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Explainer-Americans wonder: Which COVID-19 booster is best?
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Oct 22nd, 2021 - CHICAGO (Reuters) - Americans this week were handed a big decision when it comes to getting a COVID-19 vaccine booster. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday said individuals who qualify could choose a different vaccine from the one they received for their initial inoculation. For Americans asking how to choose, the following is what some experts advise: The CDC ...

Walmart, Walgreens U.S. stores roll out Moderna, J&J COVID-19 booster shots
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Oct 22nd, 2021 - (Reuters) -Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc and Walmart Inc said on Friday their U.S. pharmacies started administering COVID-19 booster shots from Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson, in addition to previously authorized Pfizer-BioNTech booster. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday recommended J&J and Moderna’s booster shots and said Americans can choose a different shot f...

Factbox-Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus
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Oct 22nd, 2021 - (Reuters) - Russia reported a fourth straight daily record of COVID-19 deaths with a week to go before the start of a workplace shutdown ordered by President Vladimir Putin, while Germany’s seven-day incidence rate rose sharply over the past week. * The UK Health Security Agency designated a Delta subvariant called AY.4.2 as a “Variant Under Investigation”, saying on Friday there was some evide...

Walgreens to administer Moderna, J&J COVID-19 booster shots at U.S. stores
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Oct 22nd, 2021 - Oct 22 (Reuters) - Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc said on Friday customers can start receiving booster COVID-19 shots from Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson at its U.S. stores. The move comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday recommended the additional doses and said Americans can choose a different shot from their original inoculation as a booster.

Doctors urge unvaccinated Hungarians to avoid weekend rallies
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Oct 22nd, 2021 - BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary’s main doctors’ association on Friday urged Hungarians not immunised against COVID-19 to stay away from mass rallies this weekend amid a rise in cases across central Europe. The region has the European Union’s lowest vaccination rates, an unwelcome distinction in which both political and economic factors play a role, and deadlier variants of the virus are spreading ...

Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shows 90.7% efficacy in trial in children
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Oct 22nd, 2021 - NEW YORK, Oct 21 (Reuters) - The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine showed 90.7% efficacy against the coronavirus in a clinical trial of five to 11 year olds, the U.S. drugmaker said on Friday. Sixteen children in the trial who had received a placebo got COVID-19, compared with 3 who were vaccinated, Pfizer said in briefing documents submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Because mor...

23andMe to buy telehealth firm Lemonaid for $400 million
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Oct 22nd, 2021 - (Reuters) - Direct-to-consumer DNA testing firm 23andMe Holding Co said on Friday it would buy privately held company Lemonaid Health Inc for $400 million in a cash-and-stock deal, as it looks to expand into telemedicine. Lemonaid Health offers patients direct online access for a number of common conditions, from consultation through treatment. It also offers free and fast delivery of prescript...

Analysis-Vaccinated Singapore shows zero-COVID countries cost of reopening
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Oct 22nd, 2021 - SINGAPORE (Reuters) -Few are left to inoculate in wealthy Singapore after a vigorous campaign achieved a level of coverage envied by many nations battling the coronavirus pandemic, but a record surge in deaths and infections gives warning of risks that may still lie ahead. Despite mask mandates, strict social curbs and COVID-19 booster doses available for over a month, infections in the Asian c...

U.S. CDC advisers recommend Moderna COVID-19 vaccine boosters for some Americans
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Oct 21st, 2021 - (Reuters) - A panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday voted to recommend a booster dose of Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine for people age 65 and older, and some high-risk individuals.

Novavax tumbles after report on COVID-19 vaccine production delay
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Oct 20th, 2021 - (Reuters) -Shares of Novavax Inc fell 16% after a report from Politico said the company faces significant hurdles in proving it can manufacture its experimental COVID-19 vaccine that meets regulators’ quality standards, resulting in production delays. The methods Novavax used to test the efficacy of its vaccine have fallen short of U.S. regulators’ standards, according to the Politico report, c...

Many Indians skipping second COVID shot despite record vaccine stocks
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Oct 19th, 2021 - NEW DELHI, Oct 19 (Reuters) - A “sizeable number” of people in India have not taken their second COVID-19 vaccine dose by the due date despite adequate supplies, the health ministry said on Tuesday, as new infections fell to their lowest since early March. Daily shots have averaged 5 million this month, a fifth of September’s peak, though states are sitting on record stocks of more than 100 mil...

Texas Order Reflects Growing GOP Hostility Over Vaccine Mandates
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Oct 13th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — With the governor of Texas leading the charge, conservative Republicans in several states are moving to block or undercut President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandates for private employers before the regulations are even issued. The growing battle over what some see as o...

Factbox - Countries weigh need for booster COVID-19 shots
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Sep 14th, 2021 - (Reuters) - COVID-19 vaccine booster shots will be made widely available to Americans this month, while several other countries including Britain, Israel, Germany and France, have decided to offer boosters to older adults and people with weak immune systems. There is no consensus yet among scientists and agencies that a third dose is necessary. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Aug. 1...

Feds Slap UPMC, Lead Cardiothoracic Surgeon With Fraud Lawsuit
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Sep 10th, 2021 - Following a 2-year investigation, the US government has filed suit against the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), University of Pittsburgh Physicians (UPP), and James Luketich, MD, for billing related to concurrent surgeries performed by the long-time chair of cardiothoracic surgery. The lawsuit alleges that UPMC "knowingly allowed" Luketich to "book and perform three surgeries at ...

AAP Releases Guidelines for Febrile Infants
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Aug 13th, 2021 - The long-anticipated American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for the treatment of well-appearing febrile infants have arrived, and key points include updated guidance for cerebrospinal fluid testing and urine cultures, according to Robert Pantell, MD, and Kenneth Roberts, MD, who presented the guidelines at the virtual Pediatric Hospital Medicine annual conference. The AAP guideline was publi...

UPDATE 1-A container port in eastern China suspends operation due to COVID-19 case
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Aug 11th, 2021 - (Adds details) BEIJING, Aug 11 (Reuters) - A container port in China’s eastern marine hub Ningbo has suspended operation after a member of staff tested positive for COVID-19 on Aug. 10, said a port official at a press briefing on Wednesday. Ningbo Meidong Container Terminal Corp, a subsidiary of Ningbo Zhoushan Port Company Ltd , has also suspended all inbound and lift-off services from 03:30 a...

A container port in eastern China suspends operation on a COVID-19 case
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Aug 11th, 2021 - BEIJING, Aug 11 (Reuters) - A container port in China’s eastern marine hub Ningbo has suspended operation after a staff was tested positive for COVID-19 on August 10, said a port official at a press briefing on Wednesday. Ningbo Meidong Container Terminal Corp, a subsidiary of Ningbo Zhoushan Port Company Ltd , has also suspended all inbound and lift-off services from 03:30 a.m. local time on W...

China's Sinovac to invest $60 million in vaccine facility in Chile
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Aug 4th, 2021 - SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chinese pharmaceutical Sinovac Biotech Ltd on Wednesday said it will build a fill-and-finish vaccine plant in Chile with an investment of $60 million, consolidating its presence in the Latin American nation that has used its COVID-19 shot the most. Chile has run one of the world’s fastest vaccination campaigns, so far fully vaccinating more than 60% of its population, inclu...

China's Sinovac to invest $60 mln in vaccine facility in Chile
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Aug 4th, 2021 - SANTIAGO, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Chinese pharmaceutical Sinovac Biotech Ltd on Wednesday said it will build a fill-and-finish vaccine plant in Chile with an investment of $60 million, consolidating its presence in the Latin American nation that has used its COVID-19 shot the most. Chile has run one of the world’s fastest vaccination campaigns, so far fully vaccinating more than 60% of its population...

Spain's Reig Jofre delays start of J&J vaccine production to second half
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Jul 29th, 2021 - BARCELONA, July 29 (Reuters) - Spanish pharmaceutical Reig Jofre said on Thursday that it will start producing the COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. company Johnson & Johnson starting in the second half of the year, later than previously announced. Reig Jofre had said in April that its new plant in Barcelona would start producing the vaccine by the end of the second quarter. In its first-half ...