COVID vaccine cannot cause ‘viral shedding,’ despite false reports

Fears of “viral shedding” and other concerns after the COVID vaccine has led some businesses to ban vaccinated customers from the premises, believing vaccination poses a health risk to others. We’ve seen this in Australia, in the northern New South Wales town of Mullumbimby and on the Gold Coast in Queensland. We’ve also seen this internationally. In the United States, […]

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No Link Between Childhood Vaccinations and Allergies or Asthma

A meta-analysis by Australian researchers found no link between childhood vaccinations and an increase in allergies and asthma. In fact, children who received the BCG vaccine actually had a lesser incidence of eczema than other children, but there was no difference in shown in any of the allergies or asthma. The researchers, in a report published in the journal Allergy, […]

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Hepatitis C vaccine could be rolled out within five years, says Nobel Prize winner who discovered virus

A vaccine to protect against infection with hepatitis C could be in use within 5 years, says Professor Sir Michael Houghton, who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology along with three other scientists for discovering the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in 1989. Sir Michael will discuss the development of a vaccine in a special presentation at this year’s […]

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Universal vaccine targets coronaviruses to prevent future pandemics

Scientists at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health have developed a universal vaccine that protected mice not just against COVID-19 but also other coronaviruses and triggered the immune system to fight off a dangerous variant. While no one knows which virus may cause the next outbreak, coronaviruses remain a threat after causing the SARS outbreak […]

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U.S. vaccine surplus grows by the day as expiration dates loom

In Tennessee and North Carolina, demand for the COVID-19 vaccine has slowed down so much that they have given millions of doses back to the federal government, even though less than half of their total populations are vaccinated. Mississippi, the least vaccinated state in the country, is transferring inventory to Maine, which has one of the highest rates of immunization. […]

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Study reports on the immunogenicity of single-shot COVID-19 vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 variants

In the three months since Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, more than 10 million Americans have received the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The single-shot viral vector vaccine — developed in collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) immunologist Dan Barouch, MD, PhD […]

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Colorado vaccine lottery: Sally Sliger, of Mead, is first $1 million winner

A health care worker from Weld County won the first $1 million drawing in Colorado’s vaccine lottery, and urged those who haven’t been immunized against COVID-19 to get the shot now. Sally Sliger, of Mead, said she got vaccinated in April so her family could get back to gathering for birthdays and other celebrations. Winning the lottery was a “surreal” […]

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India Says ‘Minuscule’ Clotting Cases After AstraZeneca Vaccine

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India has found 26 suspected cases of bleeding and clotting among recipients of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the health ministry said on Monday, describing the risk as “minuscule” out of the 164 million doses administered. Some countries have suspended or restricted use of the shot over fears of possible side effects, though health experts have said its […]

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Moderna vaccine can trigger red, itchy ‘COVID arm,’ but it’s temporary

In rare cases, people who receive the two-dose Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may experience a red, itchy patch of skin a few days later at the injection site, a new report finds. They shouldn’t panic: This “COVID arm” reaction, although annoying, was short-lived in all cases and was easily treated with topical steroid creams, according to a team of researchers at […]

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