Medical groups call for mandatory vaccination of U.S. health care workers.

A group of nearly 60 major medical organizations, including the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association, called on Monday for mandatory vaccination of health care workers. As the highly contagious Delta variant drives a new surge of coronavirus cases, vaccination is an ethical obligation for health care workers, the groups said in a joint statement. “Due to the […]

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COVID-19 vaccines: Why its important you get your second dose

Vaccination is the safest way to gain immunity to the coronavirus, and with most COVID-19 vaccines, you need two doses to get the greatest possible protection. Immunologists call this method of giving people multiple doses “prime-boosting”. Essentially, you first teach the immune system what it is looking for—you prime it with the first vaccination. Then, after the immune system has […]

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German researchers tie cold viruses used to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to rare blood clot risk

Slideshow ( 3 images )(Reuters) – German researchers on Wednesday said that based on laboratory research, they believed they have found the cause of the rare but serious blood clotting events among some people who received COVID-19 vaccines made by AstraZeneca Plc and Johnson & Johnson. The researchers, in a study not yet reviewed by experts, said COVID-19 vaccines that […]

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Why are some COVID-19 vaccines working better for men than women?

If there’s one take-home message for the general public about the coronavirus vaccines approved in the U.S., it’s that they are remarkably effective. But Michigan State University’s Morteza Mahmoudi is raising awareness about an important subtlety: The vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech appear to work slightly better for men than for women. Both vaccines use tiny orbs, or nanoparticles, […]

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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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The Development of DNA Vaccines

The concept of a DNA vaccine was first proposed in 1990. Since then, DNA vaccines have been widely studied for their ability to induce both cellular and humoral immune responses against certain infectious agents. An overview of vaccinations Vaccines are considered to be one of the most significant medical advancements in recent human history. In short, a vaccination stimulates the […]

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COVID vaccines: Passports, blood clots and changing trust in government

Four in 10 people think those without a COVID-19 vaccination will be discriminated against, while around a quarter of the public have concerns about vaccine passports, according to a new study. The research, by the University of Bristol and King’s College London, also finds that three in ten people say the vaccine rollout has increased their trust in the UK […]

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German Experts Say Under 60s Should Not Get 2nd AstraZeneca Vaccine

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s vaccine commission, known as STIKO, recommended on Thursday that people under 60-years old who have had a first shot of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine should receive a different product for their second dose. Earlier in the week, Germany said only people aged 60 and over should be administered the AstraZeneca vaccine due to the rare but severe […]

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