Covid vaccine maker CureVac hopes shot will get EU approval in June

Coronavirus vaccine maker CureVac has said it hopes its Covid shot will receive European approval in the second quarter. CureVac’s CEO Franz-Werner Haas told CNBC Thursday that the vaccine maker was close to finalizing the recruitment for the vaccine’s Phase 3 clinical trial. Approval could come not long after, he said, given the urgent need… Continue reading Covid vaccine maker CureVac hopes shot will get EU approval in June

The Viral TikTok That Explains Vaccine Science — And Makes You Laugh

I’ve spent 30 years trying to make complicated science understandable. Explaining how vaccines work can be especially tricky. Explaining the new technology used in COVID-19 vaccines can be trickier still. So my heart filled with joy and delight when I saw Vick Krishna’s TikTok explaining how the vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna work. So… Continue reading The Viral TikTok That Explains Vaccine Science — And Makes You Laugh

Vladimir Putin gets coronavirus vaccine behind closed doors

Russia President, Vladimir Putin received his Covid-19 vaccination behind close doors on Tuesday according a statement released by the Kremlin. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media late Tuesday night, March 23: “Putin was vaccinated against the coronavirus. (He) feels good. Tomorrow he has a full working day.” No video or images of the vaccination… Continue reading Vladimir Putin gets coronavirus vaccine behind closed doors

Stop Blaming Tuskegee, Critics Say. It’s Not An ‘Excuse’ For Current Medical Racism

For months, journalists, politicians and health officials – from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to Dr. Anthony Fauci – have invoked the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study to explain why Black Americans are more hesitant than white Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine. “It’s ‘Oh, Tuskegee, Tuskegee, Tuskegee,’ and it’s mentioned every single time,” says Karen… Continue reading Stop Blaming Tuskegee, Critics Say. It’s Not An ‘Excuse’ For Current Medical Racism

Coronavirus FAQs: Can I Drink Between Vaccine Doses? What Is ‘Vaccine Efficacy’?

SHEILA MULROONEY ELDRED People are wondering if alcohol in between vaccine doses might have an impact on your body’s reaction to the vaccination. Each week, we answer “frequently asked questions” about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you’d like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with… Continue reading Coronavirus FAQs: Can I Drink Between Vaccine Doses? What Is ‘Vaccine Efficacy’?

Little Difference In Vaccine Hesitancy Among White And Black Americans, Poll Finds

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 11: A dose of the new one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at a vaccination event at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in South Los Angeles on March 11, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. The event was hosted by California health officials and FEMA. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is now the third coronavirus vaccine to receive emergency approval for use in the United States. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

There is little difference in reluctance to take the coronavirus vaccine among Black and white people in the U.S., according to the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey. Among those who responded to the survey, 73% of Black people and 70% of White people said that they either planned to get a coronavirus vaccine or had done… Continue reading Little Difference In Vaccine Hesitancy Among White And Black Americans, Poll Finds

Florida Women Pose As ‘Grannies’ In Foiled Plot To Get 2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

January 26, 2021 - Orlando, Florida, United States - A sign directs people in cars to a COVID-19 drive-thru vaccination site operated by the Florida Department of Health at the Orange County Convention Center on January 26, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. More than one million seniors 65 and older have been vaccinated in the state. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Two Florida women disguised themselves as elderly grandmothers in an unsuccessful attempt to get their second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, officials said Thursday. Dr. Raul Pino, the director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, told reporters that the women were caught dressing up as “grannies” — “the bonnets, the gloves, the… Continue reading Florida Women Pose As ‘Grannies’ In Foiled Plot To Get 2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

Why Native Americans Are Getting the COVID-19 Vaccines Faster

Lila Kills In Sight lost her 81 year old mother to COVID-19 on November 23rd. “I really don’t know who to be mad at,” she said. “Who do I take my frustration to, how do I deal with it?” Kills In Sight, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, is the first to say… Continue reading Why Native Americans Are Getting the COVID-19 Vaccines Faster

Up Against Mutants, WHO Says AstraZeneca Vaccine Is Still A Good Bet

The World Health Organization says countries should move forward with using the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID vaccine even in places with variant strains of the virus. WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, which is known as SAGE, today issued new interim recommendations for the AstraZeneca vaccine specifically to address concerns about its effectiveness in South… Continue reading Up Against Mutants, WHO Says AstraZeneca Vaccine Is Still A Good Bet

EU To Get 9 Million More AstraZeneca Doses After Supply Row

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives a presser at the end of a video conference meeting of the members of the European Council focused on the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic, in Brussels, on January 21, 2021. - The EU leaders will discuss coordination on the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including the large-scale roll-out of vaccines and the deployment of all available instruments to limit the spread of the virus. (Photo by Olivier HOSLET / POOL / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER HOSLET/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

AstraZeneca will deliver nine million additional doses to the European Union in the first quarter of this year, bringing the total number of doses to 40 million, but falling well short of earlier supply promises. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in her announcement Sunday that the company would also deliver the vaccines… Continue reading EU To Get 9 Million More AstraZeneca Doses After Supply Row