Moderna COVID-19 vaccine over 90% effective 6 months after booster shot, data shows – National

Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is more than 90 per cent effective against the virus at least six months after receiving a second dose. Referencing data released Tuesday from its Phase III clinical trial, the pharmaceutical giant said in a press release its vaccine was up to 95 per cent effective against “severe cases […]

India’s soaring COVID-19 numbers affecting world vaccine supply — including Canada – National

The Indian city of Pune is running out of ventilators as gasping coronavirus patients crowd its hospitals. Social media is full of people searching for beds, while relatives throng pharmacies looking for antiviral medicines that hospitals ran out of long ago. The surge, which can be seen across India, is particularly alarming because the […]

U.S. call for pause Johnson & Johnson vaccine use over blood clot reports – National

U.S. federal health agencies are recommending an immediate “pause” in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 vaccine after six U.S. recipients developed a rare disorder involving blood clots. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a joint statement on Tuesday that the pause […]

Pfizer to seek Health Canada approval for COVID-19 vaccine use in kids 12-15 within weeks – National

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is planning to submit the necessary documents to Health Canada “in the next couple of weeks” to seek approval for its COVID-19 vaccine to be used in children between the ages of 12 and 15, a company spokesperson has confirmed. In an email to Global News on Sunday, Pfizer spokesperson Christina […]

COVID-19 vaccine shortages to hit world’s poorest countries as COVAX halts deliveries – National

LONDON (AP) — As many as 60 countries, including some of the world’s poorest, might be stalled at the first shots of their COVID-19 vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help them are blocked until as late as June. COVAX, the global initiative to provide vaccines to countries lacking […]

Pfizer, BioNTech ask U.S. to allow COVID-19 vaccine emergency use in adolescents – National

Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE on Friday asked U.S. regulators to allow the emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 15. The vaccine is currently authorized for emergency use in the United States for people aged 16 and up. The companies said on Friday that they requested […]

Pfizer requests U.S. emergency use for its COVID-19 vaccine in kids aged 12-15 – National

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech said on Friday they have requested the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expand the emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 15. In March, the drugmakers said the vaccine was found to be safe, effective and produced robust antibody responses in 12- to […]

Johnson & Johnson vaccine under review in Europe after blood clot reports – National

Europe’s drug regulator said it is reviewing reports of rare blood clots in four people who received Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine and has expanded its probe into AstraZeneca’s shot to include reports of a bleeding condition. Read more: Why rare blood clots could be a side effect of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine Of the […]

Some U.S. areas stop using J&J COVID-19 vaccine after ‘adverse reaction’ reports – National

Following the shutdown of a mass vaccination site in Colorado after 11 people reported “adverse reactions” to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 jab, a county in North Carolina also paused its use on Thursday. The decision came “out of an abundance of caution,” after some people reported feelings of nausea and dizziness, a senior […]

First Covid vaccine shot alone not protective: Chile study

A study in Chile, which has one of the furthest-advanced vaccination campaigns in South America — mainly with China’s Coronavac, has found that a first dose alone does not protect against coronavirus infection. The study by the University of Chile found inoculation to be 56.5 percent effective in protecting recipients two weeks after the second […]