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U.S. CDC advisers back Moderna, J&J COVID-19 vaccine boosters, mix-and-match shots

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A general view of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tami Chappell Oct 21 (Reuters) – A panel of advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday unanimously recommended use of COVID-19 vaccine boosters for......

Merck pill seen as ‘a huge advance’, raises hope of preventing COVID-19 deaths

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An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill called molnupiravir being developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, is seen in this undated handout photo released by Merck & Co Inc and obtained by Reuters May 17, 2021. Merck & Co Inc/Handout via REUTERS Co will seek U.S. approval for......

COVID-19 pill developers aim to top Merck, Pfizer efforts

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Sept 28 (Reuters) – As Merck & Co (MRK.N) and Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) prepare to report clinical trial results for experimental COVID-19 antiviral pills, rivals are lining up with what they hope will prove to be more potent and convenient oral treatments of their own. Enanta Pharmaceuticals (ENTA.O), Pardes Biosciences,......

Sanofi ditches mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after rivals’ success

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To focus on more conventional COVID-19 vaccine with GSK To pursue mRNA technology in influenza, other vaccines Started testing mRNA flu shot in humans in June PARIS, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Sanofi (SASY.PA) is dropping plans for its own mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine because of the dominance achieved by BioNTech-Pfizer and......

Biden gets COVID-19 booster shot as additional doses roll out

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WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden rolled up his shirt sleeve for a COVID-19 vaccine booster inoculation on Monday, hoping to provide a powerful example for Americans on the need to get the extra shot even as millions go without their first. In getting the booster, Biden......

Australia hits vaccine milestone as Melbourne cases hover near record levels

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A healthcare worker walks down stairs at the Kings Park townhouse complex locked down in response to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Melbourne, Australia, June 16, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders Australia passes 50% double-dose vaccine mark Two million doses administered in a week Seeing ‘pleasing declines’ in NSW......

Moderna chief executive sees pandemic over in a year – newspaper

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Walmart pharmacist holds a vial of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine inside a Walmart department store in West Haven, Connecticut, U.S., February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo ZURICH, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) Chief Executive Stéphane Bancel thinks the coronavirus pandemic could be over in a year......

U.S. FDA clears Pfizer COVID-19 booster for older and at-risk Americans

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WASHINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized a booster dose of the Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those 65 and older, all people at high risk of severe disease, and others who are regularly exposed to the virus. The decision......

Severe COVID-19 may trigger autoimmune conditions; New variants cause more virus in the air

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The word “COVID-19” is reflected in a drop on a syringe needle in this illustration taken November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Sept 22 (Reuters) – The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that......

Key data on U.S. J&J, Moderna COVID-19 boosters weeks away, Fauci says

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Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci responds to accusations by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Capitol hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 20, 2021. J. Scott Applewhite/Pool via REUTERS WASHINGTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Data needed to......

FDA advisers recommend COVID boosters for 65 and older after rejecting broad approval

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Sept 17 (Reuters) – Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted on Friday to recommend COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for Americans 65 and older and those at high risk of severe illness, after overwhelmingly rejecting a call for broader approval. The panel also recommended that the FDA include......

Over 50s to get booster shot as UK says COVID vaccines have saved more than 100,000 lives

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Booster shot recommended for all Britons over 50 Third shot also eyed for vulnerable and some health staff Winter “could be bumpy at times”, health official says LONDON, Sept 14 (Reuters) – COVID-19 vaccines have saved more than 112,000 lives and averted 24 million cases of the disease, British officials......

UK takes friendly fire in latest vaccine spat

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A nurse fills a syringe with Pfizer vaccine as mobile vaccination teams begin visiting every Los Angeles Unified middle and high school campus to deliver first and second doses of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 30, 2021. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo LONDON, Sept 13 (Reuters......

Sydney COVID cases seen topping 2,000 a day; Australia ramps up vaccinations

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More pressure on health system in next few weeks, premier says Daily cases in Sydney hotspots to rise as high as 2,000 First vaccine shipments from Britain arrive SYDNEY, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Sydney, the epicentre of Australia’s biggest coronavirus outbreak, is expected to see daily infections peak next week,......

Pfizer on track for U.S. vaccine boosters, Moderna lagging, Fauci says

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 20, 2021. Stefani Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS WASHINGTON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Top U.S. infectious disease......

AstraZeneca reaches settlement with EU on COVID-19 vaccine delivery

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Settlement brings doses delivered to 300 million as agreed Agreement will also end pending litigation in Brussels Capped rebates on vaccine will apply if doses are delayed Doses will go to EU-laggards in uptake ranking, COVAX facility Sept 3 (Reuters) – AstraZeneca (AZN.L) and the European Commission have reached a......

Novartis signs deal with Britain’s NHS for new cholesterol drug Leqvio

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Novartis’ logo is seen at the cell and gene therapy factory of the Swiss drugmaker in Stein, Switzerland, November 28, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann Sept 1 (Reuters) – Novartis AG (NOVN.S) said on Wednesday it had agreed a deal with Britain’s healthcare service provider for use of the drugmaker’s new anti-cholesterol......

Japan’s Gunma prefecture reports contaminant in Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

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Medical staff prepares Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine to be administered at the newly-opened mass vaccination centre in Tokyo, Japan, May 24, 2021. Carl Court/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo/File Photo TOKYO, Aug 30 (Reuters) – A contaminant was found in Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday in Japan’s Gunma prefecture, near Tokyo,......

Two die in Japan after shots from suspended Moderna vaccines – Japan govt

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Vials with a sticker reading, “COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only” and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo TOKYO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Two people died after receiving Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine......

Japan suspends 1.6 mln doses of Moderna shot days after contamination reports

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TOKYO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Japan suspended the use of 1.63 million doses of Moderna Inc’s (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, more than a week after the domestic distributor received reports of contaminants in some vials. Both Japan and Moderna said that no safety or efficacy issues had been identified......

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