J&J Vaccine May Block Spread of Coronavirus, FDA Says

The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were tested before the discovery of variants from the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Brazil, meaning those two vaccines likely benefited from higher efficacy rates and more straightforward results. But once the Johnson & Johnson shot receives emergency use authorization, which could come shortly after a scheduled scientific committee … Read more

Communities of Color Struggle to Get Vaccines

Online sign-ups a hurdle Many older adults “don’t have the skills” to sign up online, Ramirez said. “They might not even have a computer,” she added. “Just the insistence that our elected officials and the people who set up the vaccine distribution for them to use technology as the first … Read more

Homemade Apps Help Crowdsource COVID Vaccines

Feb. 17, 2021 — By the end of July, there should be enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to inoculate every adult in America. But as of Tuesday, just more than 71.5 million doses had been distributed, and more than 55 million of those shots had already been given. With more than 200 million adults in the … Read more

When Will Kids Get COVID Vaccines?

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) — For parents with questions about COVID-19 vaccines and children, Johns Hopkins Medicine experts offer answers.         While vaccinations for adults are underway in the United States, clinical trials for the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration-authorized COVID-19 vaccines haven’t yet been completed for children and … Read more

Guinea confirms 3 dead from Ebola, first cases since 2016

CONAKRY: Health officials in Guinea on Sunday confirmed that at least three people have died from Ebola there, the first cases declared since it was one of three West African nations to fight the world’s deadliest Ebola epidemic that ended five years ago. An additional four people are confirmed with Ebola, according to a statement … Read more

Walmart, Walgreens, CVS to Offer COVID-19 Vaccines

Feb. 11, 2021 — Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Walgreens will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines on Friday through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, joining a list of other national retail chains that will give shots to people who want a coronavirus vaccine. CVS Health will also offer vaccinations on Friday in 11 states, … Read more

Beyond COVID-19: Can mRNA Treat Diseases, Too?

Secondly, the FDA has yet to greenlight any of these treatments. What’s more, some early trials of mRNA therapies have suffered major stumbling blocks on the road to market approval. In January, CureVac reported disappointing results in a clinical trial of its new mRNA-based drug for prostate cancer. The company’s CV9014 drug did … Read more