#BioNTech

.Brussels, Belgium
Germany said that it will start giving the vaccine to children over the age of 12 from next month. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • EU Health Commissioner hailed it as "one step closer to ending the pandemic"
  • Trials showed the Pfizer vaccine was 'highly preventative' for COVID-19 in children, EMA said
  • Moderna has said it expects to seek authorisation from EU and US in early June

.Coventry, UK
Willam Shakespeare's family said that the best tribute to him would be to take the COVID jab. (Photo credit: Unsplash/Representational) 

  • Shakespeare was the first man and second person in the World to receive the COVID vaccine
  • Shakespeare, 81, worked at Rolls-Royce and was also a parish councillor
  • He had described his first jab of COVID vaccine as "wonderful"

.London, UK
UK was the country to start COVID vaccination in late 2020. ( Photo credit: Unsplash)

  • AstraZeneca vaccine are around 85% to 90% effective, says Public Health England
  • PHE estimated that 13,000 deaths have now been prevented due to vaccination
  •  The data was released in a weekly COVID-19 vaccine report

.Tokyo, Japan
Less than 2% of the population of Japan is fully vaccinated. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Pfizer-BioNTech is currently the only vaccine licensed for use in Japan
  • Two mass vaccination centres in Tokyo and Osaka will open next week
  • Organisers insist the Olympics can be held safely this summer

.Brussels, Belgium
Pfizer coronavirus vaccines before being administered in Spain. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • EU's drug agency has approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccines to be stored in fridge for up to a month
  • This is expected to boost the vaccine rollout in the EU
  • The vaccine needs to be kept at an extremely cold condition 

.Tuscany, Italy
The accidental vaccine dose was given at Noa hospital in Tuscany, central Italy. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • The woman has now been discharged from the hospital
  • She was kept under strict observation for 24 hours
  • The hospital said that the incident was "maybe just human error, definitively not on purpose"

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
In clinical trial, the vaccine has showed 100% efficacy. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • This is the first COVID-19 vaccine authorised for use in adolescents in the US
  • Pfizer jab is already in use for people age 16 and older
  • Expanding the usage opens vaccinations to nearly 17 million more people

.Berlin, Germany
In the wake of newer variants, German vaccine maker BioNTech has said that its vaccine does not need any change. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • BioNTech in a statement stated that its vaccine is fit for newer variants of the virus
  • It also said that tests are being conducted on a "modified, variant-specific version"
  • BioNTech chief Ugur Sahin said last month that its vaccine works against the Indian variant

Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking emergency use approval of their vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds (Representational: Unsplash)

  • Pfizer and BioNTech asked for emergency use approval for their vaccine 
  • FDA approved the vaccine in December for emergency use 
  • Companies are now seeking a permanent regulatory approval 

.Paris, France
A Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine shipment is offloaded at the Dubai International Airport cargo terminal, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP/PTI Photo)

  • The US' Trade Representative Katherine Tai said the country supports the waiver of patent protections for vaccines
  • WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the announcement was "a monumental moment"
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin also said he supported the idea of a waiver on patent protections