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UK vaccine gambles paid off, while EU caution slowed it down

Laboratory technicians work at Valneva headquarters in Saint-Herblain, western France, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. French pharmaceutical startup Valneva had big news in September: a government contract for 60 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine candidate. The buyer? The United Kingdom—not the European Union, as might be expected for a company …

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UK first in world to start using Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson watches as nurse Jennifer Dumasi is injected with the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, during a visit to view the vaccination programme at the Chase Farm Hospital in north London, Monday Jan. 4, 2021, part of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool Photo via …

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Coronavirus vaccine: Understanding trial results, roll-out and what happens next – an expert guide

Trials need sufficient people to catch COVID-19 to accurately predict a vaccine’s effects – meaning thousands need to be involved. Credit: agsaz/Shutterstock Coronavirus vaccines are being administered. Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was the first to finish the final stage of testing—known as phase 3—and the full results have been published. Having …

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Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout draws wary, mixed response

A Russian medical worker administers a shot of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Moscow on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. While excitement and enthusiasm greeted the Western-developed coronavirus vaccine when it was rolled out, the Russian-made serum has received a mixed response, with reports of empty Moscow clinics in the …

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‘Route out’ of pandemic: UK gives 1st COVID-19 vaccine doses

Care home worker Pillay Jagambrun, 61, receives the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in The Vaccination Hub at Croydon University Hospital, south London, on the first day of the largest immunization program in the UK’s history, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020. (Dan Charity/Pool via AP) A retired British shop clerk received the first …

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Britain OKs Pfizer vaccine and will begin shots within days

Two workers wave from a window at Pfizer Manufacturing in Puurs, Belgium, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. British officials authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use on Wednesday, greenlighting the world’s first shot against the virus that’s backed by rigorous science and taking a major step toward eventually ending the …

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Q&A: A COVID-19 vaccine is coming—will it be safe?

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain In March, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a consensus among health care providers and public health officials that a vaccine that provided complete immunity to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, would effectively end the pandemic. At the time, experts suggested that …

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Framework for equitable allocation of a COVID-19 vaccine released

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today released the final report of a consensus study recommending a four-phased equitable allocation framework that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) authorities should adopt in the development …

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Ensuring an ethical path to a ‘warp speed’ vaccine

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A vaccine for COVID-19 is seen by many—rightly or wrongly—as the finish line for the pandemic, the shot that will mark the resumption of our normal lives. Yet recent polls suggest that a significant fraction of Americans may opt not to get a vaccine when one …

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Russia’s race for virus vaccine raises concerns in the West

In this photo made from footage provided by the Russian Defense Ministry on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, medical workers in protective gear prepare to draw blood from volunteers participating in a trial of a coronavirus vaccine at the Budenko Main Military Hospital outside Moscow, Russia. Russia is boasting that it’s …

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