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AstraZeneca, Merck Offer Good News on COVID Treatments

AZ's antibody treatment halves risk of death, severe illness; Merck asks FDA to OK antiviral pill

(Newser) - Good news on the AstraZeneca front, though not about its vaccine. Per Reuters , the UK drugmaker announced Monday that its AZD7442 antibody treatment, meant to be injected into patients showing symptoms of COVID, led to a "statistically significant reduction in severe COVID-19 or death," compared to mildly to...

One Continent Hasn't Had Any COVID Vaccines. Until Now

AstraZeneca doses delivered to 2 dozen staffers at UK's Rothera Research Station in Antarctica

(Newser) - For all of the Southern Hemisphere's winter season, nearly two dozen staffers have been huddled together at the UK's Rothera Research Station in Antarctica, managing to avoid the coronavirus that continues to make its rounds through the rest of the world. This week, a delivery was made to...

AstraZeneca Recipients Can See Springsteen After All

Rules changed ahead of this weekend's Broadway show

(Newser) - AstraZeneca vaccine recipients can see Bruce Springsteen, too. Springsteen will be the man at the helm of Broadway's return, with "Springsteen on Broadway" reopening Saturday in front of a fully vaccinated audience in New York. Originally, only those who'd received an FDA-approved vaccine were to be allowed...

Vaccine Cocktail Might Work: Researchers

Some countries recommend switching brands for the second dose

(Newser) - Can you mix and match two-dose COVID-19 vaccines? It's likely safe and effective, but researchers are still gathering data to be sure. The authorized COVID-19 shots around the world are all designed to stimulate your immune system to produce virus-fighting antibodies, though the way they do so varies, noted...

Delta Variant of Virus Is Spreading Quickly

It's gone beyond India, and Dr. Fauci is worried about numbers growing in the US

(Newser) - A COVID-19 variant first identified in India is spreading well beyond and risking the relative comfort that has come with vaccine rollouts in the US. The Delta variant, B.1.617.2, is now the dominant strain in the UK, making up more than 60% of cases in some areas,...

Vaccine Researchers: We've Unlocked Blood Clot Mystery

Delivery of adenovirus vector vaccines can trigger mutant proteins: study

(Newser) - German scientists say they've figured out why certain coronavirus vaccines trigger rare and potentially deadly blood clots. Experts urge caution because the theory—that the issue lies with how the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson "adenovirus vector" vaccines are delivered—isn't proven or peer-reviewed, and there are...

Biden: US Will Be the World's 'Arsenal of Vaccines'

He says another 20M doses will be shared

(Newser) - President Biden, maskless and fully vaccinated, announced Monday that COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients will be leading an effort to share US-made vaccines with the rest of the world. "We know America will never be fully safe until the pandemic that’s raging globally is under control," Biden said,...

US: World Can Have AstraZeneca Stockpile

'We do not need to use AstraZeneca in our fight against COVID over the next few months'

(Newser) - The White House says that with its "strong portfolio of vaccines" that have already received FDA clearance, it plans to share its stockpile of the AstraZeneca vaccine with the world. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that the administration is looking at options for distributing AstraZeneca doses...

First Country Permanently Halts Use of AZ Vaccine

Denmark cites 'real risk of side effects'

(Newser) - Another setback for the troubled European Union COVID vaccination campaign: Denmark has become the first country to permanently stop using the AstraZeneca vaccine because of a link to rare cases of blood clots , reports Reuters . Danish Health Authority director Soren Brostroem said Wednesday there there is a "real risk...

US Recommends Pausing J&J Vaccine Over Blood Clots

States are expected to follow suit after 6 cases are reported among women

(Newser) - A surprise development on the vaccine front Tuesday, and not a welcome one: US health authorities are recommending a temporary halt to vaccinations with the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine amid reports of rare clotting, reports the AP . The move by the FDA and the CDC falls short of an...

UK Agency: Those Under 30 Can Avoid AstraZeneca

Says those 18 to 30 should be offered an alternative vaccine

(Newser) - The European Union drug regulator said Wednesday that it found a "possible link" between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but declined to impose any new age restrictions, saying the benefits of the shot still outweigh risks. Its UK counterpart, however, said it would offer adults...

15M Ruined Vaccines at Plant Leads to J&J Takeover

Johnson & Johnson will now oversee production at Baltimore facility that was making its doses

(Newser) - An Emergent BioSolutions plant in Baltimore that had been tasked with churning out Johnson & Johnson vaccines has now earned the dubious honor of a takeover at the facility after about 15 million doses were ruined . Per CBS Baltimore , J&J announced Saturday it would be assuming "full responsibility"...

Rare Blood Clots Concern UK

Britain reports 30 cases among AstraZeneca recipients, up from 5

(Newser) - An unusual type of blood clot among people who have received the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is puzzling health officials in Europe. The UK now reports 30 cases, up from five, and no cases among people who received the Pfizer vaccine. There's no evidence that the blood clots are connected...

2 Vaccines Collided at Plant Flagged by FDA

15M doses of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine were ruined as a result

(Newser) - The plant that lost up to 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's one-dose vaccine had something of a history of prior FDA violations. That's according to the AP and Washington Post , which obtained a copy of the FDA investigator's report from a year ago. It found...

AstraZeneca's Good News Comes With a Caveat

Federal health officials warn of 'an incomplete view of the efficacy data'

(Newser) - Results from a US trial of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine may have included "outdated information" and that could mean the company provided an incomplete view of efficacy data, American federal health officials said early Tuesday. A spokesman from the drug company said Tuesday it was "looking into it,...

'Good News' Emerges in US Study of AstraZeneca Vaccine

Scientists say it offers strong protection from disease, 100% protection on hospitalization, death

(Newser) - AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine provided strong protection against disease and complete protection against hospitalization and death across all age groups in a late-stage US study, the company announced Monday. AstraZeneca said its experts also identified no safety concerns related to the vaccine, including a rare blood clot that had thought...

Germany Is Reopening Vaccination Centers

Country says use of AstraZeneca vaccine can resume

(Newser) - Germany is resuming vaccinations with the coronavirus vaccine made by AstraZeneca, following a recommendation by European regulators that the benefits of the shot outweigh the risks. The European Medicines Agency said Thursday that the vaccine is safe but it can’t rule out a link to a small number of...

US to Send Vaccine to Canada, Mexico
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US to Share Vaccine With Neighbors

AstraZeneca supply is untapped, pending approval

(Newser) - For the first time, President Biden will send some of the coronavirus vaccine supply the US has bought to other countries in need. About 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be sent to Canada, and 2.5 million will go to Mexico, Reuters reports. The shipments are...

EU Backs AstraZeneca Vaccine, With an Asterisk

Medical agency cannot 'definitively' rule out a link to clots, but says benefits outweigh risks

(Newser) - The EU's medical agency made clear on Thursday that it wants nations to continue doling shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine . But it added a caveat that could give ammunition to the dozen or so European nations that have suspended its use:
  • Bottom line: “Our scientific position is
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EU Agency Is Conducting New Review of Vaccine

Several nations have paused AstraZeneca version over concerns about clots

(Newser) - Controversy over the AstraZeneca vaccine is putting Europe further behind schedule on vaccinations. The goal is to inoculate 70% of the population by September, and no EU nation is on track to meet that deadline, reports the New York Times . Germany, Spain, France, and Italy are among the nations that...

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