grim milestone.

* India pulled trainee docs from exams to combat the world’s largest Covid-19 surge, as its vaccinations plummeted from an all-time excessive reached early final month.

* Pfizer is in discussions with India in search of an “expedited approval pathway” for its vaccine, CEO Albert Bourla mentioned on LinkedIn, saying a donation of medicines value greater than $70 million, the company has advised India there was no concern over the security of its Covid-19 vaccines.

* Taiwan grew to become the latest place to ban arrivals from India, because it strikes to forestall new infections, with extra nations reporting circumstances of a variant first recognized in the subcontinent.


* US President Joe Biden is imposing new journey restrictions on India beginning on Tuesday, and barring most non-US residents from coming into the United States.

* Brazil’s indigenous affairs company Funai has referred to as on a prime indigenous chief to clarify her criticism of the right-wing authorities of President Jair Bolsonaro and the impression its dealing with of the Covid-19 disaster has had on native individuals.

* Mexico hopes to end vaccinating its whole inhabitants in opposition to Covid-19 by the finish of subsequent year’s first quarter, Mexico’s deputy well being minister, Hugo Lopez-Gatell, mentioned.

* Trinidad and Tobago mentioned on Monday it was tightening lockdown restrictions for 3 weeks beginning at midnight as the quantity of new Covid-19 circumstances hits document highs and the Caribbean twin-island nation faces a possible scarcity of hospital beds.

Middle East and Africa

* Kuwaiti residents who haven’t been vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19 will be unable to journey overseas from 22 May, the data ministry mentioned.

* Tanzania introduced new anti-coronavirus measures, saying it needed to forestall the importation of new variants.

Medical developments

* Venezuela this month will start medical trials of the Cuban coronavirus vaccine candidate Abdala, and plans to produce sufficient doses domestically to vaccinate 4 million individuals.

* Novavax mentioned it had expanded the late-stage research testing its Covid-19 vaccine candidate to embody up to 3 000 adolescents aged 12 to 17.

Economic impression

* Asian share markets superior marginally on Tuesday as traders regarded to indicators of recovery from the coronavirus pandemic as main economies round the world reopen.

* US manufacturing exercise grew at a slower tempo in April, restrained by shortages of inputs as rising vaccinations and big fiscal stimulus unleashed pent-up demand.

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