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Trial started for vaccine against one of the scariest coronavirus variants

Trial started for vaccine against one of the scariest coronavirus variants

Enlarge / A vial of the current Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Researchers have given out the first jabs of a tweaked version of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, one aimed at fighting one of the most concerning coronavirus variants—the B.1.351 variant, first identified in South Africa. The jabs are part of an early…
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…
Authorities raise red flags about AstraZeneca’s vaccine press release [Updated]

Authorities raise red flags about AstraZeneca’s vaccine press release [Updated]

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Update 4 pm EDT: The board of experts monitoring the clinical trial of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine determined that the vaccine is actually between 69 percent and 74 percent effective at preventing symptomatic disease—not 79 percent effective, as AstraZeneca announced Monday. According to a report by The Washington Post, the trial’s Data and Safety Monitoring Board…
AstraZeneca vaccine: 79% effective and no rare blood clots in US trial

AstraZeneca vaccine: 79% effective and no rare blood clots in US...

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Enlarge / Vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine are seen during the opening of a vaccination center in Cyprus, on March 22, 2021. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Exceeding expectations, AstraZeneca’s two-dose COVID-19 vaccine appeared highly effective against symptomatic and severe disease in a new late-stage trial conducted partly in the US. The company said…
Under pressure, CDC drops school spacing to 3 ft in many classrooms

Under pressure, CDC drops school spacing to 3 ft in many...

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Enlarge / Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adjusts her protective mask during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Washington, DC. Susan Walsh/AP/Bloomberg via Getty Images Covid-19 Coverage View more stories With universal masking, just 3 feet of distancing is safe for students in…
Many Republicans are refusing COVID vaccines. Experts are trying to change that

Many Republicans are refusing COVID vaccines. Experts are trying to change...

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Enlarge / A Donald Trump supporter holds an false anti-vaccine sign while protesting in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories While the Biden administration anticipates having enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to vaccinate all adults by May 1, health experts and policy advisors are trying to figure out how to…
Tossing vaccine priority list, Biden tells states to open eligibility by May 1

Tossing vaccine priority list, Biden tells states to open eligibility by...

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Enlarge / US President Joe Biden speaks on the anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 11, 2021. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories On the first anniversary of the global COVID-19 pandemic, US President Joe Biden announced that he will direct…
Ebola outbreak erupts in Guinea as cases tick up in the DRC

Ebola outbreak erupts in Guinea as cases tick up in the...

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Enlarge / Health care workers wearing personal protective equipment stand in a tent with patient beds at an Ebola Treatment Center in Coyah, Guinea, on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Two unrelated Ebola outbreaks have erupted in two countries that have already faced some of the worst of the deadly viral disease. Health officials in Guinea…
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…
Media frenzy, skepticism engulf virus origin probe—and WHO is over it

Media frenzy, skepticism engulf virus origin probe—and WHO is over it

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Enlarge / World Health Organization (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme Director Michael Ryan talks during a daily press briefing on COVID-19 virus at the WHO headquaters in Geneva on March 11, 2020. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories An international team of scientific experts is on the ground in Wuhan, China, finally making progress in its long-sought…

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