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Only 7% of 5-11s in England have had Covid jab as parents hesitate
Six weeks after start of vaccine rollout, fraction of young children have had first dose as parents question usefulness
Pfizer accused of Covid profiteering as first-quarter sales hit $26bn
Pharma firm criticised over pricing and for keeping monopoly control over vaccine and new Paxlovid pill
Unvaccinated children hospitalized at twice the rate during Omicron surge -U.S. study
Hospitalization rates for unvaccinated children ages 5 to 11 were twice as high as among those who were vaccinated during the record COVID-19 surge caused by the Omicron variant, according to a U.S. study released on Tuesday.
Fourth shot protects against severe Omicron outcomes; COVID may increase risk of rare eye blood clots
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 has yet to be certified by peer review.
China's Health System Faces Raft Of Challenges As Omicron Hits
Chinese vaccines have shown a lower rate of efficacy in studies compared with many foreign jabs.
Can America fix Europe's gas problem?
North Atlantic shipping lanes are going to be very busy this year as an armada of US natural gas shipments heads to Europe, helping the continent to reduce its reliance on Russian energy following the invasion of Ukraine.
Hong Kong Covid crisis: why is the death rate so high?
Low vaccination rates among the elderly, low rates of prior infection and an overwhelmed healthcare system have contributed to create the perfect storm
EU Approves Moderna Covid Vaccine For Children 6-11
The regulator has so far approved 5 jabs for use in the EU: Pfizer and Moderna, which use messenger RNA technology, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
Six African countries to begin making mRNA vaccines as part of WHO scheme
Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia first countries to be assisted by global mRNA hub
US delays decision on COVID vaccine for children under 5
US FDA postpones decision to approve shot for young children by at least two months, seeking more data.
What counts as fully vaccinated?
Vaccines. Boosters. Covid tests. Health forms. There’s a lot to think about when it comes to going on holiday.
Pfizer sees revenues double to $81bn thanks to COVID-19 vaccine
The US drugs giant, which sold $37bn worth of the jab last year and expects sales of $32bn this year, said it had put "billions of dollars of capital on the line" in the early stages of the pandemic to develop the drug.
Pfizer expects $54 billion in 2022 sales on Covid vaccine and treatment pill
Pfizer expects to sell $32 billion of its Covid-19 shots and $22 billion of its antiviral coronavirus treatment pill Paxlovid.
U.S. CDC backs full approval of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine
The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) signed off on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's full approval of Moderna Inc's (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine in those aged 18 and over, the agency said on Friday.
Withholding vaccine safety data ‘morally indefensible,’ medical journal says
The British Medical Journal criticized Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers for ‘reaping vast profits’ without proper independent scrutiny
Health department warning over vaccine mandate for NHS staff in England
Exclusive: Leaked document says data on jabs’ effectiveness against Omicron weakens case for compulsory vaccination
EU regulator says mRNA shots safe during pregnancy
The EMA said there was no evidence of a higher risk of complications
Pandemic to endemic? Moderna chair says it could happen this year
Moderna co-founder tells Bloomberg News that 2022 may be the year the pandemic enters the endemic phase.
Canada says vaccine mandates work as Quebec's 'unvaxxed tax' leads to spike in first dose appointments
One day after the Canadian province of Quebec announced it would financially penalize residents who are unvaccinated, the province's health minister said Wednesday first-time appointments spiked in the hours following the announcement.
Over 1 Million People Reported Positive In A Single Day As The US Struggles With The Omicron Wave
“I wish I hadn’t exposed any of my coworkers, but I didn’t know,” said one person who tested positive after multiple negative at-home tests.
'We can't vaccinate the planet every six months,' says Oxford vaccine scientist
A leading expert who helped create the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine said Tuesday that giving everyone in the world booster shots multiple times a year is not feasible.
Johnson & Johnson Covid Booster Highly Effective Against Severe Omicron: Study
The South African Medical Research Council compared 69,000 health care workers who received two doses of the vaccine, based on viral vector technology, against a group of people who were unvaccinated.
Why some people don't want a Covid-19 vaccine
Social media is rife with posts disparaging the vaccine hesitant – but these reactions to a complex and nuanced issue are doing more harm than good.
Three Sinovac Doses Fail to Protect Against Omicron in Study
Two doses and a booster of the Covid-19 vaccine made by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd., one of the most widely used in the world, didn’t produce sufficient levels of neutralizing antibodies to protect against the omicron variant, a laborat...
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