Tag: Vaccines

Two COVID-19 vaccines show safety, strong immunity in infant model

A group of scientists led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian reported that the Moderna mRNA vaccine and a protein-based vaccine candidate elicited durable neutralizing antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 in pre-clinical research. There were no adverse effects. The research, published June 15 in Science Immunology,

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines effective against new NYC variant​

The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines protect against serious illness and death from the coronavirus variant first identified in New York City, two new studies show. The B.1.526 variant was first detected in November and accounted for nearly half of cases diagnosed in the city as of April 13. City officials have said the variant

Australia Reports Second AstraZeneca Blood Clot Case

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia said on Tuesday a second person had been diagnosed with a blood clot after receiving the AstraZeneca Plc vaccine but there had been no rise in inoculation cancellations as authorities try to steady a bungled immunisation campaign. This week Australia abandoned a goal of vaccinating all of its nearly 26 million

COVID-19 Vaccination Strategies Suggested for Patients on Antirheumatic Immunosuppressive Therapy

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – UK experts propose evidence-based management strategies for rheumatology patients on immunosuppressive therapy, including delaying/postponing rituximab, as appropriate. “The aim of this viewpoint article is to outline the existing data on the effect of antirheumatic therapy on vaccine responses in patients with inflammatory arthritis, and to formulate a possible pragmatic strategy

Fauci Says US Must Stick to Two-Shot Strategy for COVID Vaccines

(Reuters) – The United States must stick to a two-dose strategy for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, top U.S. infectious disease official Anthony Fauci told the Washington Post newspaper. Fauci said that delaying a second dose to inoculate more Americans creates risks. He warned that shifting to a single-dose strategy for the vaccines could

EU Considers Switch to COVID-19 Vaccine Emergency Approvals

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission said on Tuesday that it was considering emergency approvals for COVID-19 vaccines as a faster alternative to more rigorous conditional marketing authorisations which have been used so far. The move would mark a big shift in approach to vaccine approvals, as it would entail using a procedure that the

Spain: One Vaccine Dose to Under 55-Year-Olds Who Had COVID

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain will give a single vaccine dose to under 55-year-olds who have already been infected with COVID-19, the Health Ministry announced on Friday in the latest update of its national inoculation strategy. “The duration of protective immunity to the virus after natural infection is unknown but studies show that administering a single

US to distribute 4 million J&J COVID vaccines by Tuesday

Four million doses of the latest COVID-19 vaccine to get US approval will be delivered across the country as early as Tuesday, a senior administration official said. The United States on Saturday authorized Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccine for emergency use, boosting President Joe Biden’s plan to battle the outbreak that has killed more than

EU Mulls Vaccination Passports to Resurrect Tourism After COVID-19

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders will agree on Thursday to work on certificates of vaccination for EU citizens who have had an anti-COVID shot, with southern EU countries that depend heavily on tourism desperate to rescue this summer’s holiday season. Lockdowns to slow the pandemic caused the deepest ever economic recession in the 27-nation

Sweden to Ease COVID Rules for Vaccinated Care Home Residents

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Sweden will ease restrictions on elderly residents of care homes who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, the country’s top epidemiologist said on Wednesday, at the same time as rules for the rest of the country are tightened. Sweden has seen a rise in cases in the last couple of weeks, raising fears