US bets on small, untested company to deliver COVID vaccine

When precious vats of COVID-19 vaccine are finally ready, jabbing the lifesaving solution into the arms of Americans will require hundreds of millions of injections. As part of its strategy to administer the vaccine as quickly as possible, the Trump administration has agreed to invest more than half a billion in tax dollars in ApiJect Systems America, a young company […]

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Russia starts clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine

Clinical trials of a Russian coronavirus vaccine have started Wednesday, the Health Ministry said in a statement. Two forms of the vaccine developed by the Moscow-based Gamaleya research institute—liquid and powder for injections—will be tested on two groups of volunteers, 38 people each, the statement said. The participants will be isolated in two Moscow hospitals. “Running clinical trials in the […]

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Promising pre-clinical results for COVID-19 vaccine

A COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by the University of Saskatchewan’s (USask) Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) has cleared another major milestone in moving towards human clinical trials: the novel vaccine has proven highly effective in ferrets, one of the commonly used animal models for COVID-19. To evaluate the effectiveness of the vaccine, the ferrets received two immunizations […]

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Coronavirus vaccine: U.S. company trials vaccine candidate in Australia

CANBERRA, Australia — A U.S. biotechnology company began injecting a coronavirus vaccine candidate into people in Australia on Tuesday with hopes of releasing a proven vaccine this year. Novavax will inject 131 volunteers in the first phase of the trial testing the safety of the vaccine and looking for signs of its effectiveness, the company’s research chief Dr. Gregory Glenn […]

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First clinical trial with genetically modified malaria vaccine completed

In an innovative study, Radboudumc and LUMC jointly tested a candidate vaccine based on a genetically weakened malaria parasite. The results of this clinical trial, published in Science Translational Medicine, show that the vaccine is safe and elicits a defense response against a malaria infection. Malaria is a major infectious disease, caused by a parasite with a complicated life cycle […]

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COVID-19 vaccine updates: Hunt heats up globally, still no guarantee

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of people are rolling up their sleeves in countries across the world to be injected with experimental vaccines that might stop COVID-19, spurring hope — maybe unrealistic — that an end to the pandemic may arrive sooner than anticipated. About 100 research groups are pursuing vaccines with nearly a dozen in early stages of human trials or […]

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Coronavirus warning: WHO claims only vaccine will stop spread

It has also been declared as ten times deadlier than Swine flu, as worldwide cases nearly reach 2 million. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO chief, in a virtual briefing from Geneva said the organisation was constantly learning about the bug sweeping the globe. He said: “We can only say what we know, and we can only act on what we know. […]

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Infectious diseases A-Z: Flu vaccine is a good match

The flu vaccine is a good match for the 2019-2020 flu season, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Efficacy of the vaccine is estimated to be 45% so far this season. The CDC says the vaccine was even better for kids, providing substantial protection at 55% efficacy among children and adolescents aged 6 months to-17. In comparison, […]

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