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U.K. Regulator Recommends Continued Use Of AstraZeneca Vaccine Despite 7 Deaths Linked To Blood Clots


Britain's medicines regulator confirmed late Friday that seven people have died from blood clots after receiving a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, but noted there is not yet substantiated proof the extremely rare blood-clotting events are directly related to the shots, and that benefits of the vaccine outweigh any risks. KEY FACTS - Out of more than 18 million AstraZeneca doses…

‘Vaccine Passports’ Could Reopen Global Travel—And Lead To Discrimination, Critics Say

‘Vaccine Passports’ Could Reopen Global Travel—And Lead To Discrimination, Critics Say


As Governments around the world attempt to reopen travel and kickstart their economies many are looking at so-called “vaccine passports” or “green travel passes” that could allow people who have been inoculated against Covid-19 to travel safely once again, but critics worry that mandating such passes for all travel could discriminate against those who don’t yet have access…

EU Approves J&J Single-Shot Covid-19 Vaccine As The Bloc’s Vaccination Crisis Rumbles On

EU Approves J&J Single-Shot Covid-19 Vaccine As The Bloc’s Vaccination Crisis Rumbles On


The European Medicines Agency has authorized Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot Covid-19 vaccine Thursday, the fourth to get the green light for use across the 27-nation bloc that has struggled to get its vaccination program off the ground amid severe supply chain issues, diplomatic spats and bureaucratic red tape.   KEY FACTS - The agency said it was recommending…

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WHO Says Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine Is Safe For The Elderly After Norway Questioned Its Role In Numerous Deaths

WHO Says Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine Is Safe For The Elderly After Norway Questioned Its Role In Numerous Deaths

The World Health Organization said Friday that it still recommends the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 shot  with an expert panel it convened finding no evidence implicating it in the deaths of elderly people, after Norway’s…


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California’s state epidemiologist urged Covid-19 vaccine providers Sunday to pause distribution of one Moderna vaccine lot while the manufacturer and federal government investigate a “higher than usual” number of…


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China Finally Green Lights WHO Investigation Into Coronavirus Origins As Daily Covid-19 Cases Spike To Five-Month High

China Finally Green Lights WHO Investigation Into Coronavirus Origins As Daily Covid-19 Cases Spike To Five-Month High

The World Health Organization team investigating the origins of Covid-19 will finally be allowed access to China to work alongside a local team of scientists, the country’s health authority announced Monday as the mainland recorded its…


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England Will Go Into National Lockdown Amid Covid-19 Surge

England Will Go Into National Lockdown Amid Covid-19 Surge

In a bid to contain a more contagious strain of coronavirus that is spreading rapidly, Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed a new lockdown on England on Monday that will last until at least mid-February. KEY FACTS - Coronavirus is again surging…


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‘A Pivotal Moment’: U.K. Rolls Out Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine Amid Covid-19 Surge

‘A Pivotal Moment’: U.K. Rolls Out Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine Amid Covid-19 Surge

British officials celebrated Monday as the country accelerated its Covid-19 immunization campaign will the rollout over 500,000 doses of the newly-approved vaccine developed by pharma giant AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, with health…


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New Coronavirus Strain Detected In More Countries

Spain is the latest country to confirm cases of a new coronavirus strain first detected in the U.K. that early studies suggest is far more contagious, sparking worries that it could worsen the pandemic. KEY FACTS - Four people in Madrid who…


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President-Elect Biden Will Get Coronavirus Vaccine Monday

President-Elect Biden Will Get Coronavirus Vaccine Monday

President-elect Joe Biden and first lady-elect Dr. Jill Biden will receive the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine on Monday, incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a press briefing Friday, noting he is taking the…


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French President Macron Tests Positive For Covid-19

French President Macron Tests Positive For Covid-19

French President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, joining the likes of U.S. President Donald Trump, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other world leaders who have been infected with the disease. KEY FACTS - Macron's…


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A New Strain Of Covid-19 Has Emerged In England - Here Is What It Could Mean For The Pandemic And Vaccines

A New Strain Of Covid-19 Has Emerged In England - Here Is What It Could Mean For The Pandemic And Vaccines

Britain’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock told politicians Monday that a “new variant” of Covid-19 had been discovered in England where it had infected over a 1,000 people in the south of the country where cases have been rising…


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Sanofi-GSK Covid-19 Vaccine Delayed After Trials Show Poor Immune Response In Elderly

Sanofi-GSK Covid-19 Vaccine Delayed After Trials Show Poor Immune Response In Elderly

European pharma heavyweights Sanofi and GSK announced Friday that their experimental Covid-19 vaccine will be delayed until late 2021, following a disappointing set of results from early stage clinical trials that showed a poor immune response…


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Here Are All The World Leaders Who Say They’ll Get Vaccinated For Covid-19 Publicly To Boost Confidence

Here Are All The World Leaders Who Say They’ll Get Vaccinated For Covid-19 Publicly To Boost Confidence

World leaders are stepping forward to receive their Covid-19 immunizations on-camera in a bid to boost shaky public confidence in the vaccines’ safety, which has been undermined by their speedy development and approval after months of…


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‘V-Day’: U.K. Kicks Off Western World’s First Covid-19 Vaccination Campaign

‘V-Day’: U.K. Kicks Off Western World’s First Covid-19 Vaccination Campaign

A 90-year-old woman has become the first person to receive an approved Covid-19 vaccine in the western world—the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved last week for emergency use in the U.K.—as the nation’s National Health Service…


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Covid Vaccine Candidates Have No Known Serious Side Effects, Says Operation Warp Speed Head

With polling showing some Americans lack of confidence in the safety of coronavirus vaccines that are on the verge of being approved, the head of the White House’s program to accelerate vaccine development, Operation Warp Speed, said…


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AstraZeneca May Conduct Additional Trial For Covid-19 Vaccine After Acknowledging Errors In Initial Trial

AstraZeneca May Conduct Additional Trial For Covid-19 Vaccine After Acknowledging Errors In Initial Trial

AstraZeneca will likely conduct an additional global trial of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate, according to a Bloomberg report, after questions were raised about its trial results — where the company claimed up to 90% efficacy…


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WHO Warns Europe Against Lifting Lockdowns Too Early Amid Slight Decline In Coronavirus Cases

WHO Warns Europe Against Lifting Lockdowns Too Early Amid Slight Decline In Coronavirus Cases

While Europe is starting to see the first early signs that the coronavirus spike across the continent is beginning to ease, World Health Organization officials warn that European countries need to take care to not lift lockdowns too early…


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Coronavirus Immunity May Last For At Least Six Months, Oxford Study Finds

Coronavirus Immunity May Last For At Least Six Months, Oxford Study Finds

People who contract coronavirus are “highly unlikely” to get the virus again for at least six months, according to a new study from the University of Oxford, pointing to a potential breakthrough in research on Covid-19…


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Moderna’s Covid-19 Vaccine Is More Than 94% Effective, Preliminary Data Shows

Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing the disease, preliminary data from large-scale phase three trials shows, the company announced in a press release on Monday. KEY FACTS - The preliminary data is based…


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Boris Johnson In Self-Isolation After Contact Tests Positive For Coronavirus

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson went into self-isolation Sunday after the country’s tracing program notified him he had come into contact with someone who later tested positive for coronavirus, nearly eight months after the prime minister…


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Pfizer Says Covid-19 Vaccine Is 90% Effective, Although Trials Are Ongoing

Pfizer Says Covid-19 Vaccine Is 90% Effective, Although Trials Are Ongoing

The race to develop a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine may be nearing the finish line, according to an announcement from Pfizer and BioNTech Monday morning, with early data from their promising vaccine candidate showing that it…


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World Coronavirus Tally Passes 50 Million Confirmed Cases

Less than a year after China reported the first detected coronavirus cases, more than 50 million people across the globe have tested positive, according to a tally by Reuters, while trackers like those from Johns Hopkins University look…


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France, Italy And Germany Post New Coronavirus Case Records As Europe Calls For New Crackdowns

France, Italy And Germany Post New Coronavirus Case Records As Europe Calls For New Crackdowns

As countries across Europe hunker down for their second lockdowns after an autumn resurgence of coronavirus outbreaks, France, Italy and Germany have all detected record-breaking numbers of new infections, following a handful of neighboring…


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China To Test 9 Million People For Covid-19 This Week As New Outbreak Emerges

China To Test 9 Million People For Covid-19 This Week As New Outbreak Emerges

Some 9 million people will be tested for Covid-19 in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao over a five-day period, Chinese authorities announced on Monday following an outbreak of the virus at the city’s Municipal Chest Hospital that spread to…


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World Health Organization Reports Record Daily Number Of Covid-19 Infections

World Health Organization Reports Record Daily Number Of Covid-19 Infections

There was a record high 350,766 cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, according to the World Health Organization on Friday, with numerous countries seeing worrying resurgence of the virus, especially with influenza season on the horizon.…


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EU Secures Up To 500,000 Remdesivir Treatment Courses Amid Global Shortages

The European Union’s executive arm has signed a deal with Gilead Sciences for up to 500,000 treatment courses of its antiviral drug remdesivir, one of just two drugs approved to treat Covid-19 in Europe — the drug had been in short…


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American researchers Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice and British scientist Michael Houghton were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the Hepatitis C virus, a breakthrough which “made possible blood…


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Netherlands Sets New Covid-19 Record For 5 Days In A Row

The Netherlands has posted record figures for new coronavirus infections every day since Monday, a surge that Dutch officials are calling “downright terrible” as the country joins much of Europe in grappling with a second Covid-19…


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Coronavirus May Have Mutated To Become More Contagious, Study Finds

When Houston was gripped by a severe Covid-19 wave in June, a mutated form of coronavirus that developed elsewhere in the world and which is known to be especially contagious grew to eventually dominate the city’s infected patients, according…


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Bill Gates: U.S. Needs To 'Own Up To The Fact That We Didn't Do A Good Job'

The United States needs to "own up to the fact that we didn't do a good job" up until this point of the Covid-19 pandemic, billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates said during a Fox News Sunday interview, adding that the slow…


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France Sets New Daily Coronavirus Record—13,000 Cases—As Other Countries Lock Down

France has stumbled over a menacing new hurdle in their battle to beat coronavirus as the country counted upwards of 13,000 new coronavirus cases Friday, an all-time daily high including even before the French lockdown in spring, as other countries…


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WHO Warns Of ‘Alarming’ Coronavirus Growth Rate In Europe

The World Health Organization’s Regional Director for Europe Thursday warned of “alarming rates” of coronavirus transmission across the region with the greatest proportion of new cases coming among young and middle-aged adults,…


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AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine Trials Back On In U.K. After Abrupt Halt

AstraZeneca Coronavirus Vaccine Trials Back On In U.K. After Abrupt Halt

AstraZeneca has resumed its phase three clinical trials in the United Kingdom for the company’s coronavirus vaccine candidate after abruptly halting the program earlier this week over fears that a study participant living in…


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Gates Foundation Donates $150 Million To Distribute Covid-19 Vaccine To Developing Nations As They Struggle With Accelerating Pandemic

As Covid-19 cases continue to increase in developing countries, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $150 million to the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, Serum Institute of India, to provide up to 100 million Covid-19…


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Younger people aged 10 to 19 years old are more likely than other age groups to spread the coronavirus in their household, according to a large contact tracing study in South Korea soon to be published by the Centers for Disease Control,…


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Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate produced a robust immune response in all 45 individuals who participated in an early-stage human trial, raising hopes that the vaccine may offer some protection against the coronavirus, according to…


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Many patients who have recovered from Covid-19 may lose their immunity to the disease within months, according to research from scientists at King's College London, which, if proven true, will have wide implications for vaccine…


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Global Death Toll From Coronavirus Tops 500,000

The death toll from the pandemic has hit 500,000 as some regions face an uptick in cases, while some countries like the United States are still struggling to contain the first wave. KEY FACTS - Johns Hopkins University data shows…


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World Sets Daily Record For New Coronavirus Cases, WHO Says

The world set a single-day record for new cases of the coronavirus, the World Health Organization said Sunday—more than six months into a pandemic the top official there warns is “accelerating”—reporting over 183,000…


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New Coronavirus Cases In Beijing Stoke Fears Of A Second Wave In China

Concerns about a second wave of coronavirus infections in China heightened on Sunday after capital Beijing reported a further 36 cases, all linked to the city’s largest wholesale food market, despite the country appearing to have got…


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