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Pfizer is testing out a 3rd booster shot to bolster its COVID-19 vaccine against new variants

Pfizer will continue its COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial with the testing of third-dose booster shots. Dado Ruvic/Reuters Pfizer and BioNTech will study whether a third dose of their COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. The companies will offer booster shots to those who participated in their initial clinical trial. Booster shots may be necessary to keep up with the coronavirus' mutations and new variants. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Pfizer and BioNTech annou...
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Pfizer is testing a 3rd booster shot to bolster its COVID-19 vaccine against new variants

Pfizer says it will continue its COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial with the testing of third-dose booster shots. Dado Ruvic/Reuters Pfizer and BioNTech say they'll study safety and efficacy of a third dose of their COVID-19 vaccine. The companies plan to offer booster shots to those who participated in their initial clinical trial. Booster shots may be necessary to keep up with the coronavirus' mutations and new variants. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Pfizer and Bio...
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Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine performs just as well in the real world as it did in trials, a landmark Israeli study of more than 1 million people suggests. It was 94% effective.

Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau receives a COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine at the Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, December 20, 2020. Ariel Schalit/AP Photo Pfizer-BioNTech's two-dose coronavirus vaccine was 94% effective at protecting against COVID-19 in a real-world study. In late-stage clinical trials before it was authorized, it was 95% effective. The new Israeli study of the Pfizer vaccine involved more than 1 million people. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. P...
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A coronavirus variant identified in California is more infectious, more deadly, and cases are doubling every 18 days, a study suggests - but the scale of the threat is unclear

Principal Pam Rasmussen (L) takes the temperature of arriving students as per coronavirus guidelines during summer school sessions in Monterey Park, California on July 9, 2020. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images A coronavirus variant first found in California is more contagious and deadlier than the original strain, an early study suggests. The study, first reported by Science, hasn't been formally scrutinized by other experts in a peer review. Some experts say more data is needed befo...
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A coronavirus variant identified in California seems more infectious and deadly, a study found, with cases thought to be doubling every 18 days - but the scale of the threat is unclear

Pam Rasmussen, a principal, taking the temperature of arriving students during summer-school sessions in Monterey Park, California, on July 9. FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images A study suggests a coronavirus variant first found in California is more contagious and deadly. The early study, first reported by Science, hasn't been formally scrutinized in a peer review. Some experts say more data is needed before the strain is considered especially dangerous. Visit the Business section of ...
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A single shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of infection by 70%, the first real-world data suggests

Medical assistant April Massaro gives a first dose of Pfizer BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine to nurse Alice Fallago at Desert Valley Hospital on Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Victorville, California. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images One shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine reduced the risk of coronavirus infection by 70% in a UK study. The COVID-19 vaccine's protection increased to 85% in those who got two shots. The data showed Pfizer's vaccine worked against a mutated va...
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A single shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine reduces the risk of infection by 70%, the first real-world UK data suggests

Medical assistant April Massaro gives a first dose of Pfizer BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine to nurse Alice Fallago at Desert Valley Hospital on Thursday, December 17, 2020 in Victorville, California. Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images One shot of Pfizer and BioNTech's vaccine reduced the risk of coronavirus infection by 70% in a UK study. The COVID-19 vaccine's protection increased to 85% in those who got two shots. The data showed Pfizer's vaccine worked against a mutated va...
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All the differences between each COVID-19 vaccine, summarized in a simple table that you can take to your vaccination appointment

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is one of two that have been authorized for emergency use to fight the pandemic across the US. The other vaccine available is from Pfizer. Radek Mica /AFP via Getty Images COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca all have unique features. They vary in effectiveness, their potential side effects, dosage, and the approved ages for each shot. Here is a table that compares them all. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. C...
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The coronavirus variant found in South Africa has been detected in a New York resident for the first time. 10 states have reported cases so far.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty The coronavirus variant first found in South Africa has been detected in a New York resident, Gov. Cuomo said Sunday. The variant, called B.1.351, has spread to 36 countries, and 10 states in the US. The variant from South Africa may be able to evade vaccines, studies suggest. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The coronavirus variant found in South Africa has been confirmed in a New York residen...
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States are lifting COVID-19 mask mandates, but with the pace of vaccinations and spread of variants, it's too soon

People wait in line in a Disneyland parking lot to receive Covid-19 vaccines on the opening day of the Disneyland Covid-19 vaccination site in Anaheim, California. Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images Some states have dramatically lifted COVID-19 restrictions, including mask mandates. But experts say the US is in a race against the clock to vaccinate before the variants spread. While some restrictions can be eased as case numbers decrease, experts say masks should be the last to go. Visit the Bu...
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States are lifting COVID-19 mask mandates, but with the pace of vaccinations and spread of variants, experts say it's too soon

People waiting in a Disneyland parking lot in Anaheim, California, to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images Some states have dramatically lifted COVID-19 restrictions, including mask mandates. But experts say the US is in a race against the clock to vaccinate before the variants spread. While some restrictions can be eased as cases decrease, experts say masks should be the last to go. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. As COVID-19 case numbers conti...
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COVID-19 hospitalizations reach the lowest they've been since early November

A doctor checks the vital signs of a patient at the Intensive Care Unit of Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California on January 3, 2021. Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images COVID-19 hospitalizations are less than half of what they were during their peak last month.  Cases and deaths have also been on the decline, but experts warn against complacency.  Public health experts worry that new, more transmissible strains could cause another surge.  Visit the Business sect...
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Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine produces a much weaker immune response against the variant found in South Africa, a new study suggests

Margaret Keenan, 90, the first patient in the United Kingdom to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech covid-19 vaccine, speaks with Healthcare assistant Lorraine Hill as she prepares to leave University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire, the day after receiving the first of two doses of the vaccine, on December 9, 2020 in Coventry, United Kingdom. The UK is the first country in the world to start vaccinating people with the Pfizer/BioNTech jab. Jonny Weeks/The Guardian - Pool/Getty Images Pfizer-BioN...
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A coronavirus variant with a mutation that 'likely helps it escape' antibodies is already in at least 11 countries, including the US

A scientist working on COVID-19 samples to find variations of the virus. Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images A new coronavirus variant has been reported in the US, the UK, and nine other countries. One of its mutations could help it escape neutralizing antibodies, one expert said. Mutations are seen as one of the biggest obstacles to ending the coronavirus pandemic. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A new coronavirus variant with three mutations "of biological significa...
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A coronavirus variant with a mutation which 'likely helps it escape' antibodies is already in at least 11 countries, including the US

A scientist works on COVID-19 samples to find variations of the virus. Jeff Pachoud/AFP via Getty Images A new variant of the coronavirus has been reported in the US, UK, and 9 other countries. One of its mutations could help it escape neutralizing antibodies, one expert said.  Mutations in the virus are one of the biggest obstacles to ending the pandemic. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A new variant with three "mutations of biological significance" has been detect...
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No silver bullet for Covid-19, but rather a cocktail

It is no good waiting for a vaccine or ivermectin or other miracle cures, we just need to do what we can do now The post No silver bullet for Covid-19, but rather a cocktail appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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UK coronavirus variant could be more lethal than original strain, possibly by up to 70 percent, scientists say

People wait in line in a Disneyland parking lot to receive Covid-19 vaccines on the opening day of the Disneyland Covid-19 vaccination site in Anaheim, California. Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images A coronavirus variant that originated in the UK is known to be more transmissible. Now scientists are saying the B.1.1.7 variant is likely more deadly than the original strain. The variant is spreading across the US and to at least 82 other countries. Visit the Business section of Insider for more ...
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The coronavirus will stick around forever

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Hello,We've made it to the middle of February! How's everyone feeling about the fact that March is just a couple weeks away? I'm feeling a bit heartened hearing that case counts across the US are dropping, while an increasing number of people are getting vaccinated. Are you new to this newsletter? Sign up here for daily dispatches from Insider's healthcare team. Samantha Lee/Insider Variants, vaccines, and a potential endemic future For the past few...
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The Pfizer vaccine could be effective against the 2 most dangerous COVID-19 variants, according to new data

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine demonstrated 95% efficacy in preventing COVID-19 in December, 2020. Dado Ruvic/Reuters The Pfizer vaccine triggers a strong response against two prominent COVID-19 variants, per a new study. The variants — first found in the UK and South Africa — led to fears that vaccines might not work on them. The study appears to rebut that theory, but the results are preliminary and not yet peer-reviewed.  Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The Pfizer v...
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A coronavirus variant with a 'similar change' to the fast-spreading variant in the UK and US, has emerged in Uganda

A health worker takes a nasal swab from a patient in Cape Town, South Africa. Nardus Engelbrecht/AP Photos A coronavirus variant found in Uganda has a similar change to a fast-spreading variant in UK and US. The variant in Uganda, called A.23.1, is "of potential biological concern," GISAID said.  The likely impact of its mutations is not yet clear. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A coronavirus variant has been detected in Uganda that has a mutation similar to th...
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California is now the 4th state to report cases of the more infectious coronavirus variant found in South Africa

Alameda County workers line up to receive coronavirus vaccines outside St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, California on January 8, 2021. Jessica Christian/The San Francisco Chronicle/Getty Images California is the latest state to report cases of the more transmissible coronavirus variant found in South Africa The variant, first identified in in October, has been found in at least four US states. The variant seems to partially evade immunity gained in response to vaccines or infection with the o...
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An epidemiologist is concerned that a highly contagious coronavirus variant could get a foothold in Florida thanks to the Super Bowl

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans celebrate after Super Bowl LV on February 7, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Octavio Jones/Getty Images Florida public health expert Cindy Prins is "very concerned" about the spread of highly contagious variant found in the UK following Sunday's Super Bowl. Many Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans in Florida didn't wear masks and disregarded social distancing recommendations after a Super Bowl win against Kansas City Chiefs. Florida has the highest number of reported B.1.1.7 cases i...
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Coronavirus shots may become an annual affair

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Hello,Today in healthcare news: Coronavirus-fighting booster shots are expected in the UK by the fall, an analysis around why delaying second doses might be worthwhile, and the US paid $44 million to Deloitte for a glitchy vaccine appointment system.  Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images Booster shots are likely in the UK this fall to combat coronavirus variants - a sign vaccines may become an annual affair Existing coronavirus vaccines ...
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Dr. Fauci says we risk creating more powerful COVID-19 variants if we delay second shots of the vaccine

Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a White House press briefing on January 21, 2021 in Washington DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci warned against delaying second COVID-19 shots on Monday. He warned it could be a recipe for new variants to spread, by giving people weaker immunity. Fauci said while 1 shot gives "some" protection, data suggests 2 shots are "10-fold" better. Visit the Business section of Insider for more ...
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Fauci says we risk creating more powerful COVID-19 variants if we delay 2nd shots of the vaccine

Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases during a White House press briefing on January 21. Alex Wong/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci warned against delaying second COVID-19 shots on Monday. He said it could be a recipe for new variants to spread by giving people weaker immunity. While one shot gives "some" protection, data suggests two shots are "tenfold" better, Fauci said. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Dr. Antho...
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More contagious coronavirus variant from UK is doubling every 10 days in US, new study warns

People wait in line in a Disneyland parking lot to receive Covid-19 vaccines on the opening day of the Disneyland Covid-19 vaccination site in Anaheim, California. Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images The extra transmissible UK coronavirus variant is spreading quickly in the US, a new study says.  The variant, B.1.1.7, is doubling every 10 days in the US, according to the new research.  The researchers urged the US to monitor virus variants better to avoid "devastating consequences." Visit the B...
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Variants are threatening our vaccine progress

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Hello,We on the healthcare desk are just brimming with pride this week after learning that our very own Megan Hernbroth won an award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California chapter! Her award was for her excellent reporting on the downfall of Zume Pizza, a pizza-robot company backed by SoftBank.The next time you chat with Megan, be sure to say congratulations! Even better? Come join her in a discussion next week with top VCs about t...
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AstraZeneca says it's developing a 'next generation' COVID-19 vaccine to target fast-spreading variants, and it could be ready by Autumn

82-year-old Brian Pinker receives the Oxford University/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on January 4, 2021 in Oxford, England. Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images UK pharma giant AstraZeneca and Oxford University are co-developing a 'next generation' COVID-19 vaccine. These vaccines will be designed to combat coronavirus variants, including those found in the UK and South Africa. Mene Pangalos, executive vice-president at AstraZeneca, said they're aiming to have it ready by autumn, per Reut...
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The coronavirus variant found in the UK and spreading through the US appears to be evolving a new mutation that scientists fear could help it evade vaccines

A man receives a coronavirus vaccine Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images A key mutation found in the coronavirus variants in South Africa and Brazil has now been detected in the variant found in the UK. Scientists believe the E488K mutation could help the coronavirus evade antibodies. They fear it could mean that vaccines work less well, or that people get re-infected. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The coronavirus variant first found in the UK and spreading around the world a...
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Pfizer CEO vows to speed up new vaccine development to under 100 days to combat the 'high likelihood' that current COVID-19 shots become ineffective

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais At a virtual Davos economic forum, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said there's a "high likelihood" that COVID-19 vaccines will become ineffective in the future. Bourla said the company is working to ensure it can produce a high efficacy vaccine in 100 days or less, a radically sped up development timeline. Former BARDA director Richard Hatchett also stressed the need for governments to see infectious diseases as an "existential threat to...
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