J&J COVID-19 vaccine in limbo as U.S. panel delays vote on resuming shots

(Reuters) -Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine remained in limbo on Wednesday as a U.S. health panel called for more data before making a decision on how and whether to resume use of the one-dose shot, putting off a vote for a week or more.FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, “COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only” and a medical […]

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U.S. advisory panel wants more data before ending pause on J&J COVID-19 vaccine

FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, “COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only” and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic(Reuters) – A U.S. health panel on Wednesday agreed they wanted more data before voting to resume vaccinations with Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 […]

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EU regulator to probe ethical standards of Sputnik vaccine trials: FT

FILE PHOTO: Bottles of Russia’s “Sputnik-V” COVID-19 vaccine are seen before inoculation at a clinic in Tver, Russia, October 12, 2020. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva(Reuters) – The EU drug regulator will begin investigations next week on whether clinical trials of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine followed global clinical and scientific guidelines, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. The European Medicines Agency’s probe […]

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Exclusive: Regular booster vaccines are the future in battle with COVID-19 virus, expert says

CAMBRIDGE, England (Reuters) – Regular booster vaccines against the novel coronavirus will be needed because of mutations that make it more transmissible and better able to evade human immunity, the head of Britain’s effort to sequence the virus’s genomes told Reuters.Scientists work at a laboratory where they sequence the novel coronavirus genomes at COVID-19 Genomics UK, on the Wellcome Sanger […]

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Italy's Piedmont region temporarily suspends AstraZeneca shots

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s northern region of Piedmont said on Sunday said it would temporarily suspend AstraZeneca coronavirus shots after a teacher from the town of Biella died following his vaccination on Saturday.FILE PHOTO: Vials labelled “AstraZeneca COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine” and a syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken March 10, 2021. REUTERS/Dado […]

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Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 14,356: RKI

FILE PHOTO: A medical worker takes a swab sample from a person at a COVID-19 quick test center of German drugstore chain dm-drogerie markt amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Karlsruhe, Germany, March 4, 2021. REUTERS/Ralph OrlowskiBERLIN (Reuters) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 14,356 to 2,532,947 data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) […]

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South Africa regulator says at advanced stage of Pfizer vaccine review

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa’s medicines regulator said on Thursday that it was at an advanced stage of reviewing an emergency use application for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.FILE PHOTO: Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are pictured in a vaccination centre in Geneva, Switzerland, February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo“Pfizer has engaged with SAHPRA via two regulatory pathways, that is registration […]

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New York officials downplay concern over new coronavirus variant

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mayor Bill de Blasio’s chief medical adviser on Thursday downplayed the results of two studies showing that a new coronavirus variant found in New York City in November may be more resistant to vaccines now being administered.FILE PHOTO: People wait in line to receive Pfizer’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a pop-up community vaccination center at […]

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Pfizer wants to store vaccine at higher temperatures, making distribution easier

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE have asked the U.S. health regulator to relax requirements for their COVID-19 vaccine to be stored at ultra-low temperatures, potentially allowing it to be kept in pharmacy freezers, they said on Friday.FILE PHOTO: A medical worker fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as Japan launches […]

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U.S. CDC issues federal transportation mask mandate effective February 1

FILE PHOTO: People walk past a sign warning to wear masks after California lifted its regional stay-at-home orders during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Encinitas, California, U.S., January 25, 2021. REUTERS/Mike BlakeWASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an order late Friday requiring masks in interstate transportation and at transit hubs, including […]

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