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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…
“Are schools safe?” is the wrong question to be asking

“Are schools safe?” is the wrong question to be asking

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Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Is it safe to open schools? From the moment it became clear that the COVID-19 pandemic had set up shop in the US, answers to that question have been scrutinized, analyzed, and even politicized. Lost in all of this is the realization that it's a terrible question—because there's no single…
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…
The moments we realized the pandemic would change everything

The moments we realized the pandemic would change everything

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Aurich Lawson / Getty Images Covid-19 Coverage View more stories We're roughly at the one-year point of the global COVID-2 pandemic—Ars' initial explainer on the virus first published on March 8, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11, and the US declared a national emergency on March 13. As we all grapple…
Under intense pressure, WHO skips summary report on coronavirus origin

Under intense pressure, WHO skips summary report on coronavirus origin

Enlarge / Liang Wannian (2nd L) and Peter Ben Embarek (3rd R) both members of the WHO-China joint study team, shake hands after the WHO-China joint study press conference in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, on Feb. 9, 2021. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Facing intense international pressure and criticism, the World Health Organization has…
FDA authorizes J&J COVID vaccine after unanimous vote [Updated]

FDA authorizes J&J COVID vaccine after unanimous vote [Updated]

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Enlarge / A sign at the Johnson & Johnson campus on August 26, 2019 in Irvine, California. Update, 2/27/2021 7:20pm EST: The US Food and Drug Administration on Saturday evening granted emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is the third authorized in the US and the first to require only…
FDA panel votes unanimously in favor of authorizing J&J vaccine

FDA panel votes unanimously in favor of authorizing J&J vaccine

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Enlarge / A sign at the Johnson & Johnson campus on August 26, 2019 in Irvine, California. After a day-long meeting Friday, an advisory panel for the US Food and Drug Administration voted 22 to 0 to recommend issuing an Emergency Use Authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot, refrigerator-stable COVID-19 vaccine. If the FDA accepts…
A 3rd shot? A new booster? Vaccine makers race to trials to beat variants

A 3rd shot? A new booster? Vaccine makers race to trials...

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Enlarge / COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Madrid on Feb. 26, 2021. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories With worrisome coronavirus variants seemingly emerging and spreading everywhere, lead vaccine makers are wasting no time in trying to get ahead of the growing threat. This week, Moderna and partners Pfizer and BioNTech announced they have…
Garden-variety germs may explode in COVID’s wake, study suggests

Garden-variety germs may explode in COVID’s wake, study suggests

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Enlarge / Young children go back to kindergarten following COVID-19 lockdown. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories In our cushy COVID bubbles, our immune systems may be getting soft. Physical distancing, lockdowns, masking, and spirited sanitizing all mean we are coming into contact with fewer garden-variety germs than normal. This year’s flu season was basically cancelled.…
CDC releases updated “science based” school guidelines

CDC releases updated “science based” school guidelines

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Enlarge / Rochelle Walensky during the announcement of her nomination to head the CDC. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories As the US approached the start of the school year in 2020, the guidance it received from the federal government was a mess. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a series of documents in late…

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