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Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine looks good in early analysis

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine looks good in early analysis

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Enlarge / Picture of vials of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, seen at the Cotahuma Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Yesterday, the people behind Russia's leading vaccine, termed Sputnik V, issued a preliminary analysis of its function. The news was quite good: while the trial…
New COVID cases dropping, but worrying signs on the horizon

New COVID cases dropping, but worrying signs on the horizon

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Enlarge / Aerial view showing a tractor digging graves in a new area of the Nossa Senhora Aparecida, where COVID-19 victims are buried, in Manaus, Brazil. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories While attention has been focused on the worrying new variants of SARS-CoV-2, there has been some good news: despite the evolution of a number…
How to Know If Your Kid’s School Is ‘Safe’

How to Know If Your Kid’s School Is ‘Safe’

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Photo: Anastassiya Bezhekeneva (Shutterstock)We’ve spent the better part of the past year grappling with what is and what isn’t safe. It’s almost as if the word has no meaning anymore, because nothing short of “no one in your family ever goes anywhere or sees anyone” is completely safe during a pandemic. But while we may…
The persistence of memory in B cells: Hints of stability in COVID immunity

The persistence of memory in B cells: Hints of stability in...

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Enlarge / The immune response involves a lot of moving parts. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories There's still a lot of uncertainty about how exactly the immune system responds to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. But what's become clear is that re-infections are still very rare, despite an ever-growing population of people who were exposed in the…
The immune system and COVID: It’s still confusing

The immune system and COVID: It’s still confusing

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Enlarge / SOUTH TANGERANG, INDONESIA - JANUARY 7, 2021: A patient recovered from COVID-19 donates plasma at Indonesia Red Cross Transfusion Center. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Vaccine trials have made clear that the immune system can mount a robust response to SARS-CoV-2. Beyond that, though, there are a lot of question marks. People exposed…
New virus variant found in Colorado while UK struggles to limit it

New virus variant found in Colorado while UK struggles to limit...

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Enlarge / UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses for a photograph with a vial of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University COVID-19 candidate vaccine. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories This week, the UK released more data on the newly evolved strain of SARS-CoV-2, providing further evidence that it spreads more readily than previously circulating strains of the virus.…
What we know about the new SARS strain that’s shutting down the UK

What we know about the new SARS strain that’s shutting down...

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Covid-19 Coverage View more stories A variant of the pandemic coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, is now dominating headlines and inspiring precautionary travel bans worldwide. But scientists are still trying to get a grip on what the variant can actually do differently and what it might mean for the nearly year-old pandemic. Researchers in the United Kingdom—where the…
Second COVID vaccine approved for use in the US

Second COVID vaccine approved for use in the US

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Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Late Friday, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization to a COVID-19 vaccine from a company called Moderna. The move follows an enthusiastic endorsement of the vaccine following an evaluation of clinical trial data by the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. Moderna already has millions…
Stanford hospital erupts in protest after vaccine plan leaves out residents [Updated]

Stanford hospital erupts in protest after vaccine plan leaves out residents...

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Enlarge / Protests by medical staff took place both inside and out of the hospital.Ars Technica Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Update, 10:00pm EST:  Stanford Medicine shared the following statement with Ars:  "We take complete responsibility for the errors in the execution of our vaccine distribution plan. Our intent was to develop an ethical and…
As expected, FDA authorizes use of the Moderna COVID vaccine

As expected, FDA authorizes use of the Moderna COVID vaccine

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Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Late Friday, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization to a COVID-19 vaccine from a company called Moderna. The move follows an enthusiastic endorsement of the vaccine following an evaluation of clinical trial data by the FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. Moderna already has millions…

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