Health


China’s COVID-19 vaccine induces immune response, found to be safe China’s COVID-19 vaccine induces immune response, found to be safe
- November 19, 2020

This, the biotech said, is based on its experience with other vaccines and data from preclinical studies with macaques. That was lower than antibodies from vaccine trials by world leaders Pfizer Inc. "But even then, after phase three trial completion and after licensure, we should prudently remain cautious", he said. The other two are developed by institutes linked to Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm. (more...)
Pfizer reports COVID-19 vaccine 95% effective as Phase 3 trial concludes Pfizer reports COVID-19 vaccine 95% effective as Phase 3 trial concludes
- November 19, 2020

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech could secure emergency United States and European authorization for their COVID-19 vaccine next month after final trial results showed it had a 95 percent success rate and no serious side effects, the drugmakers said on Wednesday. (more...)
BioNTech/Pfizer to seek emergency approval for coronavirus vaccine within days BioNTech/Pfizer to seek emergency approval for coronavirus vaccine within days
- November 19, 2020

Out of the 170 positive COVID-19 cases detected in the trial only eight were observed in the active vaccine group. The trial has reportedly met all its primary endpoints and the vaccine is claimed to be 95 percent effective. Pfizer and Moderna have developed vaccines that use a new technology that has never before been approved for human use. Dr. Ugur Sahin is the chief executive co-founder of BioNTech. (more...)
New York City public schools to close over coronavirus spread New York City public schools to close over coronavirus spread
- November 19, 2020

All NYC schools will close to in-person learning tomorrow, November 19, until further notice. Andrew Cuomo are facing criticism over their handling of the city school closure, which will - as announced Wednesday - go into effect on Thursday. (more...)
Beyond Meat to launch two new versions of its meatless burger Beyond Meat to launch two new versions of its meatless burger
- November 19, 2020

The lead burger is reportedly the company's "juiciest" while still containing 35 percent less saturated fat than typical 80/20 beef (80 percent lean, 20 percent fat). Beyond Meat's new iterations will join a slew of other offerings launched by the company in 2020. China, the world's top pork consumer, is increasing its focus on food security as the coronavirus outbreak has impacted the supply of meat from global companies. (more...)
Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka tests positive for COVID-19 Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka tests positive for COVID-19
- November 19, 2020

On Saturday, a daily case record was broken when more than 8,000 people tested positive for the virus in just 24 hours. Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka issued a statement indicating he received confirmation of his positive COVID test today. (more...)
COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Deaths Jump In North Carolina COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Deaths Jump In North Carolina
- November 19, 2020

In response, state health officials unveiled a new county COVID-19 alert system created to pinpoint hot spots and offer targeted recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19. If numbers rise, the governor said he would look at stricter orders statewide or recommendations county-wide. Cooper noted people are still able to travel freely throughout the state. (more...)
Volunteers still needed to test variety of COVID-19 vaccines Volunteers still needed to test variety of COVID-19 vaccines
- November 19, 2020

CoronaVac is one of three experimental Covid-19 vaccines that China has been using to inoculate hundreds of thousands of people under an emergency-use programme. "Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms", says the NHS. The national panel has discussed other aspects, including vaccine funding, roping in private hospital chains and making vaccines available in the market, said the people cited above. (more...)
Fauci 'Concerned' About Transition Affecting Vaccine Rollout Fauci 'Concerned' About Transition Affecting Vaccine Rollout
- November 19, 2020

In order to get the majority of the country to take the vaccine, Fauci said politics needs to be removed from public health issues. His remarks came shortly after the biotech company Moderna announced Monday morning that preliminary results from a late-stage trial showed its vaccine candidate to be more than 94 percent effective - a week after drugmaker Pfizer announced that its own vaccine candidate had similar levels of efficacy. (more...)
SIU to require testing for students in on-campus housing next semester SIU to require testing for students in on-campus housing next semester
- November 19, 2020

On Nov. 6, the UI provided suggestions for students to consider when making plans for fall break in a COVID-19 update. Due to the pandemic, students who have traveled home during the break are advised to stay home until the following spring semester. (more...)
'Vaccine' song celebrates Dolly Parton's $1M gift toward vaccine development
- November 18, 2020

Well, it turns out that she may have played an instrumental part in the funding of the research. "If Dolly Parton wants to record a vaccine PSA to the tune of 'Jolene, '" she said , "I think everyone would be very pleased". "Keep the faith, Dolly". Dolly Parton continues to prove she is simply the best! "I felt like this was the time for me to open my heart and my hand, and try to help". (more...)
COVID-19 virus strikes Villages Charter School and Lady Lake elementary school COVID-19 virus strikes Villages Charter School and Lady Lake elementary school
- November 18, 2020

The Chula Vista district encourages students and staff who have been previously tested to return, stating that "the goal of testing multiple times a couple weeks apart is to show any emerging trends about virus spread in our communities". The rise of active cases in our area has pushed the Hamilton County School system into a new phase. The students, who had been learning through a mix of in-person and remote lessons, will join other students in the special education class who have been ... (more...)
COVID-19 Immunity Could Last for Decades, New Study Finds COVID-19 Immunity Could Last for Decades, New Study Finds
- November 18, 2020

These cells were observed to decline at a slow rate, suggesting they could last in the body for a long time and thus possibly extend the immunity period. He and his colleagues found that antibodies were durable, with modest declines at six to eight months after infection, although there was a 200-fold difference in the levels among the participants. (more...)
Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to hepatitis C pioneers Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to hepatitis C pioneers
- November 18, 2020

Alter, Michael Houghton, and Charles M. Rice. Scientists had long known of the hepatitis A and B viruses, spread largely through contaminated food or water and blood, respectively, but were "toiling in the wilderness" to try to explain many other cases of liver disease until the blood-borne hepatitis C virus was identified in 1989, said Dr. (more...)
FDA allows first rapid virus test that gives results at home FDA allows first rapid virus test that gives results at home
- November 18, 2020

Individuals must swivel a swab in each nostril for a certain amount of time then place the sample in the test unit. The test is available through prescription only to people 14 years of age and older whose health care providers suspect have the virus, the statement said . (more...)
India pins its hopes on locally-tested vaccines India pins its hopes on locally-tested vaccines
- November 18, 2020

Hassoun points to several global organizations that are working to make sure that those in low-income counties have access to COVID-19 vaccines. In Moderna's study, there were 11 cases of severe Covid-19, all of which occurred in the placebo group. (more...)
Coronavirus Can Be Killed with Mouthwash Coronavirus Can Be Killed with Mouthwash
- November 18, 2020

Richard Stanton , who led the study, said , as quoted by the BBC . While the results show that mouthwash may help kill the virus in saliva, no evidence indicates it is an effective treatment for COVID-19, as it does not reach the respiratory tract or the lungs, BBC News reported. (more...)
American Airlines And BA Launch Transatlantic Covid-19 Testing Trial American Airlines And BA Launch Transatlantic Covid-19 Testing Trial
- November 18, 2020

The airline says the pilot program will offer voluntary testing starting November 25 in partnership with American Airlines for passengers flying to Heathrow from New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. American chief executive Doug Parker noted the airline had already introduced pre-flight COVID testing for customers traveling from the United States to destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean. (more...)
Amazon opens online pharmacy, uprooting yet another sector Amazon opens online pharmacy, uprooting yet another sector
- November 17, 2020

The stocks of CVS Health Corp., Walgreens and Rite Aid all tumbled Tuesday. Amazon faces entrenched competition from Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Rite Aid, Kroger and others. Existing initiatives include its Haven healthcare joint venture with JP Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway; Halo health tracking device; COVID-19 testing for Amazon employees; and Amazon Care virtual and in-person clinics, now offered as a pilot program for employees in the Seattle region. (more...)
Santa Barbara County Assigned to Purple Widespread COVID-19 Tier Santa Barbara County Assigned to Purple Widespread COVID-19 Tier
- November 17, 2020

If Plumas had been placed in the purple tier, it would have closed virtually all businesses to indoor service. Newsom announced Monday that more counties will move more quickly into increased business restrictions as the state tries to head off a further spike in cases. (more...)

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