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BBQ Lighters Spark New Vaccine Delivery Device

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A device inspired by the electrical sparking of battery-free gas lighters could lead to more efficient and cheaper delivery of vaccines. What to know: Electroporation, which can deliver substances such as DNA directly into cells, is commonly utilized only in research

Texas Order Reflects Growing GOP Hostility Over Vaccine Mandates

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With the governor of Texas leading the charge, conservative Republicans in several states are moving to block or undercut President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates for private employers before the regulations are even issued. The growing

Pfizer, BioNTech ask U.S. regulators to OK COVID-19 vaccine for kids

FILE PHOTO: Syringes filled with a doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine are seen at a pop-up community vaccination center at the Gateway World Christian Center in Valley Stream, New York, U.S., February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc and BioNTech have asked U.S. regulators to approve emergency use of their COVID-19

Novavax tumbles after report on COVID-19 vaccine production delay

(Reuters) -Shares of Novavax Inc fell 16% after a report from Politico said the company faces significant hurdles in proving it can manufacture its experimental COVID-19 vaccine that meets regulators’ quality standards, resulting in production delays.FILE PHOTO: A vial and sryinge are seen in front of a displayed Novavax logo in this illustration taken January

Malaysia approves Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for booster dose

FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, “COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only” and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic(Corrects paragraph 4 RIC of CanSino Biologics) KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) -Malaysia has granted conditional approval for the COVID-19 vaccine made

US COVID Deaths, Infections Are Falling

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Deaths from COVID-19 infections in the United States are dropping after a summer surge of the Delta variant. Axios reported that COVID deaths are down about 13% over 2 weeks, with the virus claiming about 1,800 American lives daily. Infections are

New Zealand PM Ardern extends COVID-19 lockdown in Auckland

FILE PHOTO: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern participates in a televised debate with National leader Judith Collins at TVNZ in Auckland, New Zealand, September 22, 2020. Fiona Goodall/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoWELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that the country’s biggest city Auckland will remain in lockdown for another

Some Alaska Legislators Urge Easier Ivermectin Access

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Several Republican state lawmakers are urging easier access for Alaskans to ivermectin amid the pandemic, though ivermectin is not authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration for preventing or treating COVID-19. Senate Majority Leader Shelley Hughes

UK to Offer Extra COVID Shots to Trial Participants for Travel

Britain will offer additional COVID-19 shots to participants in clinical trials for coronavirus vaccines that have not yet been approved in order to let them travel, the health ministry said on Friday. People enrolled in trials for shots made by the likes of Novavax and Valneva have been in limbo, as the shots have not been approved,

J&J shot performs best with paired with booster dose from Moderna or Pfizer, NIH study suggests

FILE PHOTO: Vials of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna are seen in the town of Ricany near Prague, Czech Republic, February 25, 2021. REUTERS/David W Cerny/File Photo/File Photo/File Photo(Reuters) -People who got Johnson & Johnson Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine as a first shot had a stronger immune response when boosted with vaccines from

COVID Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect for NYC Teachers, Staff

NEW YORK (AP) — A COVID-19 vaccination requirement for teachers and other staff members took effect in New York City’s sprawling public school system Monday in a key test of the employee vaccination mandates now being rolled out across the country. Mayor Bill de Blasio said 95% of the city’s roughly 148,000 public school staffers

Amid COVID-19 booster data dilemma, EU nations' plans diverge

LONDON (Reuters) – A patchwork of campaigns for an extra COVID-19 shot are being rolled out across the European Union even before the region’s drug watchdog rules on whether they are safe and effective.FILE PHOTO: A health worker prepares a booster dose of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, as vaccinations jump in Italy after the

Malaysia approves Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine for ages 12 to 17

FILE PHOTO: Vials of Chinese Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pictured inside the newly inaugurated production lab designated to manufacture the vaccine, in Constantine, Algeria September 29, 2021. REUTERS/Ramzi BoudinaKUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia has given conditional approval for a COVID-19 vaccine made by China’s Sinovac to be used on young people aged

Pilots’ Unions Warn Vaccine Mandates Could Disrupt Holiday Travel

Unions representing pilots at American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are asking for exemptions to President Joe Biden’s pending vaccine mandate, saying that holiday travel could be disrupted otherwise, according to Politico. The Allied Pilots Association, which represents 14,000 pilots at American Airlines, wrote a letter to federal officials suggesting that mandatory vaccinations could cause widespread

U.S. administers 390.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines – CDC

FILE PHOTO: A large vaccination site is shown as people with preexisting health conditions are granted access to a vaccination during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Inglewood, California, U.S., March 15, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Blake(Reuters) – The United States has administered 390,664,923 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Monday morning

COVID-19 a Rare Trigger for Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Although Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) may rarely follow a recent infection with SARS-CoV-2, a strong relationship of GBS with the novel coronavirus is unlikely, say researchers with the International GBS Outcome Study (IGOS) consortium. “Our study shows that COVID-19 may precede Guillain-Barré