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CDC expert panel punts on deciding fate of J&J COVID vaccine

CDC expert panel punts on deciding fate of J&J COVID vaccine

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Enlarge / Boxes of Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site in Florida. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories An advisory committee for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declined to vote on the fate of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, likely leaving in place a pause on the vaccine’s use…
The very common vaccine ingredient at the center of J&J, AstraZeneca drama

The very common vaccine ingredient at the center of J&J, AstraZeneca...

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Enlarge / Adenoviruses seen via transmission electron microscopy. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Out of an abundance of caution, US officials on Tuesday recommended pausing use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. Officials linked the vaccine to six peculiar illnesses in which people developed life-threatening blood clots in combination with low levels of blood platelets,…
J&J COVID vaccine use paused due to one-in-a-million complication

J&J COVID vaccine use paused due to one-in-a-million complication

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Enlarge / A nurse practitioner named Heidi Johnson administers a vaccine from Johnson & Johnson. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories On Tuesday morning, the US Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration issued a release acknowledging an extremely rare clotting disorder was associated with the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine.…
Florida sues USA, CDC to get people back on cruise ships

Florida sues USA, CDC to get people back on cruise ships

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Enlarge / Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the media about the cruise industry during a press conference at PortMiami on April 8, 2021 in Miami, Florida. The state of Florida has filed a lawsuit against the United States of America and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, claiming that the health agency’s guidance…
Variant hunters race to find new strains where variant testing lags

Variant hunters race to find new strains where variant testing lags

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In mid-February, three travelers were stopped at the airport in Luanda, Angola. Even during the pandemic, the country, a hub for the oil industry, had seen plenty of passengers from Europe and South Africa, where two concerning variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 hold sway. But the strains weren’t yet circulating widely in Angola,…
Russia cries “sabotage” after Slovakia questions quality of Sputnik vaccine

Russia cries “sabotage” after Slovakia questions quality of Sputnik vaccine

Enlarge / Former Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic wears a face mask as he gives a press statement at the International Airport in Kosice, Slovakia, on March 1, 2021, after an aircraft of the Slovak Army arrived from Moscow, carrying doses of the Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Russia has…
US COVID cases “disturbingly high” as Michigan sees dire spike

US COVID cases “disturbingly high” as Michigan sees dire spike

Enlarge / A sign requiring protective face masks in Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday, March 21, 2021. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Even as the pace of vaccination in the US nears a heartening 3 million per day, the country hovers on the brink of a fourth surge, with current cases lingering at a “disturbingly high…
Cruise industry salty over CDC plan to keep travelers safe from COVID at sea

Cruise industry salty over CDC plan to keep travelers safe from...

Enlarge / YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 10: A member of the media wears a face mask while walking past the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories The cruise industry is rather salty about the latest federal guidance for safe pandemic sailing, calling it “burdensome” and “unworkable. “ The new guidance is an…
Coronavirus variant that spreads easily doesn’t do so by surviving in air better

Coronavirus variant that spreads easily doesn’t do so by surviving in...

Enlarge / People practice social distancing in white circles in Domino Park in Williamsburg during the coronavirus pandemic on May 17, 2020, in New York City. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories The B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant is estimated to spread about 50 percent more than previous versions—but it doesn’t seem to manage that higher transmissibility by…
Real-world data shows vaccines kicking butt—including against scary variant

Real-world data shows vaccines kicking butt—including against scary variant

Enlarge / A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine inside the Viejas Arena on the campus of San Diego State University in San Diego, California, US on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories In a small trial, the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine fully protected people from symptomatic COVID-19 caused by…

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