Exclusive-U.S. could authorize Pfizer COVID-19 shot for kids age 5-11 in October -sources

(Reuters) -Top U.S. health officials believe that Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine could be authorized for children aged 5-11 years old by the end of October, two sources familiar with the situation said on Friday.Slideshow ( 2 images )The timeline is based on the expectation that Pfizer, which developed the shot with Germany’s BioNTech, will have enough data from clinical trials […]

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Lockdowns or vaccines? 3 Pacific nations try diverging paths

Cheryl Simpson was supposed to be celebrating her 60th birthday over lunch with friends but instead found herself confined to her Auckland home. The discovery of a single local COVID-19 case in New Zealand was enough for the government to put the entire country into strict lockdown this past week. While others might see that as draconian, New Zealanders generally […]

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Explainer-Who is eligible for a third COVID-19 vaccine dose in the U.S.?

(Reuters) – U.S. health officials have authorized here a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc for people with compromised immune systems, based on evidence that the standard two shots offered less robust protection in such populations.FILE PHOTO: A health worker draws a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine from a vial during a vaccination […]

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COVID vaccines an opportunity for Big Pharma to reset its reputation after decades of big profits and scandals

Just weeks before the first COVID-19 cases emerged, Gallup published its latest poll on America’s views about business. At the bottom of the list of 25 sectors was the pharmaceutical industry. Below advertising. Below oil and gas. Below the banks. The pandemic and the new vaccines have of course turned that reputation around, but let’s not forget why the pharmaceutical […]

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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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