FDA Panel Recommends Second Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Dose

Oct. 15, 2021 — A FDA advisory committee on Friday voted unanimously to recommend second doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to anyone over 18, the second vote in as many days to back a change to a COVID vaccine timeline. The panel recommends that the second J&J dose come at least 2 … Read more

Supercomputers Mimic Brain Activity, Hunt for COVID Treatments

Oct. 15, 2021 — Machine learning has come a long way in the quarter-century since a computer nicknamed Deep Blue shocked the world by beating chess champion Garry Kasparov. Today, when our smartphones have far more computing power than Deep Blue, scientists have trained their sights on even bigger opponents, including potentially fatal illnesses like … Read more

FDA Advisors Vote to Recommend Moderna Boosters

JOHN WHYTE: Welcome, everyone. You’re watching Coronavirus in Context. I’m Doctor John White, the Chief Medical Officer at WebMD. So who exactly needs boosters and when? When are we actually going to see a vaccine for kids? And should you wait as a parent for a little while once they’re available? And then, what’s the … Read more

Biden, Fauci Agree: COVID Efforts Working, More Action Needed

Oct. 14, 2021 — Almost 100 million Americans were unvaccinated in July 2021, a number that is now is down 34% to about 66 million, President Joe Biden said Thursday. These numbers and others are evidence that federal efforts announced this summer, including vaccine requirements, are working, he said “We’re making important progress … but … Read more

History Does Repeat: Pandemic Vaccine Uproar Is Nothing New

Oct. 14, 2021 — Even as the fourth wave of COVID-19 cases trends downward, one aspect of the pandemic remains strong: differing opinions on the value of COVID-19 immunization and vaccine mandates across the U.S. Strong feelings around vaccination are nothing new. Claims that link the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism and … Read more

Men, Women Behaved Differently During Pandemic Lockdowns

TUESDAY, Oct. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) — How do men and women respond to a crisis? A look at their behavior during the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 offers a clue: Women flocked to their phones for long conversations with a few trusted contacts. Men, chafing at being cooped up, headed out and … Read more

Survey: 60% of Americans Will Delay or Skip Flu Shot This Year

TUESDAY, Oct. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Experts are warning that the upcoming flu season could be severe as social distancing measures are relaxed across the United States, but a new survey finds that 6 in 10 Americans may delay or skip a flu shot. However, it also found that 98% of those who … Read more

Why Vaccine and Mask Mandates Hold Up in Court

Oct. 12, 2021 — President Joe Biden’s announcement in September that large companies will soon be required to mandate COVID-19 vaccines or weekly testing for employees set off a domino effect of legal challenges in various states. Court cases began to crop up even before that when mask mandates came into play. And while the … Read more