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Delta variant reduces effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine : Study

London, Aug 19 (SPUTNIK) The Delta variant of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 reduces the effectiveness of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines in fully vaccinated people, although they still help prevent severe symptoms of the disease, according to a University of Oxford study released on Thursday
"SARS-CoV-2 vaccination still reduces new infections, but effectiveness and attenuation of peak viral burden are reduced with Delta," scientists said.
Researchers said that there was no evidence that effectiveness varied by dosing interval, but they found that protection was higher among those vaccinated following a prior infection and younger adults.
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A group is plotting to destabilize the country, says Bangladesh's Foreign Minister

24 Oct 2021 | 12:28 AM

By Walid Ahmed

Dhaka, Oct 23 (UNI) Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen on Saturday said a group is waging a communal attack to destabilize the country ahead of the upcoming elections.

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Sri Lanka blocks payment to Chinese firm that shipped fertiliser with harmful bacteria

Sri Lanka blocks payment to Chinese firm that shipped fertiliser with harmful bacteria

23 Oct 2021 | 11:47 PM

Colombo, Oct 23 (UNI) Sri Lanka's state-owned Ceylon Fertilizer Company Limited has got a court order to block payment to China’s Qingdao Seawin Biotech over the latter's shipment of organic fertilizer which was contaminated with harmful bacteria.

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'Stop airing hugging scenes in dramas', PEMRA directs TV channels

23 Oct 2021 | 10:31 PM

Islamabad, Oct 23 (UNI) The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has directed local television channels to "stop airing caress and hug scenes" in dramas, as such content was receiving a lot of complaints.

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Moscow says Kosovo's decision to expel Russian diplomats not to Affect their legal status

23 Oct 2021 | 10:04 PM

Moscow, Oct 23 (UNI/Sputnik) Pristina's actions against Russian diplomats do not entail any consequences for their legal status as they are accredited with the UN Mission in Kosovo, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday.

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Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan to discuss trans-Afghan railway in Nov

23 Oct 2021 | 9:39 PM

Tashkent, Oct 23 (UNI/Sputnik) Senior officials from Pakistan and Uzbekistan will meet with the representatives of the interim government of Afghanistan in the first half of November in Tashkent to discuss the construction of the Trans-Afghan railway, Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Sardor Umurzakov said on Saturday.

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