Ahead of the Olympics, Japan’s vaccine minister says he fears a virus uptick in Tokyo

Astrazeneca’s Covid vaccine is ‘very important’ for Japan, says ministerJapan is working closely with the International Olympic Committee to prepare for the Games and despite concerns about Covid-19 cases flaring, there are no plans to postpone, said Japan’s minister in charge of vaccinations. “Unless they decide otherwise, we just simply need to prepare for the… Continue reading Ahead of the Olympics, Japan’s vaccine minister says he fears a virus uptick in Tokyo

Study: COVID-19 Vaccine Is Safe During Pregnancy And May Protect Baby, Too

Since the pandemic began, pregnant people have faced a difficult choice: to vaccinate or not to vaccinate. The risk of severe disease or even death from COVID-19 — while small — is higher during pregnancy. More than 82,000 coronavirus infections among pregnant individuals and 90 maternal deaths from the disease have been reported in the… Continue reading Study: COVID-19 Vaccine Is Safe During Pregnancy And May Protect Baby, Too

Immunocompromised And Concerned About The Vaccine? Here’s What You Need To Know

Lots of people have questions about getting vaccinated against COVID-19. That includes the millions of Americans with weakened immune systems that put them at higher risk of severe disease if they do get infected with the coronavirus. “Patients want to know whether it’s safe to get it and, if they do get it, which one… Continue reading Immunocompromised And Concerned About The Vaccine? Here’s What You Need To Know

Biden To Announce $4 Billion For Global COVID-19 Vaccine Effort

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16: U.S. President Joe Biden walks toward reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on February 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden is traveling to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a town hall event to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and a $1.9 trillion relief bill he is trying to pass through Congress. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President Biden is set on Friday to announce a total of $4 billion in contributions to COVAX, the vaccine alliance trying to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to 92 low- and middle-income countries, a senior administration official told reporters. Biden will make the announcement during a virtual meeting of G-7 leaders about the pandemic. The funding for… Continue reading Biden To Announce $4 Billion For Global COVID-19 Vaccine Effort

AstraZeneca races to adapt Covid vaccine as South Africa suspends rollout

use of the shot in its vaccination program after a study, published Sunday and not yet peer-reviewed, found that the vaccine offered “minimal protection” against mild to moderate disease caused by the South African variant. Researchers from the University of Witwatersrand and others in South Africa, and the University of Oxford, noted that the study… Continue reading AstraZeneca races to adapt Covid vaccine as South Africa suspends rollout

White House says U.S. states can’t directly purchase Covid vaccine under emergency use authorization

White House chief of staff Ron Klain said Sunday that it’s not possible for U.S. states to purchase Covid-19 vaccines directly from manufacturers, as some have sought to do, under the emergency use authorization issued by the Food and Drug Administration. “As a matter of law, this vaccine is under an emergency use authorization,” Klain… Continue reading White House says U.S. states can’t directly purchase Covid vaccine under emergency use authorization

New York Gov. Cuomo asks to buy Covid vaccine directly from Pfizer amid dose shortages

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla Monday for the ability to buy Covid-19 vaccine doses directly from the company. But the company in a statement said the Department of Health and Human Services would need to approve such a model first. The request comes after an alarmingly slow start to the… Continue reading New York Gov. Cuomo asks to buy Covid vaccine directly from Pfizer amid dose shortages

Pfizer to temporarily reduce Covid vaccine deliveries to Europe

reduce the number of doses of its coronavirus vaccine being delivered to Europe. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health received a message from Pfizer “little before 10 o’clock” Friday, according to a translation of a statement released by the authority shortly afterwards. NIPH’s statement said that deliveries of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine would be reduced from… Continue reading Pfizer to temporarily reduce Covid vaccine deliveries to Europe

Microsoft, Salesforce and Oracle back plan to develop a digital Covid vaccination passport

LONDON — A digital Covid vaccination passport is being jointly developed by a group of health and technology companies who anticipate that governments, airlines and other firms will soon start asking people for proof that they have been inoculated. A coalition known as the Vaccination Credential Initiative — which includes Microsoft, Salesforce and Oracle, as… Continue reading Microsoft, Salesforce and Oracle back plan to develop a digital Covid vaccination passport

US President-elect Joe Biden to receive second Covid-19 vaccine dose today

US President-elect, Joe Biden will receive his second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, January 11, three weeks after his first injection was broadcast live on TV to boost public confidence in the jab. Mr. Biden, 78, told Americans “there’s nothing to worry about” when he got his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine… Continue reading US President-elect Joe Biden to receive second Covid-19 vaccine dose today