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Here's what it was like to get one Covid shot in Nigeria, where less than 3% are vaccinated, and a second in the UK, where people are already getting access to booster shots

The author, Paul Adepoju (left), got his first Covid vaccine shot in Nigeria. The center was so crowded that there was no room to sit down. Paul Adepoju In Nigeria, less than 3% of the population has gotten the Covid vaccine. In the UK, 68% of people are fully vaccinated. Life is returning to normal in both places - but in Nigeria, most people must make do without the vaccine. There's a growing push to speed up vaccine access in poor countries. I got my first COVID-19 vaccine shot in...
Tags: UK, Science, London, News, Nigeria, Africa, America, Trends, Cnn, National Health Service, Patents, West Africa, Who, World Health Organization, Astrazeneca, World Bank


6 analog astronauts are camping out in the Israeli desert for a month to simulate life on Mars

Analog astronauts from a European and Israeli team walk in spacesuits during a training mission at the Ramon Crater in Israel's southern Negev desert on October 10, 2021. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images In Israel, six analog astronauts are living and working in a small structure to simulate life on Mars. The month-long mission aims to help scientists learn how to avoid mistakes that would endanger real astronauts. Scientists are monitoring the group for signs of poor mental and physical hea...
Tags: Utah, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, News, Israel, Trends, Spain, Nasa, Earth, Hawaii, Mars, Simulation, Astronauts, Reuters, Afp


The US is reopening its land borders with Canada and Mexico to fully vaccinated people next month

A sign saying that the US border is closed at the US-Canada border in Lansdowne, Ontario. LARS HAGBERG/AFP via Getty Images The US will reopen its land borders for nonessential travel to fully vaccinated people in November. The exact date of the change is unclear. The rules will be announced later Wednesday, per the AP. The routes had been closed for nonessential travel for 19 months due to the pandemic. The US is reopening its land borders for nonessential travel with Canada and Mexico to...
Tags: Politics, Science, Mexico, US, Trends, Canada, United States, News UK, Associated Press, Afp, US Canada, Alejandro Mayorkas, Coronavirus, Sinead Baker, Getty Images The US, Coronavirus Vaccines


The US says it's reopening its land borders with Canada and Mexico to fully vaccinated people next month

A sign saying the US border is closed at the US-Canada border in Lansdowne, Ontario. LARS HAGBERG/AFP via Getty Images The US plans to open its land borders for nonessential travel to fully vaccinated people next month. The exact date for the change is unclear. The rules will be announced later Wednesday, per the AP. The routes have been closed for nonessential travel for 19 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The US next month plans to reopen its land borders for nonessential travel ...
Tags: Politics, Science, Mexico, US, Trends, Canada, United States, News UK, Associated Press, Afp, US Canada, Alejandro Mayorkas, Coronavirus, Sinead Baker, Getty Images The US, Coronavirus Vaccines


A Colorado woman couldn't get a kidney transplant because she refused a COVID-19 vaccine - a policy at many hospitals

Dr. Matthew Cooper carries a kidney before a transplant at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC on June 28, 2016. Molly Riley/AP A Colorado woman was denied an organ transplant after refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine, the AP reported. Like many hospitals, Colorado's UCHealth prioritizes patients who are more likely to survive after surgery. Vaccinated people fall into that category, since they're well protected against COVID-19. See more stories on Insider'...
Tags: Death, Science, News, Colorado, Washington Post, US, Trends, Ap, Washington Dc, Associated Press, Louisiana, New York University, Afp, Cleveland Clinic, Arthur Caplan, Caplan


The US could authorize COVID-19 vaccines for younger kids around Halloween, Pfizer's new timeline suggests

A boy receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the Israeli city of Holon on June 21. Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images On Thursday, Pfizer asked the FDA to authorize its COVID-19 shot for kids ages 5 to 11. That means kids could start getting vaccinated sometime around Halloween. The FDA could authorize vaccines for kids ages 6 months to 5 years in late November, Pfizer's timeline suggests. See more stories on Insider's business page. Vaccines for kids have finally entered the home str...
Tags: Science, Kids, News, Children, US, Trends, Getty Images, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Afp, Orlando Florida, Johnson & Johnson, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


One of Colorado's largest health systems is denying organ transplants to most unvaccinated people

Dr. Matthew Cooper carries a kidney before a transplant at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC on June 28, 2016. Molly Riley/AP Colorado's UCHealth system is denying organ transplants to most unvaccinated people. Transplant centers often prioritize patients who are more likely to survive after surgery. Vaccinated people fall into that category, since they're well protected against COVID-19. See more stories on Insider's business page. More than 100,000 Amer...
Tags: Death, Science, News, Colorado, US, Trends, Washington Dc, Louisiana, The Washington Post, New York University, Afp, Arthur Caplan, Caplan, Strasbourg France, The Post, UNOS


Brazil's tragic ivermectin frenzy is a warning to the US, experts say

A supporter of President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro holds a large box of box of Ivermectin at Esplanada dos Ministérios on May 15, 2021 in Brasilia, Brazil. Andressa Anholete/Getty Images In Brazil, ivermectin is a commonly prescribed anti parasitic drug. Early on in the pandemic, Brazilians thought that ivermectin might also help treat and prevent COVID-19. But, as one ICU doctor put it: "We Brazilians had to learn in the hardest way that ivermectin didn't work." See more stories on In...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Cdc, New York City, US, Trends, Merck, Public Health, Brazil, World Health Organization, Columbia University, Afp, Salvador, Sao Paulo Brazil, Manaus


How 4 Black Alabama women went door-to-door persuading people to get jabbed in one of the least vaccinated US states

Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Tyson, second from left, during a door-knocking vaccine drive on June 30 in Birmingham, Alabama. Elijah Nouvelage / AFP via Getty Images Alabama has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the US. Black community leaders have been going door-to-door to fight misinformation and get shots in arms. Four told Insider the work was draining but had worked because their communities trusted them. See more stories on Insider's business page. Dorothy Oliver ha...
Tags: Politics, Science, Mississippi, US, Alabama, Trends, Bloomberg, New York Times, News UK, Birmingham, Johnson, Dorothy, Oliver, Trump, Afp, Jefferson County


How 4 Black Alabama women went door to door convincing people to get jabbed in one of the least-vaccinated US states

Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Tyson, (second from left) during a door-knocking vaccine drive on June 30, 2021, in Birmingham, Alabama. Elijah Nouvelage / AFP via Getty Images Alabama has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the US. Black community leaders have been going door-to-door to fight misinformation and get shots in arms. Four told Insider the work is draining, but has worked because their communities trust them. See more stories on Insider's business page. Dorothy Oli...
Tags: Politics, Science, US, Alabama, Trends, Bloomberg, New York Times, News UK, Birmingham, Johnson, Donald Trump, Dorothy, Oliver, Trump, Afp, Tuskegee


The US could authorize COVID-19 vaccines for younger kids before Thanksgiving, Pfizer's new timeline suggests

A boy receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the Israeli city of Holon on June 21. Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images Kids from 5 to 11 could start getting COVID-19 shots sometime between Halloween and Thanksgiving, Pfizer's new timeline suggests. The company submitted data to the FDA for that younger age group on Tuesday. But Pfizer likely won't seek FDA authorization until mid-October, . See more stories on Insider's business page. Until recently, many experts and parents alike...
Tags: Science, Kids, News, Children, Cbs News, US, Trends, Cnn, Getty Images, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Afp


The US could see a brighter fall and winter as COVID-19 cases and deaths decline, a new model shows

Customers toast on the Eataly Flatiron Rooftop in New York City on April 15, 2021. Taylor Hill/Getty Images A new model suggests the US's COVID-19 cases and deaths aren't likely to climb higher between now and March. That means the US could expect a much rosier national picture this fall and winter. But hospitals might still be strained in states with cold climates or low vaccination rates. See more stories on Insider's business page. The pandemic has thrown its share of curveb...
Tags: Science, News, New York City, US, West Virginia, Trends, Wyoming, Delta, Food And Drug Administration, Deaths, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Pfizer, Salt Lake City, States, Birmingham


Schools that require masks see fewer COVID-19 outbreaks, 2 new CDC studies show

Kindergartner Grace Truax, 5, removes her mask before posing for a portrait during "picture day" at Rogers International School on September 23, 2020, in Stamford, Connecticut. John Moore/Getty Images Schools that require face masks see fewer COVID-19 outbreaks, two new CDC studies found. In two Arizona counties, the odds of an outbreak were 3.5 times higher in schools that didn't require masks than in schools that did. Counties with school mask mandates recorded fewer COVID-19 cases a...
Tags: Science, Kids, News, Cdc, Masks, US, Trends, Arizona, Delta, Schools, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccines, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Afp, Maricopa


A COVID-19 booster shot that could protect against multiple variants at once is being tested in humans for the first time

A person receives the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (EBNHC) in Boston, Massachusetts on December 24, 2020. Joseph Prezioso / AFP via Getty Images A COVID-19 booster shot that may protect against multiple variants is being tested in humans. It uses new vaccine technology that self-replicates once injected in the muscle. The vaccine may need a lower dose than existing shots, potentially reducing side effects. See more stories on Insider's busine...
Tags: Health, Science, News, US, Trends, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Pfizer, Booster, Afp, Boston Massachusetts, University of Manchester, Andrew Allen, Andrew Clarke, US National Institute of Health, Moderna


The companies polluting the planet have spent millions to make you think carpooling and recycling will save us

Marianne Ayala/Insider Plastics companies spent millions to kickstart recycling programs, and it helped them avoid bans. Decades later, fossil-fuel interests spend millions to promote carpooling and reducing energy use. Activists and researchers say this individual-action narrative distracts from the biggest polluters. See more stories on Insider's business page. Ben Franta is trying to collect every climate-related ad the oil and gas industry has ever produced.Franta, who is pursuing...
Tags: Texas, Science, News, Climate Change, Stanford, Advertising, US, San Francisco, Trends, ExxonMobil, Philippines, Fossil Fuels, New Jersey, Shanghai, New Orleans, Recycling


Moderna's vaccine offers better protection against COVID-19 hospitalization than Pfizer or J&J, new CDC study finds

Olivia Parsons, 22, a neuroscience major at the University of Colorado Boulder, left, gets her first dose of the Moderna vaccine from Dr. Laird Wolfe. Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine seems to protect better against hospitalization than other US-authorized shots. Moderna's shot lowered the risk of hospitalization by 93%, a new CDC report found. Pfizer's shot lowered that risk by 88%, whereas Johnson & Johnson's shot lowered it by 71%. See more...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Minnesota, Cdc, US, Trends, Healthcare, Delta, Fda, Pfizer, Biden, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Mayo Clinic, Afp, Boston Massachusetts


The US could authorize COVID-19 vaccines for younger kids by Halloween, Pfizer's new timeline suggests

A boy receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the Israeli city of Holon on June 21. Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images Kids from 5 to 11 could start getting COVID-19 shots by Halloween, Pfizer's new timeline suggests. The company expects to submit data to the FDA for this younger age group in early October. Pfizer is testing a lower dose of its vaccine among young kids to avoid unnecessary side effects. See more stories on Insider's business page. Though daily vaccination rates are dec...
Tags: Science, Kids, News, Children, Cbs News, US, Trends, Cnn, Getty Images, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Morgan Stanley, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Afp


Japan investigating after 3 deaths from Moderna vaccine batch which officials fear was contaminated

Vials of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines are seen above in Israel HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images Three people in Japan died after receiving vaccines from a batch that was since recalled. No link has been established between the shots and deaths, per Japan's health ministry. Moderna recalled the shots after finding contaminants in a batch made at a similar time. See more stories on Insider's business page. A third person in Japan died within days of receiving a Moderna vacci...
Tags: Japan, Science, Trends, News UK, Vaccine, Afp, Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare, Japan Times, Takeda, Moderna, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Marianne Guenot, Israel HAZEM BADER, ROVI Pharma Industrial Services, MHLW


The pandemic endgame isn't here yet. But if we play our cards right, things will start getting better in 2023.

"People feel like, 'Oh, we thought COVID was over.' Well, no. Half the US population is still not vaccinated. And the world is struggling to get vaccinated," the epidemiologist Saskia Popescu told Insider. Samantha Lee/Insider The US hasn't vaccinated enough people to stop the Delta variant from spreading. It's possible that by 2023 things might feel safer again, but only if more people get vaccinated. Insider spoke with experts who said we need to better manage expectation...
Tags: New York, Science, News, Colorado, Cdc, US, America, Trends, Analysis, Afghanistan, Public Health, Pakistan, Iowa, Healthcare, Delta, Upper West Side


The pandemic end game isn't here yet. But if we play our cards right, things will start getting better in 2023.

"People feel like, 'Oh, we thought COVID was over.' Well, no. Half the US population is still not vaccinated. And the world is struggling to get vaccinated," the epidemiologist Saskia Popescu told Insider. Samantha Lee/Insider The US hasn't vaccinated enough people to stop the Delta variant from spreading. It's possible that by 2023 things might feel safer again, but only if more people get vaccinated. Insider spoke with experts who said we need to better manage expectation...
Tags: New York, Science, News, Colorado, Cdc, US, America, Trends, Analysis, Afghanistan, Public Health, Pakistan, Iowa, Healthcare, Delta, Upper West Side


A photo showing COVID-19 patients lying on the floor of a Florida library waiting for antibody treatment trended online. Now the library is asking people to not sit down.

Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images A photo circulated online last week showing COVID-19 patients lying on the floor while waiting for monoclonal antibody treatment at a Florida library. Officials said they did not have enough wheelchairs to help all waiting patients, but have now increased their supply. The library has since put up signs that say: "Please do not sit or lay on the floor. If you require immediate medical attention, please alert a staff member." See more stories on Inside...
Tags: Florida, Science, News, Trends, Jacksonville, Antibody, Afp, Jacksonville Florida, First Coast News, Lopez, WFLA, Ron DeSantis, Regeneron, Getty Images A, Chandan Khanna, Louie Lopez


Mark Zuckerberg wants to expand Facebook into the metaverse, even if nobody knows what that is

"The Matrix." Warner Bros. A metaverse is a virtual universe where people would use digital avatars and VR to interact. It's akin to "The Matrix" or "Ready Player One," where characters are tethered to reality. The concept found renewed chatter after Zuckerberg said Facebook would become a "metaverse company." See more stories on Insider's business page. Mark Zuckerberg thrust a futuristic concept into the limelight earlier this summer when he announced Facebook will become known a...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, News, Microsoft, Entertainment, Satya Nadella, Trends, Google Earth, Warner Bros, Vanity Fair, Neal Stephenson, Zuckerberg, Tech Companies, Afp, Stephenson


3 leading COVID-19 experts say there isn't clear evidence that healthy, vaccinated people will need booster shots 8 months out

An Ohio resident receives the COVID-19 vaccine in March. Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images On Wednesday, US officials recommended a booster shot eight months after a person's second jab. Three COVID-19 experts said they weren't sure this was the right strategy to curb the pandemic. Ultimately, they said, we need to vaccinate the unvaccinated. See more stories on Insider's business page. The federal government has recommended COVID-19 booster shots for all....
Tags: New York, Science, Cdc, Israel, US, America, Trends, Healthcare, Delta, Ohio, Philadelphia, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, Biden, Anthony Fauci


3 leading COVID experts say there isn't clear evidence that healthy, vaccinated people will need booster shots 8 months out

An Ohio resident receives the COVID-19 vaccine in March 2021. Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images US health officials said Wednesday that a booster shot is recommended eight months after a person's second shot. Three leading COVID-19 experts say they aren't sure this is the right strategy to curb the pandemic. Ultimately, they said, we need to vaccinate the unvaccinated. See more stories on Insider's business page. The federal government has officially recom...
Tags: New York, Science, Cdc, Israel, US, America, Trends, Healthcare, Delta, Ohio, Philadelphia, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, Biden, Anthony Fauci


Pfizer's vaccine may be less effective against the Delta variant, study suggests, even though vaccines help prevent serious illness or death

Vials of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines seen in Israel. HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images A new Mayo Clinic preprint looked at the effectiveness of mRNA vaccines between January and July. It found Pfizer effectiveness dropped to 42% in Minnesota in July, when Delta became the dominant strain. Nonetheless, vaccines help protect against severe COVID-19 cases and deaths. See more stories on Insider's business page. Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine may not be as good at preventing...
Tags: UK, Science, Minnesota, US, Trends, Iowa, News UK, Delta, Pfizer, Biden, Mayo Clinic, Afp, Moderna, Axios, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine


Pfizer vaccine efficacy dropped to 42% against Delta variant although protection against serious illness remained strong, study says

Vials of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines seen in Israel. HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images A new Mayo Clinic study looked at the effectiveness of mRNA vaccines between January and July. The study found Pfizer effectiveness dropped to 42% when Delta became the dominant strain. Both vaccines had greater than 85% effectiveness against hospitalization and ICU admission. Vaccinated people saw zero deaths in the study. See more stories on Insider's business page. Pfizer's corona...
Tags: Science, Minnesota, US, Trends, Iowa, News UK, Delta, Pfizer, Biden, Mayo Clinic, Afp, Moderna, Axios, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Ashley Collman


Pfizer's vaccine efficacy dropped to 42% while Moderna's was at 76% when the Delta variant became the dominant strain, study says

Vials of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines seen in Israel. HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images A new Mayo Clinic study looked at the effectiveness of mRNA vaccines between January and July. The study found Pfizer effectiveness dropped to 42% when Delta became the dominant strain. The study is a preprint and therefore has not yet been peer reviewed. See more stories on Insider's business page. Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine may not be as good at preventing infection with the Del...
Tags: Science, Minnesota, US, Trends, Iowa, News UK, Delta, Pfizer, Biden, Mayo Clinic, Afp, Moderna, Axios, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Ashley Collman


Mark Zuckerberg wants to expand Facebook into the metaverse, but no one's really sure what that means

"The Matrix." Warner Bros. A metaverse is a virtual universe where people would use digital avatars and VR to interact. It's akin to "The Matrix" or "Ready Player One," where characters are tethered to reality. The concept found renewed chatter after Zuckerberg said Facebook would become a "metaverse company." See more stories on Insider's business page. Mark Zuckerberg thrust a futuristic concept into the limelight last week when he announced Facebook will become known as a "metav...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, News, Microsoft, Entertainment, Satya Nadella, Trends, Google Earth, Warner Bros, Vanity Fair, Neal Stephenson, Zuckerberg, Tech Companies, Afp, Stephenson


WHO tells wealthy countries to stop giving out booster shots until poorer nations get more vaccines

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Fabrice Coffrini / AFP via Getty Images The WHO is calling for a moratorium on COVID-19 vaccine boosters through the end of September. Some wealthy nations have begun booster campaigns while low-income countries are still largely unvaccinated. Israel, Germany, and France already have third shots rolling out or coming soon for certain groups. See more stories on Insider's business page. As some countries struggle to g...
Tags: UK, Science, Washington Post, Cdc, France, Germany, Israel, US, San Francisco, Trends, Who, World Health Organization, Pfizer, Anthony Fauci, Reuters, Afp


Fully vaccinated travelers from the US and the EU will soon be able to enter England without quarantine

Passengers at London Heathrow Airport. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images England plans to begin lifting its quarantine rules for non-UK residents. The rules are set to ease for fully vaccinated people from the US and the EU. Previously, they have had to isolate for 10 days upon arrival. See more stories on Insider's business page. England is changing its coronavirus rules to allow fully vaccinated travelers from the US and the European Union to enter without quarantining.The chan...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, England, Science, France, US, Trends, Eu, European Union, News UK, Northern Ireland, Sky News, Afp, Scotland Wales, Getty Images England



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