Coronavirus latest: Novavax seeks emergency use approval from WHO for its Covid vaccine

Coronavirus latest: Novavax seeks emergency use approval from WHO for its Covid vaccine

The UK’s economic recovery slowed at the end of the third quarter while price pressures intensified as companies passed on the rising costs of wages, transport and raw materials, a survey showed on Thursday.The flash, or interim, composite output index published by the research group IHS Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply … Read more

Romanian hospitals fill up with COVID patients amid widespread vaccine refusal

Romanian hospitals fill up with COVID patients amid widespread vaccine refusal

BUCHAREST, Sept 23 (Reuters) – After living through three waves of the COVID-19 pandemic without getting sick, 55-year-old Roxana Pascu thought that she was healthy enough to withstand the virus and decided to turn down the vaccine.Now Pascu, who runs a small business, is one of around 1,040 COVID-19 patients currently in intensive care across … Read more

Novavax applies to WHO for emergency listing of COVID-19 vaccine

Novavax applies to WHO for emergency listing of COVID-19 vaccine

A Novavax logo is reflected in a drop on a syringe needle in this illustration taken November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationSept 23 (Reuters) – Novavax Inc (NVAX.O) and its partner Serum Institute of India have applied to the World Health Organization for an emergency use listing of Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine, potentially clearing the way for … Read more

FDA Authorizes Booster Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Certain Populations

FDA Authorizes Booster Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Certain Populations

For Immediate Release: September 22, 2021 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series in: individuals 65 years of age and older; individuals … Read more

Clover says its COVID-19 vaccine candidate 67% effective in large trial

Clover says its COVID-19 vaccine candidate 67% effective in large trial

BEIJING, Sept 22 (Reuters) – A potential COVID-19 vaccine from China’s Clover Biopharmaceuticals was 67% effective against COVID-19 and 79% against the highly infectious Delta variant in a large, late-stage trial, the company said on Wednesday.The company has a deal to supply up to 414 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine through the global vaccine … Read more

U.S. parents weigh risks, benefits as COVID-19 vaccine for kids nears approval

U.S. parents weigh risks, benefits as COVID-19 vaccine for kids nears approval

A child wears a face mask on the first day of New York City schools, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. September 13, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermidSept 22 (Reuters) – In an ideal world, Leah Smithers said she could afford to wait for longer-term testing of the COVID-19 vaccines before getting … Read more

Fashion label Valentino makes $690 hoodie to support COVID-19 vaccine

Fashion label Valentino makes $690 hoodie to support COVID-19 vaccine

MILAN, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Luxury label Valentino is producing a limited-edition, $690-apiece “(V) Vaccinated” hoodie using its V signature logo in support of the vaccination campaign against COVID-19, with proceeds donated to UNICEF.The black sweaters, with the “vaccinated” writing in red on the chest, were first created by a small Los Angeles company called … Read more

Panama to give immunocompromised people third COVID-19 vaccine shot

Panama to give immunocompromised people third COVID-19 vaccine shot

A Panamanian health worker receives the second shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Santo Tomas Hospital, in Panama City, Panama February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Erick MarciscanoPANAMA CITY, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Panama will offer a third COVID-19 vaccine dose to moderate and severely immunocompromised people starting this week, Health Minister Luis Sucre said on … Read more

Bolsonaro’s Rejection of Covid Vaccine Creates Awkwardness in N.Y.

Bolsonaro's Rejection of Covid Vaccine Creates Awkwardness in N.Y.

President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil kicked off the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday by defending the use of ineffective drugs to treat the coronavirus and by pushing back on criticism of his government’s environmental record. Brazil’s far-right president said doctors should have had more leeway in administering untested medications for Covid-19, adding that he … Read more

A Covid-19 vaccine for younger children could be available by Halloween — here are 4 steps that have to happen first

A Covid-19 vaccine for younger children could be available by Halloween -- here are 4 steps that have to happen first

Many parents now are waiting for the time when their young children can sign up to receive a Covid-19 vaccine. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told MSNBC on Monday there’s a “reasonably good chance” the shot will be available by the end of October.”I think there’s a … Read more

Rural schools close as Alberta’s COVID 19 vaccine passport system launches

Rural schools close as Alberta’s COVID 19 vaccine passport system launches

Two schools in rural Alberta closed their classrooms Monday over the number of students not attending because of COVID-19 infections as Edmonton police introduced tough new vaccine requirements on the first day of the province’s new proof-of-vaccination program. The Big Valley and Donalda schools, both in central Alberta’s Clearview Public School Division, announced that … Read more

Vaccine gap stokes super spreader fears ahead of UN’s first post-Covid meeting

Vaccine gap stokes super spreader fears ahead of UN's first post-Covid meeting

Scores of presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers are set to ignore an American suggestion to stay home and address the UN General Assembly virtually and will converge on New York City in person this week.The possibility that the visiting delegations might themselves pose a health threat will be an important reminder that while nations … Read more

Gordon Brown calls for urgent action to avert ‘Covid vaccine waste disaster’ | Coronavirus

More than 100m Covid vaccine doses are due to expire and be “thrown away” unless global leaders urgently share surplus supplies with the world’s poorest countries, Gordon Brown has warned.The “staggering” number of stockpiled “use now” jabs will be of no use to anyone by December, according to a new report from the research group … Read more

Vaccine inequity mars global Covid-19 vaccination drive

NEW DELHI: At a time when the United States has approved Covid-19 booster shots, just 3.5 per cent of Africans are vaccinated, The Hindu reported on Sunday. Quoting World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Indian newspaper underlined Covid-19 vaccine inequity across the world. On Sept 14, Ghebreyesus revealed that “less than 3.5 … Read more

Scottish Covid vaccine trialists ‘treated like second-class citizens’ | Scotland

Scottish vaccine volunteers are being treated like “second-class citizens” while waiting for the Novavax jab to be approved, an MSP has said, as they continue a months-long fightto have their vaccines recognised on the standard NHS Scotland database.The trialists are worried that the introduction of vaccine passports north of the border next month could put … Read more

Indiana University Health workers refuse Covid-19 vaccine, lose jobs

Indiana University Health workers refuse Covid-19 vaccine, lose jobs

“Indiana University Health has put the safety and well-being of patients and team members first by requiring employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 1,” said Berkley Rios, an Indiana University Health spokeswoman. “After a two-week unpaid suspension period ending Sept. 14, a total of 125 employees, the equivalent of 61 full time … Read more

Covid in Senegal: Vaccine Demand Grows but Supply Is Short

Covid in Senegal: Vaccine Demand Grows but Supply Is Short

But nurses like Ms. Sy have had to turn many others away.When Covid vaccines were first available, she said, many older people had shown up, but young people had been more hesitant, both to get vaccinated or, if they were sick, to get tested.“For some people, until they experience it, or witness it, they will … Read more

COVID updates: National Cabinet agrees to include vaccine status in check-in apps

COVID updates: National Cabinet agrees to include vaccine status in check-in apps

Analysis shows Australia has second-lowest cumulative rate of COVID deaths out of OECD nationsReporting by Stephanie DalzellFederal government analysis shows Australia has the second-lowest cumulative rate of COVID-19 deaths compared to other developed nations.The data looked at the 38 countries in the OECD.It shows Australia had just 0.75 deaths per 100,00 people between January and … Read more

Alberta adds COVID-19 measures, vaccine passport in effort to prevent health-care system’s collapse

Alberta adds COVID-19 measures, vaccine passport in effort to prevent health-care system’s collapse

EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this article said Wednesday marked the second time Alberta has declared a state of public health emergency amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It actually marked the third time such a declaration has been made. The line has been removed and we regret the error. The Alberta government introduced … Read more

Manitoba offers 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine to immunocompromised people

Manitoba offers 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine to immunocompromised people

Manitoba will begin offering third doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines to immunocompromised people and to individuals who may choose to receive a third dose for travel purposes. Dr. Joss Reimer, medical lead of the province’s vaccine implementation task force, made the announcement on Wednesday. “For those who are immunocompromised, two doses of the vaccine may not … Read more

Covid kills a 9/11’s worth of Americans every three days. The vaccine mandate shouldn’t be controversial | Jill Filipovic

The Biden administration’s decision to require vaccinations for large segments of the workforce has been predictably controversial among Trump loyalists, vaccine deniers and rightwing media.It’s also the strongest moment of Joe Biden’s presidency.Leadership and strength are defined by moments like this one: a leader doing the right and necessary thing even when they know they … Read more

EU to donate another 200 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses

EU to donate another 200 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech during a debate on “The State of the European Union” at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, September 15, 2021. REUTERS/Yves HermanSTRASBOURG, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The European Union will donate a further 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to poorer countries and close gaps in … Read more

Obstetrician Gauthami Bhagwanani calls on pregnant women to get COVID-19 vaccine

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An obstetrician working in one Sydney’s COVID-19 hotspots has called on pregnant women to get vaccinated, saying it’s “heartbreaking” delivering babies pre-term and separating newborns from mothers because of the virus.Gauthami Bhagwanani is the birthing unit director at Liverpool Hospital and appeared alongside Gladys Berejiklian at the Premier’s COVID media briefing to describe what she had seen first … Read more

Emergent to make Providence Therapeutics potential COVID-19 vaccine

Emergent to make Providence Therapeutics potential COVID-19 vaccine

A woman holds a test tube in front of displayed Emergent logo in this illustration taken, May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationSept 14 (Reuters) – Emergent BioSolutions Inc (EBS.N) signed a five-year agreement with Canadian biotechnology company Providence Therapeutics to develop and manufacture its COVID-19 vaccine candidate for about $90 million.Emergent will produce drug substances for … Read more

How will the Covid vaccine rollout to 12-to-15-year-olds in UK work? | Coronavirus

After months of uncertainty, the UK’s four chief medical officers have said that Covid-19 vaccinations can be offered to all 12-to-15-year-olds. How was the decision made, how will the vaccines be rolled out, and what difference will they make?What were the UK’s chief medical officers asked?Ministers asked the CMOs for advice on whether to offer … Read more

After long delay, Congo’s Tshisekedi receives COVID-19 vaccine

After long delay, Congo's Tshisekedi receives COVID-19 vaccine

Felix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo addresses a press conference after the G20 Compact with Africa conference at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany August 27, 2021. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoKINSHASA, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi has received his first dose of the Moderna (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine, the … Read more

UK cancels Covid vaccine deal with French firm Valneva | Coronavirus

The UK government is to pull out of a deal with the French pharmaceutical company Valneva to purchase its Covid-19 vaccination, the company has said.The move will come as a blow to the vaccine manufacturing site in Livingston, West Scotland, which was visited by the prime minister, Boris Johnson, in January.About 100m doses of the … Read more

Covid-19 vaccine Australia rollout tracker by state: total number of people and per cent vaccinated, daily vaccine doses and rate of progress | Australia news

Australia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout began in late February. Here we bring together the latest figures to track the progress of the rollout and Covid vaccination schedule. The data shows the total doses given in Australia, people vaccinated in Australian states and the percentage of the population who have received one dose or are double dose … Read more

Republican backlash against Biden’s Covid vaccine mandate grows | Republicans

The political sparring match over Joe Biden’s new vaccine mandate continued on Sunday with one Republican governor blasting the measure as “counterproductive” and the White House insisting it was necessary to end the coronavirus pandemic.Asa Hutchinson, the governor of Arkansas, added to the growing Republican backlash on NBC’s Meet the Press, telling host Chuck Todd … Read more

Plans for Covid vaccine passports in England ditched, Javid confirms | Coronavirus

Plans to make vaccine passports mandatory across England in nightclubs and other crowded spaces later this month have been dropped, the health secretary has announced.In a major climbdown by the government, Sajid Javid said he “never liked the idea” but that it was “right to properly look at it, to look at the evidence”.Ahead of … Read more

Australia buys additional 1 mln doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

Australia buys additional 1 mln doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine

A lone passenger sits at a tram stop on a mostly-empty city centre street on the first day of a lockdown as the state of Victoria looks to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra SandersCANBERRA, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Australia has purchased an additional 1 … Read more

Covid Vaccine Resisters Seek Religious Exemptions. But What Counts?

Covid Vaccine Resisters Seek Religious Exemptions. But What Counts?

For many skeptics, resistance tends to be based not on formal teachings from an established faith leader, but an ad hoc blend of online conspiracies and misinformation, conservative media and conversations with like-minded friends and family members.“People who have already made up their minds are now looking for ways to continue to exempt themselves from … Read more

Seed to Table owner weighs in after Biden announces new COVID vaccine requirement

Seed to Table owner weighs in after Biden announces new COVID vaccine requirement

COLLIER COUNTY On WINK News on Thursday, we told you that President Biden announced there will be new federal vaccine requirements that could impact about 100 million Americans. In the time since, the Republican National Committee (RNC) vowed it will sue the federal government. A number of businesses, including some in Southwest Florida, … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 24 new cases, province’s vaccine stockpile complete

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 24 new cases, province's vaccine stockpile complete

New Brunswick confirmed 24 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and nine recoveries.  Public Health said in a news release that 92 per cent of the new cases are people who are not fully vaccinated.  Six people are in hospital, including three in intensive care.  The province now has 136 active cases of the respiratory disease.  … Read more

Sask. requires COVID-19 positive people to isolate, does not implement masking or vaccine mandates

Sask. requires COVID-19 positive people to isolate, does not implement masking or vaccine mandates

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe announced Friday that the province will again require COVID-19 positive people and close contacts who are not vaccinated to self-isolate for 10 days. Moe announced a series of responses to stresses the health care-system is experiencing. “This fourth wave is concerning for all of us,” Moe said. “The evidence is overwhelming. … Read more

Scientists’ egos are key barrier to progress, says Covid vaccine pioneer | Coronavirus

Scientists would make swifter progress in solving the world’s problems if they learned to put their egos aside and collaborate better, according to the leading researcher behind the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid vaccine.Prof Katalin Karikó, the senior vice-president for RNA protein replacement therapies at BioNTech in Germany, endured decades of scepticism over her work and was demoted … Read more

Moderna working on combination COVID-19 vaccine booster and flu shot

Moderna working on combination COVID-19 vaccine booster and flu shot

Sept 9 (Reuters) – Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) said on Thursday it is developing a single vaccine that combines a booster dose against COVID-19 with its experimental flu shot.The company hopes to eventually add vaccines it is working on for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other respiratory diseases as an annual shot.”We believe this is a … Read more

Sinovac to trial COVID-19 vaccine in South African children in global study

Sinovac to trial COVID-19 vaccine in South African children in global study

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 9 (Reuters) – China’s Sinovac Biotech (SVA.O) will trial its COVID-19 vaccine in children and adolescents in South Africa as part of a global Phase III study, Sinovac and local partner Numolux Group said on Thursday.The study will evaluate the efficacy, immunogenicity and safety of the CoronaVac vaccine on children and adolescents aged … Read more

NSW Supreme Court hears mandatory COVID-19 vaccine challenges

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More than 50,000 people have watched a Sydney court’s live stream of cases challenging the legality of mandated COVID vaccinations for NSW workers. Key points:The NSW Supreme Court will hear four cases connected to the COVID-19 vaccine mandateOne case alleges Brad Hazzard breached the right to privacyMore than 50,000 people have viewed the court livestream on … Read more

On Preliminary Findings of mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnant Persons

On Preliminary Findings of mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnant Persons

To the Editor Shimabukuro et al. (June 17 issue)1 reported preliminary data on the safety of messenger RNA (mRNA) Covid-19 vaccines in pregnancy from the v-safe surveillance system and pregnancy registry. They reported that among 827 participants with a completed pregnancy, the pregnancy resulted in spontaneous abortion by week 20 in 104 (12.6%), and the … Read more

Covid-19 Vaccine Effectiveness and the Test-Negative Design

Covid-19 Vaccine Effectiveness and the Test-Negative Design

Observational studies are emerging as fundamental sources of information about vaccine effectiveness outside the controlled environment of randomized trials, and they are being used to generate evidence of effectiveness against outcomes that are underpowered in trials, such as hospitalization or intensive care unit (ICU) admission, or for narrow subgroups.1 These studies can monitor the waning … Read more

Multiple sclerosis and the COVID-19 vaccine: Safety and more

Multiple sclerosis and the COVID-19 vaccine: Safety and more

COVID-19 vaccines are safe for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). But some MS medications could reduce the ability of the vaccines to protect against COVID-19. Still, experts conclude that the benefits of vaccination outweigh any risks.Anyone with concerns about the safety of a COVID-19 vaccine should speak with a healthcare professional. Having a lowers the … Read more

Novavax begins early-stage trial for combined influenza/COVID-19 vaccine

Novavax begins early-stage trial for combined influenza/COVID-19 vaccine

Vials labelled “COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine” and sryinge are seen in front of displayed Novavax logo in this illustration taken, February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File PhotoSept 8 (Reuters) – Vaccine developer Novavax Inc (NVAX.O) said on Wednesday it has initiated an early-stage study to test its combined flu and COVID-19 vaccine.The trial, to be conducted in … Read more

Health Minister first met with Pfizer for COVID-19 vaccine after other countries had already made deals

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The Health Minister’s office didn’t meet Pfizer executives to negotiate a vaccine purchase until a fortnight after the USA and UK had already signed supply deals for COVID-19 vaccines, despite the pharmaceutical giant repeatedly advising the federal government to show urgency.Key points:The Health Minister’s office first met with Pfizer weeks after the US and UK signed … Read more