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Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shows reduced neutralization potential against SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 spike variant

Researchers in the UK have conducted a study assessing the efficacy of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine BNT162b2 against the new variant of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – the agent that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
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Vaccines may not work as well against the coronavirus variant detected in South Africa, research shows. People may also face a risk of reinfection.

A volunteer receives an injection for a potential COVID-19 vaccine at the Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa on June 28, 2020. Felix Dlangamandla/Beeld/Gallo Images via Getty Images COVID-19 vaccines may be less effective against a more infectious version of the coronavirus first found in South Africa. New research shows the mutated strain can evade the antibodies developed in response to vaccination or infection with the original version of the coronavirus. But Pfizer has said i...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, London, News, Kentucky, Trends, Cnn, South Africa, Food And Drug Administration, Pfizer, Vaccines, Seattle, Mutations, Penny, Emory University


The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine works against the contagious virus variant first found in UK, a new study shows

Vincent Kalut / Photonews via Getty Images The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine works against the contagious coronavirus variant first found in the UK, an early study shows. Researchers studied lab-made versions of both the original coronavirus and the variant, which has spread around the world. Whilst the results are reassuring, they have not yet been peer-reviewed. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The COVID-19 shot co-developed by Pfizer and BioNTech works against the...
Tags: Health, Japan, UK, US, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Moore, US Israel, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, BioNtech, Penny Moore


FAQ: Here’s what you need to know now about getting a coronavirus vaccine in LA County

With all the developments arising this week in Los Angeles County, there’s a pretty good chance you are confused about whether you are eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine, how you sign up and where you should go to get your shot. We’ll try to answer your questions. 1. I am 65 years old and I live in Los Angeles County. Can I get a vaccine? Appointments will be available for L.A. County residents 65 years old and older starting Tuesday afternoon at VaccinateLACounty.com. The first appointment...
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Single Covid vaccine dose in Israel 'less effective than we thought'

Surge in infections dampens optimism over country’s advanced immunisation programmeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIsrael’s coronavirus tsar has warned that a single dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine may be providing less protection than originally hoped, as the country reported a record 10,000 new Covid infections on Monday.In remarks reported by Army Radio, Nachman Ash said a single dose appeared “less effective than we had thought”, and also lower than Pfizer had...
Tags: Health, Israel, World news, Medical Research, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Coronavirus, Army Radio Nachman Ash


What we know about the coronavirus variants spreading around the world, including whether vaccines block them, how contagious they are, and whether they've reached the US

Samantha Lee/Business Insider Experts worldwide are urgently studying three coronavirus variants to understand what risks they pose. One variant first identified in the UK, one in South Africa, and one in Japan are probably more contagious than the original strain. They have caused cases to surge and the three nations to lock down. Here are nine key questions about the variants, answered. Experts are urgently investigating three different coronavirus variants - first identified in the UK,...
Tags: Health, Japan, UK, London, California, Cdc, US, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Brazil, Who, Astrazeneca, Tokyo, Ohio, Pfizer


Wales' Covid vaccine rollout criticised as first minister defends delay

Doctors and opposition parties urge Labour-led government to speed up distributionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe Covid vaccination programme in Wales has been heavily criticised after the first minister, Mark Drakeford, said the deployment of tens of thousands of Pfizer/BioNTech jabs was being staggered to avoid staff sitting around with nothing to do once the country gets through its current supply.Doctors’ representatives, opposition politicians and citizens wa...
Tags: Health, Politics, Wales, Society, UK News, Labour, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Welsh politics, Mark Drakeford, Coronavirus


Fauci says a new COVID-19 vaccine could be ready for US approval within weeks

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Reuters, Al Drago/AFP via Getty Images Another COVID-19 vaccine could be ready in the US within weeks, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday. The vaccines made by the drugmakers AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson are in clinical trials. President-elect Joe Biden's goal of 100 million doses in 100 days is "absolutely a doable thing," Fauci told NBC News' "Meet the Press." Visit Business Insider's homepage f...
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Fauci says 2 new vaccines could be ready for US approval within weeks, not months

Dr. Anthony Fauci, irector of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Reuters, Al Drago/AFP via Getty Images Two more COVID-19 vaccines could be ready in the US within "weeks not months," Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday. The vaccines made by drugmakers AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson are currently in clinical trials. President-elect Joe Biden's goal of 100 million doses in 100 days is "an absolutely do-able thing," Fauci told NBC News. Visit Business Insider's homepage f...
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Welsh leader defends staggered rollout of Pfizer Covid vaccine

Mark Drakeford says it would be ‘logistically damaging’ to use up supply too soonCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe deployment of tens of thousands of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccinations in Wales is being staggered to avoid staff sitting around with nothing to do once they get through their current supplies, the first minister, Mark Drakeford, has said.Some vaccinations in Wales may also be delayed because a batch of 26,000 Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines earmarked for the coun...
Tags: Health, Politics, Wales, Society, UK News, Pfizer, Welsh politics, Mark Drakeford, Coronavirus, Oxford AstraZeneca


Coronavirus Australia live: Australian Open tennis quarantine disarray as attention turns to Pfizer vaccine concerns

Seventy-two tennis players who flew to Melbourne frustrated they are unable to leave their hotel rooms to train. Follow latest updates liveNSW hotspots; Queensland hotspots; Victoria hotspotsFollow the global coronavirus liveblogHunt reassures Australians over vaccine rollout Chaos hits Australian Open with competitors confined to hotelsAustralia’s year of Covid – from the first case to the first doughnut dayNSW records six new local Covid cases, including worker at hospital 9.18pm GMT This ...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Victoria, Pfizer, Melbourne, Tasmania, Australian Open, South Australia, Daniel Andrews, Western Australia


The US screwed up its vaccine roll out in part because it was too choosy about who should get shots first

A frontline healthcare worker receives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination at the Park County Health Departments storefront clinic on January 5, 2021 in Livingston, Montana. Photo by William Campbell/Getty Images The US has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccinations per capita rates in the world. Israel has the best. Israel chose to prioritize its elderly. The US, by contrast, rolled out its doses using a complicated priority tier system based, in part, on people's employment. In order to fix the ...
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Europe and Canada are facing temporary hits to coronavirus vaccine supply while Pfizer renovates a Belgian plant to eventually produce more doses

Vincent Kalut / Photonews via Getty Images The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is renovating a key manufacturing plant for its coronavirus vaccine in Puurs, Belgium. This will delay shipments to Europe and Canada in late-January and early February. Pfizer is still aiming to produce 2 billion doses in 2021. Mass-production a key challenge facing the world's vaccination campaign. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. European countries and Canada will receive fewer doses of Pfizer...
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Answers to 9 crucial questions about the coronavirus variants spreading around the world

Samantha Lee/Business Insider Experts worldwide are urgently studying three coronavirus variants to understand what risks they pose. One variant first identified in the UK, one in South Africa, and one in Japan are probably more contagious than the original strain. They have caused cases to surge and the three nations to lock down. Here are nine key questions about the variants, answered. Experts are urgently investigating three different coronavirus variants - first identified in the UK,...
Tags: Health, Japan, UK, London, California, Cdc, US, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Brazil, Who, Astrazeneca, Tokyo, Ohio, Pfizer


Global immunisation: low-income countries rush to access Covid vaccine supply

Despite efforts to procure Covid vaccine, some nations will only vaccinate 20% of populationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThere are triumphant scenes as lorries leave a vaccine plant in Pune, India, loaded with boxes that will prevent thousands of deaths. Adar Poonawalla, the owner and chief executive of the Serum Institute of India, poses on the tailgate of a truck, making the most of his company’s “proud and historic” moment as the potential saviour of the nation ...
Tags: Health, Science, China, India, Africa, World news, Brazil, World Health Organization, Un, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Pune India, Serum Institute, Serum Institute of India, Jair Bolsonaro


Catching coronavirus gives 83% protection against reinfection for up to 5 months, a study suggests - but you could still spread the virus

A CVS pharmacist gives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to a resident at the Emerald Court senior living community in Anaheim, California. Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images Catching coronavirus gives you about 83% protection from reinfection for up to five months, a large preliminary UK study suggests. This is comparable to the protection offered by vaccines. Work is ongoing to find out how long immunity lasts, whether vaccines work in people previo...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Trends, Healthcare, National Health Service, Pfizer, Public Health England, Young, Cvs, Hopkins, Tang, Eleanor Riley, Warwick Medical School, Moderna, Lawrence Young


Upholding the principles of informed consent in the fight against vaccine hesitancy

Experts have taken to social media to quell misinformation and address common concerns about Pfizer’s messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccine, performing an important public service in support of robust vaccine uptake. However, some scientific information is being oversimplified to the point that it is misleading. The public’s decision to take a vaccine whose long-term risks […] Find jobs at Careers by KevinMD.com. Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now. Learn more.
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Study shows distancing and mandatory masks can prevent 87% of campus COVID-19 infections

The combined effectiveness of three COVID-prevention strategies on college campuses--mask-wearing, social distancing, and routine testing--are as effective in preventing coronavirus infections as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to a new study co-authored by a Case Western Reserve University researcher.
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Australia's chief medical officer defends AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine amid efficacy concerns

Australia has secured 54m doses of the vaccine some experts say is inferior to Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine, which Australia has bought just 10m doses ofCovid hotspots Victoria; NSW hotspots; Queensland hotspotsNSW and Sydney trend map: where cases are rising or fallingFollow the Australia coronavirus live blogAustralia’s chief medical officer, Prof Paul Kelly, and infectious diseases experts have defended securing 54m doses of a Covid-19 vaccine made by Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company...
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Will the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine be effective against the new N501Y SARS-CoV-2 variant?

Researchers from Pfizer and the University of Texas, USA, have presented evidence showing that people in a previously reported trial of the mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine, BNT162b2 – commonly known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine – had equivalent neutralizing titers to the N501 and Y501 viruses.
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The Trump administration will recommend giving all Americans over 65 a COVID-19 shot as soon as possible, in new guidance reportedly arriving Tuesday

US President Donald Trump. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images The Trump administration will on Tuesday recommend expanding vaccine eligibility to everyone over 65 years old, Axios reported. Currently, only essential workers and those over 75 are getting their COVID-19 shots. Axios cited an unnamed senior administration official. The vaccines available in the US require two doses. The guidelines also prioritize more people getting their first shot, rather than holding back doses to give people th...
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Which Covid vaccine is better? Pfizer v Oxford v Moderna

Three vaccines have been approved in the UK - what are the differences between them?
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The Latest: Scores test positive in China’s Hebei province

By The Associated Press BEIJING — Chinese health authorities say scores more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Hebei province bordering on the capital Beijing. The outbreak focused on the Hebei cities of Shijiazhuang and Xingtai is one of China’s most serious in recent months and comes amid measures to curb the further spread during next month’s Lunar New Year holiday. Authorities have called on citizens not to travel, ordered schools closed a week early and conducted testing on a m...
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The Latest: Japanese Health Ministry finds new virus variant

By The Associated Press TOKYO — The Japanese Health Ministry has found a coronavirus variant in people arriving from Brazil that’s different from the ones in Britain and South Africa. The variant was found in airport tests on a man in his 40s, a woman in her 30s and two teens, the ministry said Sunday. Japan was working with other nations, the WHO and other medical experts to analyze the new version of the virus, and it was still unclear whether available vaccines would work. The man who tested ...
Tags: Health, Business, Japan, UK, England, London, California, Mexico, China, Germany, Angela Merkel, Russia, India, Israel, Uncategorized, Sport


Israel, already leading the world in rolling out the COVID-19 vaccines, aims to immunize entire country by the end of March

Israeli Prime Minister Minister Benjamin Netanyahu receives a coronavirus vaccine at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Amir Cohen/AP Israel expects to have immunized all its citizens who are 16-years-old and up by the end of March.  That timeline would likely make Israel the world's first country to immunize the vast majority of its population from the pandemic.  Israel has far outpaced the rest of the world with its vaccination campaign, already having ...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Israel, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Healthcare, Pfizer, Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Amir Cohen, Ramat Gan Israel, Andrew Dunn, Sheba Medical Center, Susie Neilson


The Latest: Virus infections top 90 million confirmed cases

By The Associated Press BALTIMORE — Coronavirus infections have now surpassed 90 million confirmed cases around the world, as more countries braced for wider spread of more virulent strains of a disease that has now killed nearly 2 million worldwide. The number of infections worldwide has doubled in just 10 weeks, according to a tally by John Hopkins University on Sunday. COVID-19 infections had hit 45 million as recently as late October. As of Sunday afternoon, John Hopkins counted 90,005,787 i...
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The Latest: Africa tops 3 million confirmed virus cases

By The Associated Press JOHANNESBURG — Africa passed the milestone of 3 million confirmed cases COVID-19 Sunday, including more than 72,000 deaths, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. South Africa accounts for more than 30% of the continent’s total with more than 1.2 million reported cases, including 32,824 deaths. The high proportion of cases in South Africa could be because the country carries out more tests than many other African countries. South Africa is bat...
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UK coronavirus live: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine offers protection against new variants, study suggests

Latest updates: study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, suggests vaccine appears to work against new strainsFears over South Africa variant led to travel curbsWhich countries have reported the new UK Covid variant?Serious faults in some English care homes’ defencesThe race to save the NHS from CovidCoronavirus – latest updates 11.23am GMT Compliance with most measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 “remained high” over the Christmas and New Year period, according to the latest release b...
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The UK's decision to delay 2nd vaccine doses could cause 'greater risk' from coronavirus variants, South Africa's most senior vaccine expert suggests

People wearing face masks queue at a South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to collect their government grant in Cape Town South Africa, Monday, May 11, 2020. South Africa's Western Cape province, which includes the city of Cape Town, has emerged as the country's coronavirus hotspot, accounting for more than half of the nation's confirmed cases, which have gone above 10,000.(AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht) Associated Press The chair of the South African government's vaccine ...
Tags: Health, UK, US, America, Trends, South Africa, Healthcare, Ubs, Cape Town, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Sky News, Business Insider, Department Of Health, Cape Town South Africa


EU approves Moderna jab amid tensions over slow rollout of vaccines

Move should ease frustrations over low supplies of Pfizer vaccine and EU’s longer authorisation process Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe European Medicines Agency has approved the Moderna vaccine, making it the second coronavirus shot to be cleared for general use across the EU, as tensions continued to rise over the slow progress of vaccination programmes in the bloc.In a move that should ease frustrations over a shortfall in supplies of the BioNTech/Pfizer jab an...
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