Tag: Covid 19 vaccine

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

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,

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

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

Germany Recommends COVID-19 Vaccinations for Pregnant Women

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s vaccine oversight body on Friday recommended that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should be vaccinated against COVID-19 with an mRNA-based shot. The Permanent Vaccination Commission (STIKO) advises that women should receive two shots from the second trimester of pregnancy, according to guidance posted on the website of the Robert Koch Institute

Vaccine Makers Should Supply Shots for Trials to Help Spur Sector -CEPI

(Reuters) – COVID-19 vaccine makers ought to make their approved shots available for trials or risk hobbling the development of more vaccines, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) said on Tuesday. Major vaccine studies have so far examined COVID-19 infection rates comparing the prospective vaccine with a placebo. But such trials may no longer

Countries Weigh Need for Booster COVID-19 Shots

Aug 31 (Reuters) – COVID-19 vaccine booster shots will be made widely available to Americans in September, while several other countries including Israel, Germany and France have decided to offer boosters to older adults and people with weak immune systems. As of yet, there is no consensus among scientists and agencies that a third dose

German Nurse Suspected of Giving Saline Instead of COVID Vaccine

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A nurse in Germany is suspected of giving saline solution rather than a COVID-19 vaccine to more than 8,500 people at a vaccination center earlier this year, according to CBS News. Those who may be affected are being informed about their

New Rules for Unvaccinated People, Delta Continues to Surge

These are the global coronavirus stories you need to know about this week. As hospitalizations for Covid-19 continue to increase in Israel, with a significant share involving vaccinated patients, the country is considering a fourth confinement of the population in September, during the major Jewish holidays. The decision will largely depend on the impact of the

BioNTech Says Vaccine Repeats Beat Devising New One for Now

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – BioNTech said that repeat shots of its COVID-19 vaccine, of which more than a billion doses have now been supplied worldwide, was a better strategy than tailoring the product it developed with Pfizer to new variants. The German biotech firm said that offering a third dose of its established two-shot vaccine remained

US Scientists Unconvinced COVID Booster Shots Are Needed Now

U.S. officials were unmoved by vaccine maker Pfizer’s pitch that Americans will soon need COVID-19 vaccine booster shots. Representatives from Pfizer and its partner BioNTech met privately with top U.S. scientists on Monday to explain why they should be authorized to offer booster shots for their COVID-19 vaccine. The government hasn’t changed its official position

Hospital Workers’ Vaccine Rates: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Houston Healthcare did the typical things to promote COVID-19 vaccination among its hospital workers, including stressing the importance and safety of getting a shot. But the Warner Robins-based system’s successful vaccine effort had a personal dimension as well. The deaths of

Moderna Vaccine Transmission Prevention Study to Include Young Adults

(Reuters) – U.S. scientists are expanding a government-funded study that aims to directly answer the question of whether Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine curbs the spread of SARS-CoV-2. The study, backed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was launched in March to determine if Moderna’s vaccine can prevent coronavirus infection, limit the amount of virus