New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) Thailand and Indonesia say they will give a booster shot to healthcare workers who received Sinovac, Wall Street Journal reported.Thailand became the latest country to signal waning confidence in a Chinese vaccine against the highly contagious Delta variant, saying it would offer booster shots of Western doses to healthcare workers. Healthcare workers who received two doses of the vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech Ltd would be given a third shot made by either Pfizer Inc or BioNTech SE or AstraZeneca PLC, Thailand's health ministry said. Those who had only one dose would receive AstraZeneca as their second, the report said. The decision to mix the vaccines makes Thailand the latest country to show reservations about whether Chinese vaccines work well enough to protect medical workers against the Delta variant, which was first detected in India and is thought to be far more contagious than earlier versions of the virus. The strain has spread to at least 98 countries, WSJ said. Indonesia said last week that it would offer medical workers a booster shot from Moderna Inc. Around 90 per cent of the country's medical staff have received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, but hundreds have fallen ill from Covid-19, reducing medical manpower amid a surge of the virus, according to Indonesia's health ministry and doctors' groups, the report said. --IANSsan/skp/
Beijing, July 11 (IANS) China's Yunnan province reported 12 new locally transmitted Covid-19 confirmed cases, all in the city of Ruili, the local health commission said Sunday.The cases were all found in the all-inclusive nucleic acid testing in Ruili, the commission said.The province also registered four imported confirmed cases and two asymptomatic carriers, reports Xinhua news agency. Three of the confirmed cases were from Sri Lanka and the other one was from Myanmar.By the end of Saturday, there were 136 confirmed cases in hospitals in Yunnan, including 50 locally transmitted cases. There were also 22 asymptomatic cases, including three locally transmitted.Ruili, which lies along China's border with Myanmar, has been reporting a resurgence since July 4.Since the pandemic originated in Wuhan city of Hubei province in December 2019, China has so far reported 119,141 confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,566 deaths.The country has administered 1,189,495,322 vaccine doses against Covid-19 till date.--IANSksk/
Phnom Penh, July 11 (IANS) Cambodia received new batches of Chinese Covid-19 vaccines, namely Sinovac and Sinopharm, on Saturday as the Covid-19 case total in the Southeast Asian nation neared the 60,000 mark.Health ministry's secretary of state Yok Sambath said that the new arrivals included Sinovac vaccines purchased from biopharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech and Sinopharm jabs ordered from pharmaceutical company Sinopharm, the Xinhua news agency reported."Today is a special day because we received a large number of Covid-19 vaccines," she told reporters while receiving the jabs at the Phnom Penh International Airport.She said that the kingdom has so far acquired more than 16 million doses of vaccines from China and the World Health Organization's COVAX Facility.Cambodia launched a Covid-19 inoculation drive on Feburary 10. To date 4.79 million people, or 47.9 per cent of the 10 million targeted adult population, have been vaccinated.Covid-19 infection rates continued to rise in Cambodia. The kingdom logged 933 new cases on Saturday, pushing the national caseload to 59,978 with 881 deaths and 51,660 recoveries, the health ministry said.World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Cambodia Li Ailan expressed concerns over a spike in new cases and deaths, urging greater community participation to suppress transmission."The Covid-19 situation in Cambodia is not getting better. I am very worried about the increasing infections and deaths" she said on social media. "I know 'worry' itself is not a solution. Without more effective non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), it is unlikely to get better." --IANSint/rs
Beijing, July 7 (IANS) Authorities in China's Yunnan province on Wednesday closed off the city of Ruili amid an ongoing Covid-19 resurgence and have asked all residents to undergo home quarantine.The authorities said that schools across the city will suspend classes, restaurants will only be able to offer takeout services, and all establishments will be closed with the exception of some markets, hospitals and pharmacies, reports Xinhua news agency.The government will ensure necessities are supplied to the doorsteps of residents, according to the city's headquarters for Covid-19 prevention and control.Ruili's city has a population of approximately 270,000.Ruili, which lies along China's border with Myanmar, has been reporting new locally transmitted cases since July 4. On Tuesday, it reported 15 locally transmitted confirmed cases and two locally transmitted asymptomatic cases.Since the pandemic originated in Wuhan city of Hubei province in December 2019, China has so far reported 118,951 confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,537 deaths.The country has administered 1,189,495,322 vaccine doses against Covid-19 till date.--IANSksk/
Beijing, July 5 (IANS) The city of Ruili in China's Yunnan province on Monday imposed entry and exit restrictions after the resurgence of new coronavirus cases.After the city reported three new locally transmitted cases on Sunday, authorities have asked people to refrain from entering or leaving Ruili unless necessary, reports Xinhua news agency.The city's headquarters for Covid-19 prevention and control said an all-inclusive nucleic acid testing would be launched in Ruili and the Wanding area, with the government bearing all test-related costs.Ruili, which lies along China's border with Myanmar, has reported dozens of locally transmitted Covid-19 cases since March 30. The resurgence subsided in April amid tightened anti-epidemic measures and several citywide Covid-19 testing campaigns. Since the pandemic originated in Wuhan city of Hubei province in December 2019, China has so far reported 118,644 confirmed coronavirus cases and 5,508 deaths.The country has administered 1,189,495,322 vaccine doses against Covid-19 till date.--IANSksk/
Beijing, July 3 (IANS) The Chinese mainland on Friday reported 23 imported Covid-19 cases but no new locally transmitted cases, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Saturday.Among the imported cases, six were reported in Sichuan, four each in Shanghai, Hunan and Yunnan, three in Guangdong, and one each in Fujian and Shaanxi, the Xinhua news agency reported.Friday also saw seven suspected cases newly reported in Shanghai. All of them are imported from outside the mainland.No new deaths related to Covid-19 were reported Friday, said the commission. --IANSint/rs
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