LONDON: There are no new safety concerns around the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine and heart inflammation based on the rollout of the shot in Britain, the UK MHRA medicine regulator said on Wednesday, after cases of the condition in Israel. "The MHRA is as aware of the reports of myocarditis under investigation in Israel. Based on our experience and safety monitoring in the UK, there is currently no new safety concerns raised regarding myocarditis," a MHRA spokeswoman said. The comment echoed the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which said it had not seen a link between the shot and heart inflammation.
PARIS (AFP) - More than one billion doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered worldwide, less than five months after the first mass inoculation programmes began to be rolled out, according to an AFP tally at 17.45 GMT on Saturday (April 24). At least 1,002,938,540 doses have been administered in 207 countries and territories, according to the tally compiled from official sources. More than half, or 58 per cent, have been given in three countries: the United States with 225.6 million doses, China with 216.1 million doses and India with 138.4 million. However, in terms of the proportion of the population who have been vaccinated, Israel is in the lead, with nearly six out of every 10 Israelis fully inoculated. That is followed by the United Arab Emirates with more than 51 per cent of the population having received at least one jab, Britain with 49 per cent, the US with 42 per cent, Chile with 41 per cent, Bahrain with 38 per cent and Uruguay with 32 per cent. In the EU, 128 million doses have been administered to 21 per cent of the population. Malta is leading the way in the 27-nation bloc, with 47
NEW YORK: President Joe Biden pledged to “do more” to address gun violence and implored Congress to act after a mass shooting in Indianapolis left eight people dead. But his administration, scrambling to respond to a new cycle of violence, rejected calls to appoint a gun czar to more forcefully confront the crisis. On Friday, Biden called gun violence across the country “a national embarrassment” and urged Senate Republicans to allow a vote on a gun control bill that has already passed the House. “This has to end,” he said. But White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, rejected suggestions that Biden appoint a gun czar, similar to the position he created to address the climate crisis. “I would say that advocates should pressure Republicans in the Senate...and ask them why they are opposing universal background checks,” she said after a reporter suggested that Biden was “passing the buck” by blaming Republicans. The attack, in which four Sikhs were killed, was another blow to the Asian American community a month after six people of Asian descent were killed in a mass shooting. The motive of Indianapolis shooter, 19-year-old Brandon Hole, was unclear.