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Scientists are aiming to launch a nationwide trial 'as soon as possible' to find out if the top coronavirus vaccines can stop the virus from spreading

A 16-year-old participates in Pfizer's clinical trial to test its coronavirus vaccine candidate. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Massive studies have shown that two leading coronavirus vaccines are highly effective at preventing people from getting sick with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Top researchers are already pitching plans for additional studies, Business Insider has learned. This research aims to answer a critical question: can these experimental shots also pr...
Tags: Science, US, Trends, Healthcare, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Pfizer, University Of North Carolina, Cohen, Corey, UNC, Children s Hospital, National Cancer Institute, Paul Offit, NCI, Lowy


We went inside a public hospital in Venezuela where there's no running water and cancer patients have to provide their own medicine

Venezuela has some of the worst healthcare in the world, and the coronavirus has only made the situation worse.At one public hospital in Caracas, there's no running water, and a shortage of medicine means cancer patients have to provide their own if they want treatment.We went inside a Venezuela hospital with crumbling infrastructure to see how a 9-year-old cancer patient is coping in such a tough environment.View more episodes of Business Insider Weekly on Facebook. COVID-19 made a dire situ...
Tags: Video, News, Cancer, US, International, Trends, Features, Colombia, Healthcare, World Health Organization, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Reuters, Caracas, Maduro, Socialist Party


UK medical clinics are selling controversial 'virginity tests', even though the WHO says they don't work and can traumatize women

A woman at a medical clinic (posed by model). Shutterstock "Virginity tests," in which a woman's hymen is examined, are available at least seven UK medical clinics, an investigation by BBC Newsbeat and 100 Women has found. The tests are legal in the UK, but the WHO and UN say they violate human rights and should be banned. "Failing" the test can result in violence, sexual assault, banishment from their community, and even "honor killing." France is currently mulling a ban of the tests, but...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, England, France, Germany, Trends, UK News, Bbc, Vagina, Virginity, NHS, Healthcare, United Nations, Who, Virgin


Vaccine experts report that the rapid progress on COVID-19 trials is a result of unprecedented global cooperation and focus

John Cairns On November 19 Oxford University announced that its own COVID-19 vaccine, developed in collaboration with AstraZeneca, produced a safe immune response in older adults. Sarah Gilbert, vaccine knowledge project manager at Oxford University, said that the removal of traditional barriers in vaccine development have facilitated the rapid progress. Because of her work, Business Insider named Gilbert to our annual list of the 10 leaders transforming healthcare in Europe...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, US, Trends, United States, Healthcare, United Arab Emirates, Astrazeneca, Fda, Pfizer, Oxford University, Vaccines, Bahrain, Sarah Gilbert, Gilbert


US Fertility says patient data was stolen in a ransomware attack

U.S. Fertility, one of the largest networks of fertility clinics in the United States, has confirmed it was hit by a ransomware attack and that data was taken. The company was formed in May as a partnership between Shady Grove Fertility, a fertility clinic with dozens of locations across the U.S. east coast, and Amulet Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests largely in the healthcare space. As a joint venture, U.S. Fertility now claims 55 locations across the U.S., including Califor...
Tags: California, US, Tech, United States, Social Security, Healthcare, Amulet Capital Partners, U S Fertility, U S U S Fertility, U S Universal Health Services


The head of the US government program tasked with getting the country vaccines said he will probably quit by early next year — before most Americans can get a shot

Moncef Slaoui speaks at a vaccine development event in the White House in May 2020. Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images The head of Operation Warp Speed, the US government's program to help develop and roll out a COVID-19 vaccine to the country, said he may leave the position before the point when most Americans would be vaccinated. Moncef Slaoui, told Politico that he could step down from the position "by the end this year or early next year." Ordinary Americans would like...
Tags: Politics, Washington Post, White House, Politico, US, Trends, Healthcare, News UK, Biden, Jabin Botsford, Slaoui, Moncef Slaoui, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Operation Warp Speed, Sinead Baker


We now have the best evidence yet that coronavirus immunity lasts 6 to 8 months after infection, and perhaps even years

A medical staff member grabs the hand of a patient to reposition their bed in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center, October 31, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Go Nakamura/Getty Images Immunity to the coronavirus involves more than just antibodies. T cells and B cells protect us long-term, too.  A new study found that these other elements of immunity persist at least eight months in a majority of COVID-19 patients and could protect most people against coronavirus ...
Tags: Health, Science, London, News, California, Trends, Healthcare, Vaccines, Antibodies, La Jolla, Houston Texas, NIAID, Immunity, United Memorial Medical Center, Crotty, Shane Crotty


6 crucial questions about AstraZeneca's vaccine

Welcome to Business Insider's daily healthcare newsletter, your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Hello,Happy day-before-Thanksgiving! It's seeming like a pretty good time to log off and relax. For those looking for some holiday specific content, I was reminiscing this morning on some of my classic early BI stories. They include such gems as: how to have a (nutritionally) ...
Tags: Cdc, Trends, Getty Images, Healthcare, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Business Insider, Cb Insights, Soweto South Africa, Moderna, Andrew Dunn, Jenner Institute


Russia is offering its experimental COVID-19 vaccine to other countries, but Putin won't take it until it's formally approved

Vladimir Putin attends the G20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia via video conference on Nov. 21, 2020. Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via The Associated Press Russia has been hailing its trial coronavirus vaccine for months, but the Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin won't take it yet. "The president cannot use an uncertified vaccine," Dmitri Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said Wednesday. Russia gave "Sputnik V" emergency-use authorization on August 11 and has been giving it ...
Tags: Politics, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Trends, G20, Ap, Cnn, Healthcare, News UK, Moscow, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Kremlin, Times


COVID-19 has dropped life expectancy in Sweden by the biggest amount since 1944, as a top official warns there is 'no signs' of herd immunity

People stroll at the Drottninggatan shopping street in central Stockholm on November 10, 2020. Sweden is yet to implement a national lockdown amid the pandemic. Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images This year, Swedish life expectancy is set to fall by 0.3 years for women and 0.5 years for men. This would be the biggest drop in life expectancy in Sweden since 1944. The expected drop is largely down to the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Sweden said. The country is in the midst ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Sweden, Trends, Healthcare, Who, Norway, Life Expectancy, Stockholm, Swedish, World Health Organization WHO, Stefan Lofven, Statistics Sweden, Lockdown, Stockholm county, FREDRIK SANDBERG


COVID-19 has made life expectancy in Sweden drop by the biggest amount in 75 years

People stroll at the Drottninggatan shopping street in central Stockholm on November 10, 2020. Sweden is yet to implement a national lockdown amid the pandemic. Fredrik Sandberg/TT News Agency/AFP via Getty Images This year, Swedish life expectancy is set to fall by 0.3 years for women and 0.5 years for men. This would be the biggest drop in life expectancy in Sweden since 1944. The expected drop is largely down to the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Sweden said. The country is in the midst ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Sweden, Trends, Healthcare, Who, Norway, Life Expectancy, Stockholm, Swedish, World Health Organization WHO, Stefan Lofven, Statistics Sweden, Lockdown, Stockholm county, FREDRIK SANDBERG


As the pandemic shatters Americans' mental health, the FDA, psychiatrists, and developers are betting on smartphone apps to treat them directly

A woman seen walking past a charity's shopfront in Stoke-on-Trent, England, on October 28, 2020. Nathan Stirk/Getty Images The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the US mental-health crisis, with apps like Calm and Headspace booming as people try to cope. Now, a new cohort of apps are working to directly treat mental illness, rather than just help people get by. Three such companies told Business Insider their programs can drive similar results as medication, and said they believe in-pe...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Washington Post, US, Trends, Mental Health, Depression, Healthcare, News UK, Cambridge, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Haim, Apple Store, Digital Health


Nominate a Healthcare Worker For a 7-Day RV Getaway

Eight months into the global pandemic, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are surging at unprecedented levels. Healthcare workers have shouldered so much of the psychological and emotional burden wrought by this marathon plague, and you may be wondering how you can show a healthcare worker that you appreciate their…Read more...
Tags: Road Trips, Healthcare, Lifehacks


6 crucial unanswered questions about AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine results

A lower initial dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, would mean double the number of vaccine doses available, once regulators approve it. VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images For the third consecutive Monday, a drugmaker said its coronavirus vaccine candidate was successful in late-stage studies. AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford said their two-dose shot was effective at preventing COVID-19, according to preliminary results.  AstraZeneca's news follows similar announcements of suc...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, US, Trends, Getty Images, Analysis, Healthcare, Oxford, Brazil, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Biotech, Afp, Pollard


Industries like healthcare, tech, and education are poised to add a lot of high-paying jobs in the next decade. We found how to break into those fields.

Software developer is one of the best jobs of the future. Maskot/Getty Images Business Insider recently found 30 high-paying jobs that were poised for strong growth based on employment projections for between 2019 and 2029 and median wages in 2019. The occupations at the top of our list fall into five main industries, all of which require different education, certifications, and skills. We took an in-depth look at the various paths to getting into these industries, according to career expe...
Tags: Jobs, Education, Future, US, Careers, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Healthcare, Teaser, Southern California, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, BLS, Labor Department, Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS, Banuelos


Inside healthcare's gig economy

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Hello,Today in healthcare news: An inside look at Papa, a startup that's tapping into the growing gig economy in healthcare,  the limitations of what vaccine results can tell us about transmission, and a new approach to taking on the massive middlemen in the pharmacy industry.  Courtesy of Papa; Yuqing Liu/Business Insider Investors are betting big that Papa can succeed by applying Uber's gig-work strategy to home care. We spoke to 9 'grandkids on d...
Tags: Trends, Healthcare, Miami, Oxford University, Nih, Gig Economy, Papa, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Reuters AstraZeneca, Zaks, Moderna, Axios, Gig workers, Megan Hernbroth, Joe Murad, Tal Zaks


Moderna's chief medical officer says that vaccine trial results only show that they prevent people from getting sick — not necessarily that recipients won't still be able to transmit the virus

Lab tech Sendy Puerto processes blood samples from Moderna's coronavirus vaccine clinical trials study participants September 2, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Taimy Alvarez/AP Moderna Chief Medical Officer Tal Zaks told Axios that the public should not "over-interpret" the vaccine trial results to assume life could go back to normal after adults are vaccinated. "They do not show that they prevent you from potentially carrying this virus transiently and infecting others," Zaks told Axios.  Wh...
Tags: Science, News, US, Trends, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Astrazeneca, Fda, Vaccine, University of Oxford, Miami Florida, Zaks, Moderna, Axios, Moncef Slaoui, Coronavirus


Amazon Can’t Deliver the Covid Vaccine—But It Is Shaping the Future of Healthcare

Healthcare has been top of mind for American consumers throughout 2020, and a new player has just entered the field: online pharmacy services from Amazon. Amazon Pharmacy offers prescriptions with free two-day delivery and a savings benefit for customers paying without insurance. In a statement, TJ Parker, vice president of the service, said it "[brings]...
Tags: Amazon, Advertising, Healthcare, TJ Parker, Marketing Innovation, Amazon Amazon Pharmacy


Resilience raises over $800 million to transform pharmaceutical manufacturing in response to COVID-19

Resilience, a new biopharmaceutical company backed by $800 million in financing from investors including ARCH Venture Partners and 8VC, has emerged from stealth to transform the way that drugs and therapies are manufactured in the U.S. Founded by ARCH Venture Partners investor Robert Nelsen, National Resilience Inc., which does business as Resilience was born out of Nelsen’s frustrations with the inept American response to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a statement the company will in...
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A 3rd coronavirus vaccine works

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Hello,Another Monday, another batch of vaccine results. This time: AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford shared that their coronavirus vaccine was 70% effective on average. That comes on the heels of Pfizer and its partner BioNTech and Moderna both sharing last week that their coronavirus vaccines were 95% and 94.5% effective, respectively. Moncef Slaoui, the scientific head of Operation Warp Speed, is anticipating things will move quickly from here. He s...
Tags: Science, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Atlantic, Healthcare, Argentina, Astrazeneca, National Institutes of Health, Fda, Pfizer, Vaccine, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Santa, Donald Trump


Oxford and AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine is considerably cheaper and easier to distribute than either Pfizer's or Moderna's. Here's why.

A half-dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine initially could mean we have double the number doses available when it's approved by regulators. Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool via AP The University of Oxford and AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine can be stored at normal fridge temperatures for at least six months. Unlike Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine, it therefore doesn't require an ultra-cold storage and transport system, making it cheaper to distribute globally. The price per dose is also ...
Tags: Minnesota, US, Trends, Eu, Healthcare, Oxford, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Vaccine, University of Oxford, Oxford University, Welt am Sonntag, Andrew Pollard, Moderna, Siphiwe Sibeko, Stéphane Bancel


Coronavirus vaccine czar said Moderna will seek an emergency use authorization for its vaccine by the end of November

Moderna will seek emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the month, the coronavirus vaccine czar said Sunday. Moderna; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Moderna, the biotech company that last week announced the results of its COVID-19 vaccine, will apply with the Food and Drug Administration for an emergency use authorization by the end of the month, Moncef Slaoui, the head of the White House Operation "Warp Speed" said Sunday. ...
Tags: Science, News, Abc, US, Trends, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Vaccine, Abc News, Moderna, Slaoui, Moncef Slaoui, Connor Perrett


Americans will hopefully begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as early as December 11, 'Warp Speed' advisor says

Some Americans could "hopefully" receive the vaccine for COVID-19 as soon as December 11 or 12, Moncef Slaoui said Dado Ruvic/Reuters Moncef Slaoui, the head of the White House "Operation Warp Speed" said on Sunday that some Americans will begin receiving the vaccine for COVID-19 as soon as December 11.  A panel of outside experts that advises the FDA is expected to meet on December 10 to discuss Pfizer's application for an emergency use authorization, but it's not clear how quickly FDA wo...
Tags: Science, News, White House, Trends, Cnn, United States, Healthcare, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Jake Tapper, Moderna, Slaoui, Moncef Slaoui, Connor Perrett


Amazon Pharmacy is going to be the first big test of public trust in Prime and will expose the company to more scrutiny

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. c This week Amazon launched its new Amazon Pharmacy service, selling prescription and generic medications. Prime members will get a bunch of perks, including huge discounts of up to 80%. By selling healthcare, Amazon Prime is getting into a market where consumers are keenly aware of how sensitive their data is, which means it will have to walk a fine line to maintain public trust. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amazon launched its new service Ama...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Time, US, Beck, Trends, Eu, Amazon Prime, Healthcare, Pfizer, Jeff Bezos, Forrester, Medications, HIPAA, Tech Insider


The Air Force is sending 60 healthcare workers to North Dakota to address a staffing crisis as the state has just 13 ICU beds open

Gov. Doug Burgum announced in a statement Thursday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved the state's request for federal assistance. Reuters The US Air Force is sending 60 medical personnel to North Dakota to address a staffing crisis, after the Federal Emergency Management Agency approved the state's request for federal assistance. The state has 13 staffed intensive care unit beds available across all of its hospitals, and 211 standard inpatient beds, according to the ...
Tags: Science, Nurses, White House, Trends, North Dakota, Fema, Healthcare, Air Force, US Air Force, Reuters, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Bismarck Tribune, Doug Burgum, Burgum, Healthcare Workers, Coronavirus


Nearly 3,500 federal employees will receive compensation from the US government for contracting COVID-19 at work

NYPD officers wear face masks in Times Square. Noam Galai/Getty Images The US government has agreed to pay compensation benefits to nearly 3,500 federal employees who caught COVID-19 at work, the Department of Labor revealed Friday, per the Washington Post. The agency said the government had granted death benefits to the families of 14 deceased employees on the same grounds. Since the pandemic struck, more than 6,600 federal workers have sought compensation for catching COVID-19 at work. T...
Tags: Politics, Washington Post, Washington, Finance, US, Trends, Benefits, Compensation, United States, Healthcare, Infection, Trump, DOL, Department of Labor, Labor Department, The Labor Department


East San Fernando Valley: A ‘perfect storm’ for alarming coronavirus spread

PACOIMA >> Janet Marinaccio watched as the stream of people wrapped around the block. Alongside, the line of cars stretched for more than 2 miles. Why the clamor? At the end of the lines sat 500 boxes of free food from the nonprofit she leads. Related: Wave of test sites swoop in, responding to deepening San Fernando Valley coronavirus crisis “There’s far more people here than I think anybody imagined,” said Marinaccio, President and CEO of MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity), which hosted the dr...
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Pfizer just asked the FDA to authorize its coronavirus vaccine, a critical step before it can be given to more people

The first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore receiving an injection. University of Maryland School of Medicine/AP Photo Pfizer and BioNTech requested that the US Food and Drug Administration review their coronavirus vaccine for emergency authorization, they announced Friday. The vaccine was found to be 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 in a late-stage trial. The FDA has said it might ...
Tags: News, US, Trends, Healthcare, Fda, Pfizer, Baltimore, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Reuters, US Food and Drug Administration, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Moderna, Andrew Dunn, BioNtech, Albert Bourla


Index ventures into Latin America to back Sofia, a Mexico City-based telemedicine and health insurer

Arturo Sanchez and his co-founders have spent the past two years developing the telemedicine and insurance platform, Sofia, as a way to give customers across Mexico better access to quality healthcare through their insurance plan. Along with his co-founders, Sebastian Jimenez, a former Google employee who serves as the company’s chief product officer, and Manuel Andere an ex-Patreon employee who’s now Sofia’s chief technology officer, Sanchez  (a former Index Ventures employee) is on a path t...
Tags: Google, TC, Technology, Mexico, US, Articles, Insurance, Tech, Mit, United States, Mexico City, Healthcare, Latin America, Telemedicine, Science and Technology, Kaszek Ventures


Pfizer is about to ask the FDA to authorize its coronavirus vaccine, a critical step before it can be given to more people

The first patient enrolled in Pfizer's COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine clinical trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, receives an injection. University of Maryland School of Medicine/AP Photo Pfizer and BioNTech are about to request that the US Food and Drug Administration review their coronavirus vaccine for emergency authorization. The vaccine was 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 in a late-stage trial. The FDA has said it might take weeks to review the...
Tags: News, US, Trends, Healthcare, Fda, Pfizer, Baltimore, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Reuters, US Food and Drug Administration, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Moderna, Andrew Dunn, BioNtech, Allana Akhtar