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Pfizer says it is developing a Covid booster shot to target the highly transmissible delta variant

Pfizer says it is developing a Covid booster shot to target the highly transmissible delta variant

Key PointsIn this articlePfizer developing Covid-19 vaccine booster targeting Delta variant and announced Thursday they are developing a Covid-19 booster shot intended to target the delta variant as concerns rise about the highly transmissible strain that is already the dominant form of the disease in the United States.The companies said although they believe a third shot of their current two-dose vaccine has the potential to preserve the "highest levels" of protection against all currently known variants, including delta, they are "remaining vigilant" and developing an updated version of...

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WHO urges fully vaccinated people to continue to wear masks as delta Covid variant spreads

WHO urges fully vaccinated people to continue to wear masks as delta Covid variant spreads

Key PointsThe World Health Organization on Friday urged fully vaccinated people to continue to wear masks, social distance and practice other safety measures as the highly contagious delta variant spreads rapidly across the globe."People cannot feel safe just because they had the two doses. They still need to protect themselves," Dr. Mariangela Simao, WHO assistant director-general for access to medicines and health products, said during a news briefing from the agency's Geneva headquarters."Vaccine alone won't stop community transmission," Simao added. "People need to continue to use masks...

Jun 25
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Biden administration set to relax outdoor mask guidance

Biden administration set to relax outdoor mask guidance

Business News and FinanceVIEW IN APPA Facebook iconA Twitter iconA LinkedIn iconAn email iconKEY POINTS WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is slated to relax federal public health guidance on wearing masks outdoors as soon as this week, a source familiar with the plans told NBC News.The announcement, which may come as early as Tuesday, could give separate recommendations for fully vaccinated people and those who have not received a vaccine, added the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The administration is still finalizing the guidance, NBC reported.Over the weekend, White...

Apr 26
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FDA finds poor conditions at Baltimore plant that ruined millions of doses of J&J Covid vaccine

FDA finds poor conditions at Baltimore plant that ruined millions of doses of J&J Covid vaccine

Key PointsThe FDA found poor conditions at a Baltimore plant that ruined millions of J&J vaccine dosesThe Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday a Baltimore plant that ruined millions of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine doses was unsanitary and unsuitable to manufacture the shots.The FDA asked Emergent BioSolutions, which runs the plant, to temporarily stop producing materials for Covid-19 vaccines earlier this month as the U.S. agency initiated an inspection."The firm has failed to adequately train personnel involved in manufacturing operations, quality control sampling, weigh and...

Apr 21
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Pfizer CEO says third Covid vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

Pfizer CEO says third Covid vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

Key PointsIn this article CEO Albert Bourla said people will "likely" need a booster dose of a vaccine within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated. His comments were made public Thursday but were taped April 1.Bourla said it's possible people will need to get vaccinated against the coronavirus annually."A likely scenario is that there will be likely a need for a third dose, somewhere between six and 12 months and then from there, there will be an annual revaccination, but all of that needs to be confirmed. And again, the variants will play a key role," he told CNBC's Bertha Coombs during...

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WHO says Covid pandemic is growing 'exponentially' at more than 4.4 million new cases a week

WHO says Covid pandemic is growing 'exponentially' at more than 4.4 million new cases a week

Key PointsThe World Health Organization said Monday the trajectory of the is now "growing exponentially," with more than 4.4 million new Covid-19 cases reported over the last week.Maria Van Kerkhove, the agency's technical lead for Covid-19, said "we're in a critical point of the pandemic," as some countries ease restrictions even as new cases per week are more than eight times higher than a year ago."This is not the situation we want to be in 16 months into a pandemic where we have proven control measures. It is the time right now where everyone has to take stock and have a reality check...

Apr 12
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Covid variant from South Africa was able to ‘break through’ Pfizer vaccine in Israeli study

Covid variant from South Africa was able to ‘break through’ Pfizer vaccine in Israeli study

Business News and FinanceVIEW IN APPA Facebook iconA Twitter iconA LinkedIn iconAn email iconKEY POINTS In this articleThe coronavirus variant first discovered in South Africa is able to evade some of the protection of the - vaccine, , which has not yet been peer-reviewed.Researchers at Tel Aviv University and Clalit, the largest health-care organization in Israel, examined nearly 400 people who had tested positive for Covid-19 after receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. They compared them to the same number of people who were infected and unvaccinated.The researchers found the...

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One dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines was 80% effective in preventing Covid in CDC study of health workers

One dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines was 80% effective in preventing Covid in CDC study of health workers

Key PointsIn this articleScott Gottlieb: US has a chance to prevent a fourth waveA single dose of 's or 's vaccine was 80% effective in preventing coronavirus infections, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of vaccinated health-care workers.The effectiveness of partial immunization was seen two weeks after the first dose, according to the CDC, which looked at nearly 4,000 health-care personnel, first responders and front-line workers between Dec. 14 and March 13. The health-care personnel and other essential workers in the study, which was published Monday,...

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'I totally disagree with you,' Fauci tells GOP senator in fiery exchange over masks

'I totally disagree with you,' Fauci tells GOP senator in fiery exchange over masks

Dr. Fauci and Sen. Rand Paul get into fiery exchange over masksWhite House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci pushed back on Thursday against Republican Sen. Rand Paul's claim that people are not at risk of Covid after they have recovered or have been vaccinated.In a fiery exchange during a Senate hearing examining the nation's coronavirus response efforts, Paul told Fauci that Americans shouldn't have to wear masks after getting vaccinated because there is "virtually 0% chance" they are going to get Covid-19."Isn't it just theater?" the Kentucky junior senator, an ophthalmologist,...

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Covid is officially America's deadliest pandemic as U.S. fatalities surpass 1918 flu estimates

Covid is officially America's deadliest pandemic as U.S. fatalities surpass 1918 flu estimates

Key PointsCovid-19 is officially the most deadly outbreak in recent American history, surpassing the estimated U.S. fatalities from the 1918 influenza pandemic, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.Reported U.S. deaths due to Covid crossed 675,000 on Monday, and are rising at an average of more than 1,900 fatalities per day, Johns Hopkins data shows. The nation is currently experiencing yet another wave of new infections, fueled by the fast-spreading delta variant.The 1918 flu – which came in three waves, occurring in the spring of 1918, the fall of 1918; and the winter...

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