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Health Experts Offer Good News on Vaccines, but Also a Warning

US gave record number of shots over weekend, as officials caution not to ease restrictions too much

(Newser) - It was a banner weekend for coronavirus vaccinations in America, with the CDC administering a record number of shots. Per an agency data tracker, those numbers include 2.9 million vaccinations on Saturday and 2.4 million on Sunday, reports CNBC . That comes after nearly 2.5 million people were...

FEMA Site Flips After Opening Up Vaccinations

Florida center operates in confusion over the weekend

(Newser) - Business was slow at a vaccination site in Florida on Saturday, so the staff decided to change the rules. Instead of accepting only people who met state criteria, the FEMA-run site would give a shot to anyone 18 and older, as long as they brought a driver’s license or...

In Rural America, a 'Vaccine Void'
In Rural America,
a 'Vaccine Void'

In Rural America, a 'Vaccine Void'

In America's 'pharmacy deserts,' it's a challenge for residents to get their shots

(Newser) - When Charlome Pierce searched where her 96-year-old father could get a COVID vaccine in January, she found zero options anywhere near their home in Virginia. The lone medical clinic in Surry County had none, and the last pharmacy in an area with roughly 6,500 residents closed years ago. To...

'Morally Compromised' J&J Vaccine Shunned by NOLA Archdiocese
'Moral Concerns' Hover
Over J&J Vaccine
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'Moral Concerns' Hover Over J&J Vaccine

Archdiocese of New Orleans, Diocese of Baton Rouge slam it for using cell lines from abortions

(Newser) - As health experts continue to plead with the public to accept any vaccine currently offered—be it one from Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson —a new wrinkle has emerged for the latter shot in Louisiana. That's because on Friday, the Archdiocese of New Orleans implored Catholics to,...

Bolsonaro: Quit Whining About COVID

Cases and deaths are up as coronavirus variants spread

(Newser) - President Jair Bolsonaro has responded to the increase in Brazil's COVID-19 deaths by telling his countrymen to quit fretting about it. "Enough fussing and whining. How much longer will the crying go on?" Bolsonaro told an audience Thursday, Reuters reports. "How much longer will you stay at...

County Offers Doses to Everyone Over 18
Here, It's Vaccinations for All

Here, It's Vaccinations for All

Arizona county was having trouble giving away doses

(Newser) - A county in Arizona has simplified its requirements for receiving a COVID-19 vaccination: You just have to be over 18. Gila County opened up its vaccine stock two weeks ago partly because it has one of the state's lowest rates of doses used, CBS reports. Health officials also received...

After Detroit Spurns Vaccine, Experts Warn on 'Brand Shopping'

Mayor Duggan turned down 6.2K J&J doses, saying he wants Pfizer, Moderna for city

(Newser) - Johnson and Johnson's newly approved coronavirus vaccine doesn't have to be kept in the same ultra-cold temps as the Pfizer and Moderna versions, and patients need only one shot, as opposed to the double dose required by the other companies. But this week, the city of Detroit declined...

Italy Keeps AstraZeneca Doses Bound for Australia

Country says company has failed to meet its commitments to bloc

(Newser) - Italy, which has recorded 428,500 new COVID cases and almost 10,000 deaths over the last month, has balked at exporting doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Australia, which has recorded 190 cases and zero deaths in the same time period. Italy has blocked a shipment to Australia of 250,...

For First Time, Non-Humans Get COVID Vaccine
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9 Great Apes Get COVID Vaccine

They're the first non-humans to get vaccinated

(Newser) - The San Diego Zoo has vaccinated nine great apes for the coronavirus after a troop of gorillas in its Safari Park became infected, the AP reports. Officials say four orangutans and five bonobos received COVID-19 injections in January and February, making them the first non-humans to get vaccinated against the...

Modified COVID Vaccines Just Got Fast-Tracked

UK, 4 other nations are using flu vaccine guidelines as a model

(Newser) - Regulators in the UK and four other countries plan to fast-track the development of modified COVID-19 vaccines to ensure that drugmakers are able to move swiftly in targeting emerging variants of the disease. Previously authorized vaccines that are modified to target new variants "will not need a brand new...

Dolly Parton Says She Got a 'Dose of Her Own Medicine'

Singer gets the coronavirus vaccine, which she helped fund

(Newser) - Saying she was getting a "dose of her own medicine," Dolly Parton on Tuesday got her first COVID-19 vaccination shot. The 75-year-old helped to fund the Moderna vaccine by donating $1 million to Vanderbilt researchers, USA Today explains. In fact, she received the shot from the Vanderbilt physician...

Biden: US Will Meet Vaccine Goal by End of May

That's 2 months earlier than anticipated

(Newser) - President Biden said Tuesday that the US expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccines for all adult Americans by the end of May, two months earlier than anticipated, as his administration announced that drugmaker Merck & Co. will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson’s newly approved shot. With...

Two Pharmaceutical Rivals Team Up on Vaccine

Merck will help Johnson & Johnson manufacture and distribute newly approved vaccine

(Newser) - Drugmaker Merck will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson’s newly approved coronavirus vaccine , per the AP . The announcement comes as the White House looks to speed the production of the single-dose vaccine. Officials have said J&J faced unexpected production issues with its vaccine and produced only 3.9...

Twitter to Call Strikes on Vaccine Misinformation

Five false posts will bring permanent suspension

(Newser) - Twitter is expanding its system of warning labels for misinformation and conspiracy theories to apply to posts about the coronavirus vaccines. A blog post Monday set out the new rules, the Wall Street Journal reports. Like its practice on election information, the policy will add up users' violations, calling each...

For First Time in Weeks, Most States See Increase in Cases

But Johnson & Johnson vaccine is already rolling out in trucks

(Newser) - The newly approved single-shot vaccine from Johnson & Johnson could be in people's arms as soon as Tuesday, reports the Wall Street Journal . FedEx trucks have picked up the first shipments in Mississippi and started moving across the country. The company expects to deliver 20 million shots before the...

FDA Approves Single-Shot Vaccine
FDA Approves
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FDA Approves Single-Shot Vaccine

Shipments could begin Monday, Johnson & Johnson says

(Newser) - The US is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Health experts are eagerly awaiting a one-and-done option to help speed vaccinations, as they race against a...

Monkeys Can Be the Holdup on Vaccines

Experts say the US needs to establish a reserve

(Newser) - One of the obstacles Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and other pharmaceutical companies faced in racing to develop their coronavirus vaccines was a shortage of monkeys—which are critical to the testing process. Monkeys share more than 90% of humans' DNA, the New York Times reports, making them researchers' preferred test...

Expert Panel's Vote on Third Vaccine Is Unanimous

Johnson & Johnson version requires a single shot and can be kept at refrigerator temperatures

(Newser) - A panel of experts recommended Friday that the Food and Drug Administration approve emergency use of Johnson & Johnson's new coronavirus vaccine. After the panel's 22-0 advisory vote, authorization could be granted by the FDA over the weekend, the Washington Post reports, putting the first few million doses...

Pfizer Is Testing 2 Ways to Fight COVID Variants

'Every year, you need to go to get your flu vaccine. It's going to be the same with COVID'

(Newser) - Unless COVID-19 is eradicated, the fight to develop vaccines might go on indefinitely. Pfizer says it is looking into two separate ways to provide protection against new and more infectious COVID variants, especially the one first detected in South Africa, CNBC reports. Board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb says the company...

FDA Drops Ultra-Cold Storage Rule for Pfizer Vaccine

Allowing regular freezer temperatures should simplify distribution

(Newser) - The Food and Drug Administration made distribution of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine easier on Thursday by decreeing it can be stored in regular freezer temperatures after all. The agency had required the vaccine be kept at minus 76 degrees Fahrenheit to minus 112 degrees, the Hill reports. That was a...

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