EU drugs agency still undecided on Moderna COVID vaccine -Dutch regulator

A Moderna COVID-19 vaccine held by a nurse in Boston Massachusetts

"The 32-year-old doctor who received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine was admitted to the intensive care unit [.] after developing rashes, convulsions, muscle weakness and breathing difficulties within half an hour after vaccination", the ministry said.

The vaccine from Moderna - the second COVID-19 vaccine approved in Canada - has been targeted by the province for long-term care residents, in part because it does not need to be stored at the super-frozen temperatures required for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Britain changed its vaccine guidance last week to allow for health officials to mix and match various coronavirus vaccines in "extremely rare occasions", despite a lack of evidence on the efficacy of the process.

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen said that Cambodia's three pronged approach towards COVID-19 vaccine would be for any vaccine approved by the World Health Organization and now the World Health Organization has given emergency approval for the first of such vaccine though several have received emergency use authorization in EU, US, Canada and Singapore. He added that, without clinical trials to assess this, mixing COVID-19 vaccines could create a false sense of protection against the disease. "These Covid-19 vaccine studies have been run with the same scientific rigour as for any other vaccines", they said. As more doses of the approved vaccines become available, the city expects to add three more clinics. But, even in case of reinfection, it is more likely to be mild.

Israelis wait outside a bakery in Tel Aviv
Israelis wait outside a bakery in Tel Aviv

It said it was not clear why a decision was not reached on Monday.

"There is a meeting of EMA's human medicines committee (CHMP) today, Monday, 4 January, to discuss the Moderna vaccine", the regulator said.

Only four and not seven in-patients passed away from the new strain of COVID-19 at Huseyni Pandemic Hospital in Sharjah - according to a statement issued by the Egyptian Ministry of Health which also refuted allegations that the cause of death was due to negligence resulting in insufficient oxygen in cylinders connected to the patient's ventilators.

"I'm totally open minded to that being a good idea, but we should be hesitant implementing that in the absence of compelling data when we have excellent data to support two vaccines", Bogoch said.

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