CVST After COVID-19 Vaccine: New Data Confirm High Mortality Rate

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A new series of cases of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) linked to the adenoviral vector COVID-19 vaccines has been reported, confirming the severity of the reaction and the associated high mortality rate. The new series comes from an international registry of consecutive patients who experienced […]

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US Education Secretary Backs Mandatory Vaccine for Kids in School

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Miguel Cardona, the U.S. secretary of education, says he supports mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all eligible children attending school. “Not only do I support it, but I’m encouraging states to come up with a plan to make sure it happens,” he told Politico on Thursday as he toured schools in […]

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Supply Fears Lead EU Vaccine Industry to Seek Home Comforts

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – European companies playing key supporting roles in COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing are working to move production and supply chains closer to their customers to guard against trade restrictions that have interrupted supplies during the pandemic. Germany’s Merck KGaA, whose Life Science unit is one of the world’s largest makers of bioreactor gear and supplies, told Reuters it is […]

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US Pushes World Leaders to Embrace 70% Global COVID-19 Vaccination Target

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is pushing global leaders to endorse what it calls ambitious targets for ending the COVID-19 pandemic, including ensuring 70% of the world’s population is vaccinated against the virus by the 2022, according to a draft U.S. document viewed by Reuters on Tuesday. The three-page outline is addressed to countries, international organizations, and private sector […]

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Countries Weigh Need for Booster COVID-19 Shots

Sept 14 (Reuters) – COVID-19 vaccine booster shots will be made widely available to Americans this month, while several other countries including Britain, Israel, Germany and France, have decided to offer boosters to older adults and people with weak immune systems. There is no consensus yet among scientists and agencies that a third dose is necessary. The World Health Organization […]

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Thailand Cites Positive Results From Sinovac-AstraZeneca Vaccine Formula

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s health ministry said on Thursday that its COVID-19 vaccine regimen of China’s Sinovac followed by British-developed AstraZeneca was safe and successfully boosted immunity among its first 1.5 million recipients. Thailand in July became the first country in the world to mix a Chinese vaccine and a Western-developed vaccine as cases and deaths in the country surged […]

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German Firms Seek Details of Employees’ Vaccine Status

BERLIN (Reuters) – The German government is looking into whether it could temporarily ease data privacy rules to allow companies to find out whether their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19, ministers said on Wednesday. Many countries are making vaccination mandatory for healthcare staff and public sector workers and some companies – particularly in the United States – have started demanding […]

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ACR Updates COVID Vaccine Guidance With Booster Schedule

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Patients on immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory therapy should receive a third dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after the second dose of either of these two mRNA vaccines, according to updated recommendations from the American College of […]

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Japan’s Moderna Vaccine Contamination Woes Widen as 1 Mln More Shots Suspended

TOKYO (Reuters) – Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine contamination woes in Japan have widened with another million doses being temporarily suspended, after foreign substances were found in more batches and two people died following shots from affected lots. The suspension of Moderna supplies, affecting more than 2.6 million does in total, comes as Japan battles its worst wave of COVID-19 yet, driven […]

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Fauci: ‘Good Idea’ to Implement School Vaccine Mandates

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. COVID-19 vaccine mandates in schools are a “good idea” for ages 12 and older who are eligible to receive a shot, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Sunday. Fauci said he expects the FDA and the CDC’s Advisory […]

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