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Teens fully protected by Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, company says

Teens fully protected by Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, company says

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Enlarge / Jonathan, a 16-year-old teenager, receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at Clalit Health Services, in Israel's Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv on January 23, 2021. Adolescents ages 12 to 15 were completely protected from symptomatic COVID-19 after being vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccine in a small Phase III…
B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant is picking up a worrisome new mutation

B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant is picking up a worrisome new mutation

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Covid-19 Coverage View more stories As the world races to get vaccines into arms, one of the most concerning coronavirus variants appears to be getting a little more concerning. Researchers in the UK have detected at least 15 cases of B.1.1.7 variants carrying an additional mutation: E484K, a mutation already seen in other concerning variants and…
National Institutes of Health disses FDA on plasma as COVID treatment

National Institutes of Health disses FDA on plasma as COVID treatment

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Enlarge / Francis Collins, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, reportedly objected to the FDA's decision to grant an Emergency Use Authorization to plasma treatments. Last week, the FDA announced that it was issuing an emergency use authorization for the treatment of COVID-19: the blood plasma of people who have recovered from a…
Another COVID-19 reinfection: This time second infection was more severe

Another COVID-19 reinfection: This time second infection was more severe

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Enlarge / A nurse practitioner administers COVID-19 tests in the parking lot at Brockton High School in Brockton, MA under a tent during the coronavirus pandemic on Aug. 13, 2020. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories A 25-year-old resident of Reno, Nevada was infected with the pandemic coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, two times, about 48-days apart, with the…
FDA’s promotion of post-COVID plasma treatment was as bad as it appeared

FDA’s promotion of post-COVID plasma treatment was as bad as it...

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Enlarge / FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, speaking at the press conference in which he badly mangled statistics. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories After several days of rumors with ever-growing hype, the Trump administration announced on Sunday that the Food and Drug Administration was granting an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 treatment. The move…
Healthy 33-yr-old man first to have confirmed reinfection with SARS-CoV-2

Healthy 33-yr-old man first to have confirmed reinfection with SARS-CoV-2

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Enlarge / Medical staff wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus approach Lei Muk Shue care home in Hong Kong on August 23, 2020. A healthy, 33-year-old man in Hong Kong is now the first person in the world confirmed to have been reinfected by the pandemic coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2—which…
Trump announces a COVID-19 Emergency Use Authorization for blood plasma

Trump announces a COVID-19 Emergency Use Authorization for blood plasma

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Enlarge / Donald Trump gestures to Stephen Hahn, head of the FDA, at an earlier press conference. Today, President Trump held a news conference to announce that the FDA has granted an Emergency Use Authorization for the treatment of COVID-19 cases using blood plasma from those formerly infected. The move comes despite significant uncertainty regarding…
Hint of COVID-19 immunity: 3 sailors with antibodies spared in outbreak at sea

Hint of COVID-19 immunity: 3 sailors with antibodies spared in outbreak...

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Enlarge / Fishing vessels in Seattle. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Hints of protective immunity against the pandemic coronavirus have surfaced in the wake of a recent COVID-19 outbreak that flooded the crew of a fishing vessel. The coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, infected 104 of the 122 people on board, about 85 percent, during a short voyage.…
Harvested Antibodies Now Being Tested As A Prevention Tool Against COVID-19

Harvested Antibodies Now Being Tested As A Prevention Tool Against COVID-19

Blood plasma — the yellowish, cell-free portion that remains after red and white blood cells and have been filtered out by a machine and returned to the plasma donor — is rich with antibodies. Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients might prove useful in preventing infection as well as in treatment, scientists say. Lindsey Wasson/Reuters hide…
CDC finds lots of undetected coronavirus cases in the US

CDC finds lots of undetected coronavirus cases in the US

Enlarge / A nurse at the Miami Beach Convention Center Community Based Testing Site conducts a COVID-19 antibody test. The Florida Guard is providing support at the Miami Beach hybrid CBTS and Hard Rock Stadium CBTS to allow the state and local partners to conduct antibody testing for first responders at both facilities. (US Army…

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