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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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Why America's vaccine rollout was a total disaster - and what it means for the next few months

Business Insider Jonathan Drake/Reuters; Samantha Lee/Insider The US developed coronavirus vaccines in record time last year. But the process of getting those shots into people's arms is going horrendously slow, just as more Americans are dying from the virus than ever before. The blame lies with a president who either forgot — or didn't care enough — to finish off the country's vaccination plan, setting the US on the back foot. There are promising signs that this vaccine drive ...
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There are no extra COVID-19 vaccines doses left to send to states, despite Trump's health officials promising to release more 3 days ago

Boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant in Portage, Michigan on Sunday, December 13, 2020. AP/Morry Gash/Pool Federal officials promised earlier this week to stop stockpiling second doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, and instead use them to get more people their first shots. That statement prompted many states to open up vaccine distribution to a wider swath of the public thi...
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Hundreds of New Yorkers descended on a vaccination site after a Facebook post said there were over 400 spare shots

A pharmacist fills a syringe to prepare a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for front-line health care workers at a vaccination site at Torrance Memorial Medical Center on December 19, 2020 in Torrance, California. Patrick T. Fallon / AFP via Getty Images A Facebook post said there were more than 400 extra vaccine doses available in New York City for walk-in appointments that needed to be used before 7pm. Swarms of New Yorkers lined up at Brooklyn Grand Army Terminal seeking the...
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A COVID-19 test result means nothing if you don't isolate before and after

Boots You should self-isolate for 5 to 7 days before getting tested for COVID-19 and stay home until you get your results. That might require quarantining after a possible exposure or planning ahead before traveling. Testing too early, or seeing people while you wait to get tested, means your results won't catch your most recent exposures. Going out into the world before you get your results back could also invalidate a negative test. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If...
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Biden plans to release the entire coronavirus vaccine supply instead of reserving half to guarantee second doses

President-elect Joe Biden receives his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware on December 21, 2020. Carolyn Kaster/AP President-elect Joe Biden plans to release all available coronavirus vaccine doses when he takes office on January 20, CNN reported.  The Trump administration is currently holding back half the supply to guarantee there will be enough for two shots per person. But some public-health experts say the US could be more generous with the...
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When will AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine be available in the US?

AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine. Dado Ruvic/Reuters In the UK, vaccines Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca are being used to fight the pandemic. AstraZeneca's hasn't been approved for use yet in the US. AstraZeneca may not apply for a US FDA Emergency Use Authorization until the spring. The data from their UK trial was "odd" and had one "pretty serious error" in it, a US vaccine expert said.  AstraZeneca is now conducting a larger trial of nearly 30,000 people in the US.  Visit Business I...
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CDC: With nearly 5 million Americans vaccinated, just 29 have had confirmed allergic reactions

Diana Carolina, a pharmacist at Memorial Healthcare System, receives a Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at Memorial Healthcare System, on December 14, 2020 in Miramar, Florida. Joe Raedle/Getty Images The CDC has released its first set of data about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines. So far, only 29 people of the 5 million vaccinated have had confirmed, allergic reactions after vaccination in the US. "Our vaccine safety systems haven't picked up any worrisome signals," the CDC's Nancy Messon...
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Why you're not fully protected from COVID-19 after a single vaccine dose

Both Pfizer and Moderna'a COVID-19 vaccines require two shots, given weeks apart. Siphiwe Sibeko/Pool via AP Most COVID-19 vaccines are given as two shots, administered several weeks apart.  Protection does not start when the needle hits your arm.  It takes some days after each shot for the body to mount its own immune response to the novel coronavirus and prevent disease. Experts don't know exactly how protected from infection people are after their first shot, but there are signs of ...
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New UK COVID-19 vaccine recommendations say 'it is reasonable' for people to mix and match different shots, even though there's not yet evidence that works

A nurse prepares to inject staff with the Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine at Bradley Manor residential care home in Belfast on December 9, 2020. Liam McBurney/PA Images via Getty Images The UK has authorized two different coronavirus vaccines: one from Pfizer/BioNTech, and another from AstraZeneca/University of Oxford. Both require two doses, given several weeks apart.  The British government is suggesting that people could mix and match their two COVID-19 shots, if need be. There's a tri...
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Why you have to wear a mask for a few months after you get your COVID-19 vaccine

A man wears a mask in Los Angeles on June 18. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines signals a step towards normalcy, but it doesn't mean you should stop wearing a mask. Mask-wearing and social distancing are vital to keep yourself and others safe while we wait for the vaccine to become more widely available. The vaccine won't protect you right away, and we still don't know whether it keeps you from contracting the virus or if it just prevent...
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Florida and Texas have started vaccinating people 65 and older against the coronavirus, breaking with CDC guidelines

Vera Leip, 88, receives a COVID-19 vaccine at the John Knox Village Continuing Care Retirement Community in Pompano Beach, Florida, on December 16, 2020. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Florida and Texas residents age 65 and older are now able to get coronavirus vaccines. The decision bucks CDC recommendations that say essential workers and people older than 75 should be next. "The problem is people that are 73, 74 would be in the back of the line for a young 21-year-old worker who's considered 'e...
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Most vaccine skeptics are persuadable and will get the COVID-19 shot, says a Nobel prize-winner who studies vaccine hesitancy

Dr. Abhijit Banerjee on November 16, 2012 in New Delhi, India. Banerjee was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics in 2019 along with his wife Esther Duflo and Harvard professor Michael Kremer for their research on how to alleviate poverty, which has revolutionized the field of development economics. Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee has studied what motivates vaccine-hesitant people to change their minds.  He's found that most people don't have "str...
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The 11 most mind-blowing, awe-inspiring health discoveries and innovations of 2020

United Parcel Service President of Global Healthcare, Wesley Wheeler, holds up a sample of the vial that will be used to transport the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at a Senate Transportation subcommittee hybrid hearing on December 10, 2020, in Washington, DC. Samuel Corum / AFP via Getty Images In 2020, scientists learned a lot about the coronavirus, developing several impressive new vaccines. Striking innovations included a new treatment for peanut allergies, and a non-hormonal gel birth contr...
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The 11 most mind-blowing health discoveries and innovations of 2020

United Parcel Service President of Global Healthcare, Wesley Wheeler, holds up a sample of the vial that will be used to transport the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at a Senate Transportation subcommittee hybrid hearing on December 10, 2020, in Washington, DC. Samuel Corum / AFP via Getty Images In 2020, scientists learned a lot about the coronavirus, developing several impressive new vaccines. Striking innovations included a new treatment for peanut allergies, and a non-hormonal gel birth contr...
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Which coronavirus vaccine will you get?

Ohio State employee Lauren Chisholm, left, receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination from Robert Weber AP Photo/Jay LaPrete Pfizer and Moderna's coronavirus vaccines are very similar in terms of how they were made, and their safety and efficacy, but seem to differ slightly in the severity of side effects and how they work in older populations.  Because Pfizer's needs to be stored at very cold temperatures, it will be distributed at larger institutions while Moderna's vaccine may be m...
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Coronavirus vaccines don't contain microchips. Here's what's actually in the shots.

A nurse prepares a coronavirus vaccine shot developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., July 2020. Hans Pennink/AP The coronavirus vaccine does not contain a microchip, contrary to a widely-shared conspiracy theory. The false claim that says Bill Gates is plotting to use the vaccine to track people via microchip may have come from a Facebook video containing altered and out-of-context interviews. The vaccine actually contains a tiny piece of genetic material encased in...
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Photos show the first batches of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine being packaged and shipped across the US

Boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped. AP Photo/Paul Sancya, Pool The Food and Drug Administration on Friday granted an emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the biotech firm Moderna and the US National Institutes of Health. The two-shot Moderna/NIH vaccine was approximately 94.5% effective at preventing COVID-19 in a large clinical trial. The FDA last week issued the same authorization for the vaccine created by Pfizer and Bio...
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At least 4 people have had allergic reactions after Pfizer's vaccine, among hundreds of thousands who've been vaccinated. Here's what we know.

MARK LENNIHAN/POOL/AFP/Getty Hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers across the US and UK are beginning to get Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. So far, there have been at least 4 reports of non life-threatening allergic reactions, shortly after people got their first shots. 2 allergic reactions happened in the UK last week, and 2 more were recorded at an Alaska hospital this week. It's still not clear what's causing the reactions. The FDA says people should only refrain from vaccination if ...
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Moderna is on the cusp of getting its COVID-19 vaccine authorized

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 Hi,Happy Friday! In a sign that it's been quite a long week (two weeks, really), I'm so sorry for sending an energy-focused newsletter to you earlier this morning. (Though if you are interested in more energy reporting, do subscribe to Benji Jones' newsletter Insider Energy he...
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FDA expert panel endorses Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, clearing the way for regulators to green-light the shot

Moderna; Samantha Lee/Business Insider An influential Food and Drug Administration expert panel voted Thursday in favor of authorizing Moderna's coronavirus vaccine. The FDA isn't required to follow the group's advice but often does so. The agency could OK Moderna's shot on Friday, according to media reports. Twenty of the 21 committee members voted yes, and one panelist abstained.  If the vaccine gets the FDA's regulatory go-ahead, the government plans to ship 5.9 million doses of Modern...
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FDA expert panel endorses Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, clearing the way for regulators to greenlight the shot

Moderna; Samantha Lee/Business Insider An influential FDA expert panel voted Thursday in favor of authorizing Moderna's coronavirus vaccine.  The US Food and Drug Administration isn't required to follow the group's advice, but often does so. The agency could OK Moderna's shot on Friday, according to media reports. Twenty of the 21 committee members voted yes, and one panelist abstained.  If the vaccine gets the FDA's regulatory go-ahead, the government plans to ship 5.9 million doses of M...
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LIVE: An FDA expert panel is meeting today to discuss Moderna's coronavirus vaccine, likely paving the way for the 2nd authorized COVID-19 shot in the US

Moderna; Samantha Lee/Business Insider An influential expert panel is meeting Thursday to vote on authorizing Moderna's coronavirus vaccine.  By the end of the day, the committee will vote on whether or not to recommend emergency use authorization. The US Food and Drug Administration isn't required to follow the group's advice, but often does so. The agency could OK Moderna's shot as soon as Thursday night or Friday, according to media reports. Healthcare and science reporters Andrew Dunn...
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Coronavirus vaccines, compared

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,Phew, what a week it's been! It's Thursday, which means it's time for another FDA advisory committee meeting, this time on Moderna's vaccine. We'll keep you posted on how the day unfolds.An event to get on your calendar: On Friday at 1 p.m. ET I'll be chatting with healt...
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Trump administration appointee at HHS pushed a strategy of young, healthy people getting infected with COVID-19 to 'develop immunity and help stop the spread'

Jeffrey Basinger/Newsday via Getty Images Paul Alexander, a former top science advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services, pushed for a strategy of infecting as many young people as possible to reach "herd immunity" against COVID-19.  A number of Alexander's emails outlining the idea were recently obtained by the House of Representatives and first reported by Politico. Alexander left the agency in September.  "Infants, kids, teens, young people, young adults, middle aged with ...
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The first people in the US got COVID-19 shots

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,On Tuesday morning, the Food and Drug Administration released documents related to its review of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine. They show that Moderna's vaccine is highly effective at preventing people from getting COVID-19, similar to the Pfizer-BioNTech shot. The docum...
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One chart shows how effective Moderna's vaccine is at preventing people from getting COVID-19

Nurse Kath Olmstead, right, gives volunteer Melissa Harting an injection as part of a COVID-19 vaccine trial, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., on July 27, 2020. Hans Pennink/AP The Food and Drug Administration released data about Moderna's coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday. The FDA data suggests the company's two-shot course works very well to prevent COVID-19 infections. If authorized by the FDA, Moderna's shot would become the US's second coronavirus vaccine....
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Watch an ICU nurse from New York City receive the first COVID-19 vaccine in the US

The first Pfizer vaccine in New York went to Sandra Lindsay, a nurse who works in Queens, on Monday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo livestreamed the vaccination. Periscope / Governor Andrew Cuomo The first person to be publicly vaccinated against the coronavirus in the US was an intensive-care-unit nurse from Queens, New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo livestreamed the event on Periscope on Monday. "I feel like healing is coming," the nurse, Sandra Lindsay, said after she got her first shot. "I hope t...
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Top US officials could be offered the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as Monday, but Trump said he'd wait to receive it until the 'appropriate time'

President Donald Trump on Sunday seemed to back away from the idea that top government officials would largely be among those first in line for a coronavirus vaccine. Vincent Kalut / Photonews via Getty Images President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday night that he'd wait until the "appropriate time" to receive a coronavirus vaccine. His tweet, in which he also said White House staff members would be vaccinated "somewhat later in the program," came after reports indicated top US government off...
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Top US officials could be offered the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as Monday, but Trump said he will wait to receive it until the 'appropriate time'

The vaccine will be offered to Trump and other officials deemed essential to avoid a government disruption. Vincent Kalut / Photonews via Getty Images President Donald Trump and other top US officials could receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as Monday, but the president has said he will wait to receive it until the "appropriate time." It is not clear when President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will have access to the shots. The Food and Drug Administration grant...
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