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Pfizer expects to release Covid-19 vaccine trial data for kids under age 5 by Oct end

Pfizer Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said Tuesday that the company expects to release clinical trial data on how well its Covid-19 vaccine works in 6-month to 5-year old children as early as the end of October.

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Pfizer expects to release Covid-19 vaccine trial data for kids under age 5 by Oct end

Covid vaccine data for kids between ages 5 to 11 will come much sooner, he said, potentially ready to be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration by the end of this month.

“Then, it is up to the FDA to take their time, and then make a decision,” Bourla said during an interview at Research!America’s 2021 National Health Research Forum.

The CEO’s comments come as many parents say they are anxious to get their children vaccinated, especially as schools reopen and the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread.

The strain has led to a surge in hospitalizations across the U.S., including among young kids who are currently ineligible to get the shots.

So far, the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been cleared by the FDA for people as young as 12, while Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines have been authorized for adults.

On Friday, FDA officials said they were “working around the clock” to support the approvals of Covid vaccines for kids under age 12.

Dr. Peter Marks, the agency’s top vaccine regulator, said last month the agency would move as “swiftly” as possible on approving the shot for kids under 12 once the companies submit data.

“Currently, there are still trials ongoing and so the agency has to wait for the company to submit the data for those trials,” he said on Aug. 23. “We certainly want to make sure that we get it right.”

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COVID-19: Deadly fourth wave ebbs in country, deaths record slight decline

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 2,333 cases of coronavirus were reported while 47 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,374.

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COVID-19: Deadly fourth wave ebbs in country, deaths record slight decline

Islamabad: Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three COVID waves. Today, the daily Covid-19 positivity rate in country is at 4.56%.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 2,333 cases of coronavirus were reported while 47 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,374.

The total number of cases has reached 1,230,238.

As many as 1,140,917 patients have recovered from the disease with 4,641 critical cases.

Punjab           

The number of patients swelled to 424,701 in the province with 12,470 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 452,267 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,295.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 171,874 in the province with 5,444 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,796 confirmed cases while 345 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 33,864 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 733. On the other hand, there are 10,264 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 104,472 cases in the capital city while 905 people have lost their lives.

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With 73 new fatalities, Pakistan's COVID-19 death count nears 27,000

Islamabad: Pakistan is witnessing daily surge in COVID-19 cases with authorities linking the upswing to the deadly fourth wave. Today country’s positivity rate is on 4.78%.

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With 73 new fatalities, Pakistan's COVID-19 death count nears 27,000

As per National Command and Control Center (NCOC), around 2,714 cases of coronavirus were reported while 73 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 26,938.

Pakistan conducted a total of 56,733 tests in the last 24 hours.

As per the NCOC, total confirmed cases are 1,212,809 whereas 5,122 are under critical care.

Punjab           

The number of patients swelled to 416,901 in the province with 12,291 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 446,840 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,192.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 169,429 in the province with 5,310 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,658 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 33,490 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 727. On the other hand, there are 10,198 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 103,293 cases in the capital city while 892 people have lost their lives.

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New island emerges near Balochistan’s Kund Malir beach

A new island have popped up near Sonmiani beach of Balochistan— discovered by the fishermen sailing along the coast on Thursday.

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New island emerges near Balochistan’s Kund Malir beach

The technical advisor on marine fisheries at World Wild Fund (WWF), Muhammad Moazzam Khan said that the new island appeared in west off the coast of Sonmiani near Kund Malir.

“Such phenomena occurs due to geographical changes within the ocean depths,” he said adding that these kind of small islands emerge, remain in place for a while and then diminish back into the waters.

It is pertinent mention here that such Islands had earlier emerged at the same location in 2000 and 2010.

The first known emergence, during November 1945, was concurrent with an earthquake of magnitude 8.0.

The 2nd and 3rd emergences were in March 1999 and November 2010 respectively.

In 2013, an island emerged off Gwadar coast after a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan. However, the island disappeared after some time.

Landsat images of March 1999 and November 2010 emergences indicate appearance of round-shaped island of 4.4 and 5.2 hectare area, followed by erosion and disappearance. The island was composed of mud breccias and circular vents spewing mud slurry and methane gas.

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