As Covid mutates, the vaccine makers are adapting too | Pharmaceuticals industry

The speed at which scientists worked to develop the first Covid jabs was unprecedented. Just nine months after the UK went into lockdown, 90-year-old Margaret Keenan officially became the first person in the world outside a trial to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. But the virus is mutating, and the emergence of the Omicron variant last … Read more

COVID-19 booster shots: What we know about a fourth vaccine dose

COVID-19 booster shots: What we know about a fourth vaccine dose

Could we need four vaccine shots to combat omicron? Sarah Tew/CNET For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites. More than 100 million people in the US are eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot from Pfizer or Moderna, and new groups (including 16 and 17 year … Read more

African countries aim to step up Covid vaccine delivery with 1bn doses due | Global development

With 1bn doses of Covid vaccines expected to arrive in Africa in the coming months, concern has shifted to a global shortage of equipment required to deliver them, such as syringes, as well as insufficient planning in some countries that could create bottlenecks in the rollout.After a troubled start to vaccination programmes on the continent, … Read more

This Vaccine Maker Can ‘Dominate’ The Covid Market For Years To Come, Wells Fargo Predicts

This Vaccine Maker Can ‘Dominate’ The Covid Market For Years To Come, Wells Fargo Predicts

Topline Wall Street is underestimating vaccine maker Pfizer, which is primed for massive growth ahead as its Covid treatments will remain relevant for years—not to mention generate billions of dollars of revenue for the company, according to analysts at Wells Fargo. Although its shares have lagged other vaccine makers in 2021, Pfizer could soon be … Read more

Doctors weigh COVID-19 impact on children as vaccine drives ramp up

Doctors weigh COVID-19 impact on children as vaccine drives ramp up

Brooke Knippenberg, 6, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, U.S., December 5, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah BeierRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterJERUSALEM, Dec 9 (Reuters) – One month after her son Eran had recovered from a mild case of COVID-19, Sara Bittan rushed the three-year-old to the emergency room. He had … Read more

Australia news live update: eight new Omicron infections in NSW as Covid cases rise; Qld and NT pass 80% vaccine milestone | Australia news

9.28pm EST 21:28 Gunner has also added that people arriving into the Northern Territory will need to get three tests to get into the territory. Travellers will need one test before arrival, and two after you arrive. Gunner explained the process for domestic arrivals, who will be able to enter the territory next week: They … Read more

First case of Omicron COVID-19 variant found in Arizona | AZ Vaccine HQ

First case of Omicron COVID-19 variant found in Arizona | AZ Vaccine HQ

YAVAPAI COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — The Arizona Department of Health Services and Yavapai County Community Health Services confirmed the state’s first known case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant on Wednesday. The announcement comes on the same day ADHS issued a new report that looked at COVID-19 cases and death rates by vaccination status during October. During that … Read more

The history of Covid vaccine development | Coronavirus

It has been a year since the UK became the first western country to license a vaccine against Covid and since then the world has embarked on a battle against the virus.Here is a history of the vaccination developmentNovember 2020At this time, there were a number of Covid vaccine candidates being tested in large phase … Read more

WHO Europe says Covid vaccine mandates should be ‘last resort’

WHO Europe says Covid vaccine mandates should be ‘last resort’

The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Europe on Tuesday cautioned against making Covid vaccines mandatory, while urging better protection of children among whom cases are high. Europe is battling a fierce surge in the pandemic, with the WHO registering 120,000 Covid-related deaths on the continent since November 23 when it warned of up to 500,000 … Read more

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine partially protective against Omicron – Bloomberg News

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine partially protective against Omicron - Bloomberg News

Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are pictured in a vaccination centre in Geneva, Switzerland, February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseDec 7 (Reuters) – The Omicron variant of the coronavirus can partially evade the protection from Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and partner BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday, citing the research head of a laboratory at … Read more

UNICEF signs supply agreement for Clover COVID-19 vaccine – World

UNICEF signs supply agreement for Clover COVID-19 vaccine - World

NEW YORK/COPENHAGEN, 7 December 2021 – UNICEF and Clover Biopharmaceuticals Ltd. have signed a long-term agreement for the supply of the Clover COVID-19 vaccine on behalf of the COVAX Facility. Through the supply agreement, UNICEF will have access to up to 414 million doses of Clover’s COVID-19 vaccine until the end of 2022. These doses … Read more

COVID live updates: Epidemiologists hope approval of Pfizer vaccine for children will reduce infection risk before new school year

COVID live updates: Epidemiologists hope approval of Pfizer vaccine for children will reduce infection risk before new school year

Live updatesPinnedToday’s case numbersThis section will be updated throughout the day. If you don’t see your state or territory yet, don’t worry — case numbers often filter in throughout the day.Victoria:New South Wales:Queensland:South Australia:Tasmania:ACT:Western Australia:Northern Territory:15m ago15 minutes agoSun 5 Dec 2021 at 8:59pmBy Bridget JuddDavid Littleproud: State and territory leaders should hold their nerve … Read more

Australian children aged five to 11 set to receive Pfizer Covid vaccine from mid-January | Vaccines and immunisation

Australian children aged five to 11 could receive the Pfizer vaccine against Covid as soon as 10 January, following provisional approval by the country’s drugs regulator.The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) green light, announced by the federal health minister, Greg Hunt, on Sunday will likely be followed by an independent recommendation from the Australian Technical Advisory … Read more

Brazil orders probe into Bolsonaro linking COVID vaccine and AIDS | Coronavirus pandemic News

Brazil orders probe into Bolsonaro linking COVID vaccine and AIDS | Coronavirus pandemic News

President Bolsonaro had claimed that COVID-19 vaccines may raise the chance of contracting AIDS.The Brazilian Supreme Court has ordered a probe into President Jair Bolsonaro for claiming that COVID-19 vaccines may increase the chances of contracting AIDS. In a live broadcast on October 24, Bolsonaro said that “official reports from the UK government suggest that … Read more

Covid vaccine protests in Melbourne as Kerry Chant warns of ‘uptick’ in Sydney Omicron cases | Australia news

The Australian government says Covid vaccines could soon be rolled out for children as young as five as Victoria reported nine deaths and the NSW chief health officer, Kerry Chant, warned of “an uptick” in Omicron cases in metropolitan Sydney.The federal health minister, Greg Hunt, said on Saturday that the regulators – the Therapeutic Goods … Read more

WHO: Vaccine makers should plan to adjust COVID-19 jabs – Live | Coronavirus pandemic News

WHO: Vaccine makers should plan to adjust COVID-19 jabs – Live | Coronavirus pandemic News

Makers of COVID-19 vaccines should gear up for the “likelihood” of needing to adjust their products to protect against the Omicron variant, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) spokesperson has said. Christian Lindmeier, speaking at a UN briefing in Geneva, said the agency was still studying the transmissibility and severity of the new variant, first reported … Read more

WHO consultation on COVID-19 vaccines research:  How can vaccine research further contribute to achieve the control of the pandemic everywhere?

WHO consultation on COVID-19 vaccines research:  How can vaccine research further contribute to achieve the control of the pandemic everywhere?

In continuation to the scientific discussions on COVID-19 vaccines research, WHO R&D Blueprint is organizing a consultation to identify vaccine research priorities to facilitate further contributions of vaccines to achieve improved control of the pandemic everywhere. .This will take place on Monday, 6 December 2021 from 13h00 to 19h00 (CET) Geneva time.For registration go to this LINK During this forthcoming consultation global experts will review the available evidence, … Read more

Covid vaccine boosters in England: what has changed? | Coronavirus

Q: Boris Johnson on Monday announced a major ramping up of the drive to administer booster Covid vaccines in England. What prompted that?A: The emergence last week of the new variant of coronavirus, named Omicron by the World Health Organization. Ministers, NHS leaders, scientists and doctors fear it could trigger a new wave of Covid-19 … Read more

Courts block two Biden administration COVID vaccine mandates

Courts block two Biden administration COVID vaccine mandates

Nov 30 (Reuters) – The Biden administration was blocked on Tuesday from enforcing two mandates requiring millions of American workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a key part of its strategy for controlling the spread of the coronavirus.U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty in Monroe, Louisiana, temporarily blocked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) … Read more

Covid omicron variant linked to vaccine inequality, experts say

Covid omicron variant linked to vaccine inequality, experts say

Rich countries can’t say they weren’t warned.For almost as long as Covid-19 has been around, scientists, academics and campaigners have called on wealthy nations to share vaccines around the world — not only to protect people in those countries, but also to reduce the risk of new mutant variants emerging that could evade vaccines for everyone.Those sounding the alarm … Read more

China’s Xi pledges another 1 bln COVID-19 vaccine doses for Africa

China's Xi pledges another 1 bln COVID-19 vaccine doses for Africa

DAKAR/BEIJING, Nov 29 (Reuters) – China will deliver another 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and encourage Chinese companies to invest no less than $10 billion in the continent over the next three years, President Xi Jinping said on Monday.The country has already supplied nearly 200 doses to Africa, where vaccination rates have … Read more

Moderna CEO says it will take months to clear a new Covid vaccine targeting omicron

Moderna CEO says it will take months to clear a new Covid vaccine targeting omicron

Doctor Immanuel Hardtmann holds a syringe with the vaccine Moderna in a temporary vaccination center inside the Excursion boat Alexander von Humboldt on the first day of the #HierWirdGeimpft (Get Vaccinated Here) Covid-19 vaccination campaign on September 13, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.Carsten Koall | Getty Images News | Getty ImagesModerna CEO Stephane Bancel on Monday … Read more

Nursing unions around world call for UN action on Covid vaccine patents | Coronavirus

Nursing unions in 28 countries have filed a formal appeal with the United Nations over the refusal of the UK, EU and others to temporarily waive patents for Covid vaccines, saying this has cost huge numbers of lives in developing nations.The letter, sent on Monday on behalf of unions representing more than 2.5 million healthcare … Read more

COVID-19 vaccine booster time frame to be reviewed after Omicron variant detected in Australia

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Health Minister Greg Hunt has asked the government’s expert immunisation panel to review the time frame for COVID-19 booster shots, after the detection of the Omicron “variant of concern” in Australia.Key points:The government’s expert immunisation panel will review its advice on the timing for booster shotsThe Health Minister says the country has enough vaccine stocks to … Read more

Loopholes In U.S. CDC Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement For Air Travelers

Loopholes In U.S. CDC Covid-19 Vaccine Requirement For Air Travelers

A Proclamation by U.S. President Joe Biden, indicated a plan to “move away from the … [+] country-by-country restrictions previously applied during the Covid-19 pandemic and to adopt an air travel policy that relies primarily on vaccination to advance the safe resumption of international air travel to the United States.” Here a woman is being … Read more

Novavax developing vaccine that targets new COVID-19 variant

Philippines approves emergency use of Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” sticker and a medical syringe in front of displayed Novavax logo in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado RuvicRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterNov 26 (Reuters) – Novavax Inc (NVAX.O) said on Friday it had started working on a version … Read more

BioNTech says it could tweak Covid vaccine in 100 days if needed | Vaccines and immunisation

BioNTech says it could produce and ship an updated version of its vaccine within 100 days if the new Covid variant detected in southern Africa is found to evade existing immunity.The biotechnology company is already investigating whether the vaccine it developed with Pfizer works well against the variant, named Omicron, which has caused concern due … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 6,200 young children booked for vaccine, 87 new cases

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 6,200 young children booked for vaccine, 87 new cases

More than 6,200 children aged five to 11 have been signed up to receive their first dose of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Health Minister Dorothy Shephard said she’s “thrilled” with the number of parents and guardians who booked appointments since online registration for the Horizon and Vitalité community clinics opened Tuesday around noon. “We’re now booking into December,” she … Read more

Novavax expected to be approved as fourth Covid vaccine in UK | Vaccines and immunisation

Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna. Britons have become so accustomed to the three Covid vaccines available in the UK that most have forgotten about another jab, Novavax – even though the government has ordered 60m doses and hundreds of British jobs depend on it.Late last month the US company, with a factory on Teesside primed to manufacture … Read more

Are Covid vaccine mandates ethical? Here’s what medical experts think

Are Covid vaccine mandates ethical? Here’s what medical experts think

Protesters rally against vaccine mandates on November 20, 2021 in New York City.Stephanie Keith | Getty ImagesEthical justificationJulian Savulescu, director of Oxford University’s Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, said the main ground for implementing coercive measures during a pandemic was preventing harm to other people.”You’re not entitled to shoot a gun into the air risking … Read more

Biden administration seeks to reinstate workplace COVID vaccine rule

Biden administration seeks to reinstate workplace COVID vaccine rule

A syringe is filled with a dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up community vaccination center at the Gateway World Christian Center in Valley Stream, New York, U.S., February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterNov 23 (Reuters) – The Biden administration asked a federal appeals court on Tuesday to … Read more

Mexico eyes COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, especially for older adults

Mexico eyes COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, especially for older adults

MEXICO CITY, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Mexico will analyze administering booster vaccine doses against COVID-19, especially for older people, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday, softening his previous stance on the need for a third shot.Less than two months ago, Lopez Obrador had rejected suggestions that Mexico should administer a third vaccine shot, … Read more

Ontario sees 613 new COVID-19 cases as vaccine appointments open to kids aged 5 to 11

Ontario sees 613 new COVID-19 cases as vaccine appointments open to kids aged 5 to 11

Ontario reported 613 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, as vaccination appointments opened for children aged five to 11 in the province.  The provincial booking portal was initially scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, but people reported on social media that they were able to access it even earlier. More than 68,000 COVID-19 vaccine … Read more

AstraZeneca CEO links Europe’s Covid surge to rejection of its vaccine for older people | Coronavirus

A decision not to use AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for elderly people in some European countries could help explain why the virus is currently triggering such high levels of infections in mainland Europe, the company’s chief executive has said.Pascal Soriot told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that heightened T-cell immunity could be giving those who received … Read more

Australian PM’s legislative agenda threatened by division over COVID vaccine rules

Australian PM's legislative agenda threatened by division over COVID vaccine rules

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison gestures as he makes a statement at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain November 1, 2021. Alastair Grant/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterCANBERRA, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s legislative agenda came under risk on Tuesday after a … Read more

Ontario investigating potential security breach associated with COVID-19 vaccine portal

Ontario investigating potential security breach associated with COVID-19 vaccine portal

TORONTO — Ontario authorities are investigating reports of a possible security breach associated with the provincial COVID-19 vaccine booking portal. A spokesperson for the Solicitor General confirmed the government has received multiple reports of spam text messages received by individuals who scheduled appointments or accessed vaccine certificates through the COVID-9 immunization system. “Ontarians should be … Read more

Covid-19: Auckland hairdressers to trial vaccine passport from Thursday

Covid-19: Auckland hairdressers to trial vaccine passport from Thursday

Hairdressers will be allowed to re-open in Auckland later this week as a means of trialling the Government’s new vaccine passport system. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced during Monday’s post-Cabinet press conference that the region’s hairdressers and barbers will be able to reopen from Thursday. Clients must use the My Vaccine Pass certificates for entry, … Read more

Doctors say the kids’ COVID-19 vaccine is a booster for mental health

Doctors say the kids' COVID-19 vaccine is a booster for mental health

Diana Grimaldos keeps getting the same questions from her kids.  “Is the virus gone? Has the virus gone away?” Her seven-year-old daughter, Katalina, has always been an anxious child — but it got much worse during the pandemic.  “She worries,” said Grimaldos, who lives in Toronto. Katalina’s anxiety was especially high during lockdown. Although seeing her parents get … Read more

Hong Kong authorises Sinovac Covid vaccine for children aged 3 to 17 | Hong Kong

Hong Kong has approved lowering the age limit for the Covid-19 vaccine from China’s Sinovac Biotech to three years old, down from 18 years of age.Sophia Chan, Hong Kong’s secretary for food and health, said in a statement published on Saturday: “Adolescents aged 12 to 17 will be accorded priority to receive the CoronaVac vaccine, … Read more

U.S. Plans to Spend Billions to Increase Covid Vaccine Supplies

U.S. Plans to Spend Billions to Increase Covid Vaccine Supplies

The White House, under pressure from activists to increase the supply of coronavirus vaccines to poor nations, is prepared to invest billions of dollars to expand U.S. manufacturing capacity, with the goal of producing at least one billion doses a year beginning in the second half of 2022, two top advisers to President Biden said … Read more

Police conduct random vaccine status checks

Police conduct random vaccine status checks

Police officers monitor compliance with the lockdown in Innsbruck during the first day of a nationwide lockdown for people not yet vaccinated against the Covid-19.Jan Hetfleisch | Getty ImagesAustria has imposed fresh lockdown measures on around 2 million unvaccinated people, with individuals facing fines if they fail to comply with the rules.Those who are not … Read more

Philippines approves emergency use of Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

Philippines approves emergency use of Novavax COVID-19 vaccine

A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” sticker and a medical syringe in front of displayed Novavax logo in this illustration taken, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo/File PhotoCovovax is 9th vaccine approved in PhilippinesNovavax applying for emergency use in Europe, CanadaMANILA, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The Philippines has approved … Read more

Court lottery gives Biden administration a chance to revive COVID vaccine mandate

Court lottery gives Biden administration a chance to revive COVID vaccine mandate

A man wears an anti-vaccine button as people and teachers protest against New York City mandated vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in front of the United States Court in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File PhotoNov 16 (Reuters) – Lawsuits filed around the country challenging the Biden … Read more

Germany could make COVID test or vaccine mandatory for public transport

Germany could make COVID test or vaccine mandatory for public transport

People queue outside a COVID-19 rapid test centre to get a day pass to visit shops and cultural institutions, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Weimar, Germany, March 29, 2021. REUTERS/Karina HesslandBERLIN, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Want to take the bus or train in Germany?You may soon have to provide a … Read more

Florida lawmakers’ special session aims to thwart Covid vaccine mandates | Ron DeSantis

Florida lawmakers will meet on Monday for a week-long special legislative session called by the Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, with the goal of thwarting coronavirus vaccine mandates imposed by businesses or government agencies.DeSantis recently announced he is running for re-election in 2022 but is seen by many as a potential presidential candidate in 2024 – … Read more

COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all adults is a ‘slippery slope,’ expert warns – National

COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all adults is a ‘slippery slope,’ expert warns - National

An infectious disease expert has voiced his disapproval of COVID-19 vaccine boosters becoming available for all adults in Canada. Dr. Neil Rau, who is also an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, said on The Roy Green Show on Sunday that Canada has to be “pragmatic” when it comes to how … Read more

Mr. T Tweets About The Covid-19 Vaccine Booster, Here’s The Reaction

Mr. T Tweets About The Covid-19 Vaccine Booster, Here’s The Reaction

Mr. T was trending on Twitter this weekend after tweeting that he’s gotten the Covid-19 vaccine … [+] booster and is maintaining face mask wearing and social distancing. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for USOC) Getty Images for USOC His name is Mr. T and not Dr. T. or T, M.D. So he didn’t offer … Read more

‘Detox’ routines won’t undo Covid vaccine, experts tell anti-vaxxers | US news

Medical experts are speaking out against Covid-19 vaccine “detoxes” that some inaccurately claim can remove the effects of vaccinations received under mandates and other public health rulings.In one TikTok video that has received hundreds of thousands of views, Carrie Madej, an osteopath based in Georgia, falsely claims a bath containing baking soda, epsom salts and … Read more

Pentagon says it will respond ‘appropriately’ to new directive from Oklahoma National Guard on vaccine mandate

Pentagon says it will respond 'appropriately' to new directive from Oklahoma National Guard on vaccine mandate

“We are aware of the memo issued by the Oklahoma Adjutant General regarding COVID vaccination for Guardsmen and the governor’s letter requesting exemption. We will respond to the governor appropriately,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement to CNN. “That said, Secretary (Lloyd) Austin believes that a vaccinated force is a more ready force. … Read more