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    Former FDA head Kessler tapped by Biden to lead Operation Warp Speed

    Dr. David Kessler, the former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has been picked by President-elect Joe Biden to lead U.S. vaccination efforts under the Operation Warp Speed banner launched in 2020 by the Trump Administration.  As the New York Times reported in its coverage of the announcement, Kessler is a pediatrician and […] More

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    Will the Johnson & Johnson vaccine be as effective as Pfizer and Moderna?

    As the Johnson & Johnson vaccine moves closer to emergency use authorization, preliminary signs show its efficacy might not be as great as the previously-approved Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Yet, it’s still efficient enough to be useful in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  Operation Warp Speed chief adviser Moncef Slaoui expects “high efficacy” for […] More

  • johnson and johnson vaccine approval for use by end of january
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    The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is coming soon to the U.S.

    The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which could be a helpful tool in the fight against coronavirus, is on track for authorization for emergency use by the end of January—though there are some questions as to how quickly it can be employed in ongoing vaccination efforts.  According to CNN’s Jan. 13 report, Moncef Slaoui from Operation […] More

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    Gorillas test positive for COVID-19 at San Diego zoo

    At least two gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for COVID-19, and a zoo worker is thought to be responsible for the interspecies transmission.  According to the New York Times, zoo officials believed the gorillas were infected with COVID by an asymptomatic staff member who was wearing personal protective equipment […] More

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    Thanks to the coronavirus, more Americans died in 2020 than ever before

    The United States is expected to record more than 3 million deaths last year when the final data is in. That would make it a record year for deaths—and the COVID-19 pandemic is a significant factor for how so many Americans died in 2020. The Associated Press noted in late December that “preliminary numbers suggest […] More

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    Republican governor ignites controversy around undocumented immigrant vaccinations

    Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has ignited controversy around immigration vaccines and whether an undocumented worker can receive them, even though many work in industries where the spread of coronavirus has been a particular concern.  Ricketts, a Republican, was asked about undocumented workers during a Jan. 5 press conference where he briefed journalists on plans to […] More

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    The AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved by 4 countries— when will it come to the U.S.?

    The AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use in Mexico to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, making it the fourth nation to approve the vaccine and opening the door to production and distribution throughout Latin America—even with indications that the U.S. may not approve the AstraZeneca vaccine before April.  According to the New York Times, “AstraZeneca […] More

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    FDA exploring half dose vaccines to speed vaccination efforts

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will consider implementing a plan to allow a half dose of the Moderna vaccine to be administered in the nation’s ongoing vaccination efforts. The FDA’s meeting on this plan, sometime during the week of Jan. 4-8, comes as the U.S. fell far short of its December 2020 vaccination goals.  […] More

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    China approves its first coronavirus vaccine

    A year to the day after COVID-19 first surfaced in Wuhan, China, the Chinese government approved the first coronavirus vaccine for general use in China on Dec. 31.  The vaccine, created by the state-controlled Sinopharm company, has an efficacy rate of 79%, based on an interim analysis of Phase 3 clinical trials, according to the […] More

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    New coronavirus variant appears in U.S.

    The new coronavirus variant, which is causing worldwide concern for its increased transmissibility, has made its way to the United States. The nation’s first case of COVID-19 from this latest version of the virus, which led to increased holiday lockdown measures in parts of the United Kingdom, was reported Dec. 29 in Colorado.  The New […] More

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