The FDA Looks at Boosters, States Dispute Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

The FDA Looks at Boosters, States Dispute Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

Soon after the White House announced a sweeping new array of Covid-19 policies last week, vaccine mandates chief among them, some states began speaking out in opposition to the national directives.

Sweeping New Mandates, Vaccine Options Underway, and More Coronavirus News

Sweeping New Mandates, Vaccine Options Underway, and More Coronavirus News

Biden announces additional mandates, researchers probe new shots and treatments, and global vaccine distribution falters.During the pandemic, the pressure of caring for people sick with Covid has undermined years of progress in preventing these kinds of infections.

Misinformation Protests, Pediatric Cases, and More Coronavirus News

Misinformation Protests, Pediatric Cases, and More Coronavirus News

And the US Department of Education is investigating five states over concerns that their mask mandate bans could be discriminatory against students with disabilities and health conditions that make them more vulnerable to Covid-19.As pediatric cases rise, some parents, physicians, and scientists have been debating the ethics of vaccinating kids by prescribing shots “off-label,” or offering a drug for a reason or to a group not studied during the approval process.

Are Off-Label Prescriptions a Backdoor to Giving Kids Covid Vaccines?

Are Off-Label Prescriptions a Backdoor to Giving Kids Covid Vaccines?

I support off-label use in children under 12,” a pediatric infectious disease specialist in Minnesota posted on Twitter, while one in Indiana countered: “I'm eager for kids (under) 12 to get a Covid-19 vaccine, but feel we must have the Phase III data and an FDA EUA or approval first.”.

New Vaccine Decisions, an Influx of Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

New Vaccine Decisions, an Influx of Mandates, and More Coronavirus News

More institutions and companies are now mandating vaccinations , particularly since the FDA granted Pfizer and BioNTech’s shot full approval.Pfizer and BioNTech have struck a new deal with Eurofarma, a Brazilian pharmaceutical company, to make doses of their Covid-19 vaccine in and for Latin America.

Pausing the J&J Vaccine Was Easy. Unpausing Will Be Hard

Pausing the J&J Vaccine Was Easy. Unpausing Will Be Hard

Despite the hastily called press conference on Tuesday, the late-night meetings, and the growing worry over a potentially fatal side effect, the decision to pause the use of one of the three Covid-19 vaccines available in the United States was a relatively easy one.

Tracking Variants, New Hot Spots, and More Coronavirus News

Tracking Variants, New Hot Spots, and More Coronavirus News

Researchers trace new variants in Africa, cases surge in India, and US vaccine rollout progresses even with snags.Scientists in Africa race to find new variants in areas where testing lags.

Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Are Coming. What Will That Mean?

Covid-19 Vaccine Passports Are Coming. What Will That Mean?

What is being discussed is more like the World Health Organization’s “yellow card.” That document’s actual name is the International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis, a form that was created in the 1930s to indicate that travelers have received certain vaccines but that isn’t certified by individual governments.

A New Vaccination Goal, a Hasty Return to ‘Normal,’ and More Coronavirus News

A New Vaccination Goal, a Hasty Return to ‘Normal,’ and More Coronavirus News

President Biden sets a new vaccination goal, Europe curbs its vaccine exports, and experts caution against a hasty return to “normal.” Here’s what you should know: Want to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news?

The Dark Web Is Teeming With Vaccine Listings Right Now

The Dark Web Is Teeming With Vaccine Listings Right Now

Last week, Check Point researchers based in Israel attempted to buy the Sinopharm vaccine from one vendor, said Ekram Ahmed, a spokesperson for the company.Dark web vendors are probably doing better business selling falsified vaccine cards and negative test results.

How to Find a Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment in Your Area

How to Find a Covid-19 Vaccine Appointment in Your Area

It will send you phone notifications to fill out an easy survey in the days andweeks after getting your vaccine, asking about any symptoms you've experienced and notifying you when you should get your second dose.Check if your local or state health department offer a standby list for extra vaccinations.

Anthony Fauci Pleads: Don’t Declare Victory

Anthony Fauci Pleads: Don’t Declare Victory

The easiest way to prevent the spread in the community is to vaccinate as many people as possible at the same time that you stick to the public health measures of wearing masks, of avoiding close contact, of avoiding congregate settings.

Storm Delays for Vaccines, Expanded Virus Sequencing, and More Coronavirus News

Storm Delays for Vaccines, Expanded Virus Sequencing, and More Coronavirus News

This week, harsh winter weather swept the country and caused a huge number of problems, including delaying the shipments of hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses across the country.

A New Vaccine, Protection Against Strains, and More Coronavirus News

A New Vaccine, Protection Against Strains, and More Coronavirus News

Oxford releases new data on vaccine efficacy against UK strain, Johnson & Johnson seeks FDA approval, and the US Senate passes a key resolution for coronavirus aid.The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine protects against the UK variant, while the FDA drafts new plans for dealing with mutations.

The Ethics of Vaccinating Teachers—and Keeping Schools Closed

The Ethics of Vaccinating Teachers—and Keeping Schools Closed

Scott DiMauro, the president of Ohio’s largest teachers’ union, said even a widely distributed vaccine is “not a panacea,” noting that CDC distancing guidelines, which compel low-density classes and hybrid schedules, should continue through the end of the school year regardless of teacher vaccinations.

They Claimed the Covid Vaccine Made Them Sick—and Went Viral

They Claimed the Covid Vaccine Made Them Sick—and Went Viral

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.The videos all made the same claims: both Skelton and Desselle had been vaccinated for Covid-19 shortly before developing their tremors, and the vaccine, they alleged, was to blame.

Biden Gets to Work, Vaccine Guidelines Change, and More Coronavirus News

Biden Gets to Work, Vaccine Guidelines Change, and More Coronavirus News

Biden gets to work on the pandemic, the CDC adjusts vaccine guidelines, and death tolls rise worldwide.CDC data suggests the country has already reached a pace of approximately one million vaccines administered per day several times in the last few weeks, but it also indicates that states and cities are administering fewer than half of the doses that they’ve received.

Let Fire Stations and EMS Crews Administer Covid Vaccines

Let Fire Stations and EMS Crews Administer Covid Vaccines

However, unlike pharmacies, fire/EMS are already coordinated with one another and already have lines of communication with public health authorities, and could be stood up more swiftly.Education of the public about the process and their interaction with it should be managed collaboratively by federal, state, and local authorities.

The US Government Needs to Invest in Digital Design

The US Government Needs to Invest in Digital Design

The site and corresponding iOS and Android apps would seamlessly integrate the latest Covid data and content from multiple federal agencies, hospitals nationwide, and private sector companies.

Overcoming Vaccine Skepticism Starts in the Community

Overcoming Vaccine Skepticism Starts in the Community

Ethnic minorities were ten times less likely than the general population to participate in the vaccine trial: They comprise 36 percent of the population, but only 3 percent of trial participants.

A Possible Covid Vaccine Means It's Time to Fix Cold Chains

A Possible Covid Vaccine Means It's Time to Fix Cold Chains

But turn the challenges on their head and, given that most of the technologies deployed today will still be in operation for years to come, the Covid-19 global immunization effort could offer us a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to create sustainable and resilient health cold-chain systems, including for ultra-low temperatures.

The Latest Covid Vaccine Results, Deciphered

The Latest Covid Vaccine Results, Deciphered

Long before any results came in, the protocol for this trial calculated what sort of data—including how many people ended up getting sick—would need to be tallied in order to know that the vaccine had cleared the minimum requirement of 50-percent effectiveness set by the Food and Drug Administration.

Everything You Need to Know About the Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine

Everything You Need to Know About the Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine

At this stage, the study can’t tell us whether people who have the vaccine are protected against contracting Covid-19, but it does tell us that the vaccine is safe to use, and that it provokes an immune response .So We Haven’t Actually Solved the Vaccine Problem Yet. Not yet, no.

The Tricky Math of Herd Immunity for Covid-19

The Tricky Math of Herd Immunity for Covid-19

This means that the herd immunity threshold will also be higher than 60 percent in some places and lower in others.“I think the range of R0 consistent with data for Covid-19 is larger than most people give credit to,” said Marc Lipsitch of Harvard University, who has been advising health officials in Massachusetts and abroad.

The Promise of Antibody Treatments for Covid-19

The Promise of Antibody Treatments for Covid-19

Along with a wide mix of research teams in laboratories across the world, Glanville is pursuing antibody treatments as a complementary tool to fight Covid-19.Right now, the blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients can be transfused into people who are currently fighting the disease, as a way to introduce effective antibodies into their systems.

The War on Polio Just Entered Its Most Dangerous Phase

The War on Polio Just Entered Its Most Dangerous Phase

In other words, there now exist more cases of polio paralysis caused by vaccines than there are cases caused by the original wild virus.

Fear, Misinformation, and Measles Spread in Brooklyn

Fear, Misinformation, and Measles Spread in Brooklyn

“If your child just got a vaccine and now he doesn’t speak anymore, your doctor’s not going to answer that.” Since some Hasidic sects frown on internet use, ultra-­Orthodox women often receive community news, inspirational talks, and other information by way of the phone.

Measles Had Been Eliminated. Now It’s Nearly a Daily Threat

Measles Had Been Eliminated. Now It’s Nearly a Daily Threat

“The ongoing outbreaks in close-knit communities and increased global measles activity is putting the US at risk for losing its elimination status.”. Losing elimination status not only puts the US at risk for other infectious diseases, it jeopardizes the country’s role as a global leader in public health.

A Dying Scientist's Rogue Vaccine Trial

A Dying Scientist's Rogue Vaccine Trial

Halford confided to Fernandez that he’d secretly tested the vaccine in humans and that a participant named Carolyn had not experienced herpes outbreaks since the injections and had even stopped taking antiviral medications.

Meet the Pro-Vaxxers Helping to Stave Off the Next Pandemic

Meet the Pro-Vaxxers Helping to Stave Off the Next Pandemic

Haller believes in vaccines, which is why he volunteered to test three different influenza vaccines that weren’t yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration—including against H7N9, a strain of influenza seen as a plausible source of the next pandemic.“I know how much misery they prevent in the world,” says Haller, an associate professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.