FDA to Allow Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine to Be Stored at Higher Temps:  NYT FDA to Allow Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine to Be Stored at Higher Temps:  NYT
The US FDA plans to approve Pfizer and BioNTech's request to store their COVID-19 vaccine at standard freezer temperatures instead of in ultra-cold conditions, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
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FDA Confirms Johnson & Johnson Single-Dose Vaccine Protects Against COVID-19, Signals Decision on Emergency Authorization Near
(WASHINGTON) — Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine protects against COVID-19, according to an analysis by U.S. regulators Wednesday that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration’s scientists confirmed that overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19. The agency also said J&J’s shot—one that could help speed vaccinations by requiring just one dose instead of two—is safe to use. That’s just one step in the FDA’s evaluation of a third vaccin...
Source: TIME: Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: FRANCIS KOKUTSE and CARLEY PETESC / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News wire Source Type: news

North Korea hacked Pfizer because it wants to sell bootleg COVID vaccines on the international black market, sources say
North Korea is well-practiced at drug smuggling and hacking, and needs as much foreign currency as it can get. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pfizer, Moderna Tell Congress a Big Jump in Vaccine Supply Is Coming
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 24, 2021 -- Officials from both Pfizer and Moderna delivered reassuring news about their COVID-19 vaccines to Congress on Tuesday: There will be a sharp rise in the delivery of doses in the coming month, and they will be able to... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 24, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

UK government reports over 240 deaths shortly after coronavirus vaccination
(Natural News) The U.K. government reported that more than 240 people have died shortly after getting the Wuhan coronavirus vaccines. British citizens who died after vaccination reportedly obtained either the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or the AstraZeneca jab. These vaccine candidates were approved by the British regulator and subsequently used in mass vaccination efforts. Despite this, the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
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Pfizer, Moderna, plan to ship 135M doses of covid vaccine in 5 weeks
To date, Pfizer has delivered about 40 million doses to the US, and Moderna has delivered 45 million, executives for each firm said during House Committee on a Energy and Commerce hearing. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pennsylvania's Covid-19 vaccine allocation to reach record weekly high
Gov. Tom Wolf said in a news conference Tuesday afternoon that governors were told by the federal government that the vaccine shipments delayed by weather — all of the Moderna shots due and a lot of Pfizer/BioNTech doses — would be caught up in distribution by Friday. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 23, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Paul J. Gough Source Type: news

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Tank a Month After Vaccines Roll Out
Two preliminary reports from the UK provide real-world evidence in support of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - February 23, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

COVID Sickness Dropped 95.8% After Both Pfizer Shots:  Israeli Health Ministry COVID Sickness Dropped 95.8% After Both Pfizer Shots:  Israeli Health Ministry
The risk of illness from COVID-19 dropped 95.8% among people who received both shots of Pfizer's vaccine, Israel's Health Ministry said on Saturday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines)
Source: Medscape Critical Care Headlines - February 23, 2021 Category: Intensive Care Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Pfizer refutes Matt Hancock's claim of Covid vaccine 'supply issues
Professor Paul Hunter, from the University of East Anglia, said Britain could struggle to get out enough first doses to stick to Boris Johnson's roadmap unless the pace of vaccination 'picks up very soon'. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
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Vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna pledge massive boost to U.S. supply after sluggish rollout
The increases needed to meet March delivery targets will be steep, however, and Biden administration officials expect the companies could come up slightly short. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isaac Stanley-Becker Source Type: news

Executives with Pfizer, Moderna say they're ramping up vaccine supplies
Pfizer plans to increase weekly shipments to more than 13 million doses, while Moderna is aiming for 40 million doses monthly. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Australia urged to manufacture mRNA Covid vaccines onshore to guard against supply disruption
Without the technology to produce mRNA vaccines such as the Pfizer jab, Australia and region remain ‘vulnerable to supply shocks’, scientists warnLeading Australian scientists have called on the federal government to urgently develop additional onshore Covid vaccine manufacturing capability to protect against supply disruption as the country completes its second day of vaccinations.In a pre-budget submission published on Tuesday, the Australian Academy of Science said without the ability to produce mRNA vaccines, Australia and the region remain vulnerable to supply limitations.Continue reading... (Source: Guard...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 23, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Melissa Davey Tags: Health Medical research Vaccines and immunisation Science Australia news Coronavirus Australian politics Source Type: news

Immunologist warns Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines may cause neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's
(Natural News) Immunologist J. Bart Classen warns that the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for COVID-19 can potentially cause neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. In a paper published in the journal Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Classen reported that mRNA-based vaccines like the two jabs can misfold proteins in the body that are linked to the development of neurodegenerative... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
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UK data shows Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provides high levels of protection from the first dose
Data analysed by Public Health England (PHE) shows the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provides high levels of protection against infection and symptomatic disease from the first dose. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 23, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Vaccines Sharply Cut Coronavirus Hospitalization, UK Studies Show
The Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines are both effective, and work against the more contagious virus variant in Britain,... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

' Real-World' UK Data Show 70% Decline in COVID Infections After First Pfizer Shot'Real-World' UK Data Show 70% Decline in COVID Infections After First Pfizer Shot
England's coronavirus vaccine campaign is significantly reducing cases of COVID-19, with a drop of around 70% in infections among healthcare workers who have had a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech shot, British health officials said on Monday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccine impact hailed as Johnson outlines four-stage plan to ease lockdown
A single dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine cuts risk of hospitalisation and infection substantially, Public Health England has confirmed, as prime minister Boris Johnson outlined a four-stage plan to ease lockdown. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 22, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Winter Storm Delays Cancer Treatment Across U.S.
Severe winter storms have affected multiple central U.S. states with power outages and water supply disruptions. State officials in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi say restoring power to everyone could still take several days. Over the past week, problems with state infrastructure left millions of residents across Texas and Oklahoma without heat and potable water. Dr. Raja Flores, a thoracic surgeon at Mount Sinai Cancer Center in New York, says the weather has also affected cancer patients in his area. “With the storm, many services are not available,” Dr. Flores told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 22, 2021 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Amy Edel Source Type: news

PHE monitoring of the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination, PHE
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, Public Health England has been monitoring the effectiveness of the vaccines in the real world and has now published its first analysis of the impact of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on:symptomatic disease;hospitalisation;death;infection (symptomatic or asymptomatic) (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC Report Shows No Evidence of Unexpected Adverse Events With COVID-19 Vaccines
MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2021 -- Initial findings do not indicate evidence of unexpected serious adverse events among individuals receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, according to research published in the Feb. 19 early-release issue... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccination linked to lower hospitalization risk in real-world data from Scotland
Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca shots associated with markedly reducing the risk of hospitalization for COVID-19, preliminary findings from Scotland suggest. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

UK Covid live: Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines reduce hospital admissions by 85% and 94%, study suggests
Data on coronavirus hospital admissions in Scotlandfinds fall among people who have had first jab compared with those who had notJohnson unveils lockdown exit plan: schools and social contact firstScotland vaccination drive linked to big drop in hospital admissionsVaccinating children could be key to stifling Covid, say expertsWhat must Boris Johnson consider before easing Covid lockdown?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage2.22pmGMTIn Scotland there has been a small rise in the number of Covid patients in hospital. There were 1,141 coronavirus patients in hospital yesterday,according to the fi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Andrew Sparrow Tags: Coronavirus Politics UK news Boris Johnson Health Health policy Vaccines and immunisation Keir Starmer Infectious diseases Medical research Source Type: news

Vaccine efficacy: How effective are Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines?
VACCINE efficacy remains a concern for Brits, millions of whom have now received either partial or full immunity for COVID-19 from one of three candidates. How effective are the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Sinopharm jabs? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 vaccines cut hospitalisation risk by around 90% early data show
Preliminary data on the impact of COVID-19 vaccination in Scotland show that both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/Astra Zeneca jabs reduce risk of hospitalisation substantially - in results hailed as 'very encouraging'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - February 22, 2021 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Scotland Covid vaccination drive linked to big drop in hospital admissions
Pfizer jab cuts risk of admission by up to 85% four weeks after first dose, while AstraZeneca jab cuts risk by 94%, study findsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageOne dose of vaccine against Covid-19 in Scotland has cut hospital admissions by more than 85%, according to the first data to be published on the impact of the UK programme.By the fourth week after receiving the initial dose, the Pfizer and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines had reduced the risk of hospitalisation from Covid-19 by up to 85% and 94% respectively, according to a study by Scottish universities and Public Health Scotland.Contin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 22, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Scotland Coronavirus UK news Health Science Society Source Type: news

Pfizer and BioNTech launch study of Covid-19 vaccine in healthy pregnant women
The study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of the vaccine given to pregnant women during weeks 24-34 of gestation, with the two doses given 21 days apart. The trial will also assess whether vaccinated women transfer protective antibodies to their babies. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can we avoid another coronavirus pandemic?
Trials have been on in Europe and Latin America since December, and the results could be out as early as next month. The good news is that, unlike the Pfizer shot that needs to be stored at -70 °C, the CureVac shot can be stored safely at +5°C (in an ordinary refrigerator) for three months. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pfizer vaccine stops Covid's spread, finds Israeli study
The Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE Covid-19 vaccine appeared to stop the vast majority of recipients in Israel becoming infected, providing the first real-world indication that the immunization will curb transmission of the coronavirus. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - February 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine limits transmission, study in Israel finds
The studies provide a significant step forward as they clarify some of the big questions surrounding the effect of vaccines on the... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Israel: Pfizer vaccine prevents 98.9 percent of COVID-19 deaths
The vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech is 98.8 percent effective at preventing deaths or hospitalizations due to COVID-19, the head... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Israel finds BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine reduces virus transmission
Health ministry data show shot is 89% effective at preventing infection of any kind (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - February 21, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

[Pfizer] Vaccine prevents 98.9% of COVID deaths, Israel's Health Ministry data shows
Officials hail 'dramatically' effective Pfizer shots; two weeks after second dose, vaccine also 99.2% protective against serious... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pfizer says its COVID vaccine doesn ’t need to be stored at ultra-freezing temps anymore
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine no longer needs to be kept at ultra-freezing temperatures and can be safely stored inside normal medical... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Israeli study finds 94% drop in symptomatic COVID-19 cases with Pfizer vaccine
Israel's largest healthcare provider on Sunday reported a 94% drop in symptomatic COVID-19 infections among 600,000 people who received... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Protesters ring bells, dress in costume in attempt to draw President Biden ’s attention outside Pfizer
President Joseph Biden visited the Pfizer facility in Portage on Friday, Feb. 19. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'What would they have me cut?': Biden urges Republicans to vote for his Covid relief bill
Biden also stressed that the vaccine was safe during a visit to a Pfizer factory, as his administration grapples with overcoming vaccine... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

President Joe Biden: Live Updates
President Biden is visiting a Pfizer production site in Michigan after he speaks at his first major international event as president,... (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pfizer to Begin Clinical Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnant Women
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- The first U.S. participants in a large-scale clinical trial to test the safety and efficacy of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women have received their shots, the company announced Thursday. The goal is to enroll... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Pfizer Says COVID Shot 85% Effective After 1 Dose; May Not Require Deep Freeze
FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2021 -- There was a double dose of good news Friday from COVID vaccine maker Pfizer: The company said just one dose may provide 85% protection against SARS-CoV-2, and vials of the vaccine might not require ultra-cold storage after... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 19, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Pfizer Asks FDA to Approve Storage of Vaccine in Standard Freezers Pfizer Asks FDA to Approve Storage of Vaccine in Standard Freezers
Pfizer and BioNTech are seeking FDA approval that would give vaccination sites an additional storage option.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - February 19, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

UK coronavirus: unions call for phased school return; 1 in 115 people in England had Covid last week - as it happened
This live blog is now closed.For the latest coronavirus news from around the world, head to our global blogMatt Hancock acted unlawfully by failing to public Covid contracts‘I’m quite angry’: reality of being added to England shielding listScientists highlight 12 criteria for Covid vaccine passportsCoronavirus global updates – liveSee all our coronavirus coverage5.00pmGMTThat ’s all from me for today. But our coverage continues on our global coronavirus live blog here:Related:Coronavirus live news: three-month gap makes Oxford jab more effective; Pfizer vaccine cuts transmission, studies find4...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 19, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Yohannes Lowe (now) and Alexandra Topping (earlier) Tags: Coronavirus Politics UK news Science Infectious diseases NHS G7 Boris Johnson Health Medical research Source Type: news

Studies Suggest People Who Had Covid-19 Should Get Single Vaccine Dose
New studies show that one shot of a vaccine can greatly amplify antibody levels in those who have recovered from the coronavirus. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Apoorva Mandavilli Tags: your-feed-science Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Research Antibodies Immune System SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) BioNTech SE Moderna Inc Pfizer Inc Source Type: news

UK scientists highlight 12 criteria for Covid vaccine passports
Royal Society says issues such as certifying immunity and data protection need to be consideredCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageVaccine passports are feasible, according to scientists at the Royal Society, but many pressing questions need to be answered around their use, from knowing whether vaccines protect people against transmitting coronavirus, to ensuring they do not lead to widespread discrimination and inequalities.Pfizer/BioNTechContinue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 19, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Coronavirus Vaccines and immunisation UK news Royal Society Science World news Health Infectious diseases Medical research Microbiology Source Type: news

Single Shot Of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine Is 85% Effective, Study Finds
The researchers said the findings support policies delaying the second shot in efforts to stretch supplies and speed up immunizations. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Hart, Forbes Staff Tags: Business /business Policy /policy Innovation /innovation Science /science Healthcare /healthcare Editors' Pick editors-pick Breaking breaking-news Coronavirus Source Type: news

Pfizer Covid vaccine up to 85 percent effective after first dose according to study
THE PFIZER/BIONTECH vaccine is up to 85 percent effective after the first dose - that's the latest finding in a study from Israel. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - February 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experimental mRNA vaccines cause 600 new cases of eye disorders and leave 5 people blind, according to UK Government
(Natural News) The government of the United Kingdom has been collecting critical safety data on the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines, and the latest report doesn’t paint a pretty picture. The first dose of the experimental Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been introduced into the arms of 5.4 million citizens, with 500,000 of these people receiving a second... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
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Pfizer submits data showing Covid-19 vaccine's stability in refrigerators
Pfizer/BioNTech's vaccine, along with Moderna Inc's two-dose vaccine, won the U.S. emergency use authorization (EUA) and is being widely distributed as part of the country's mass vaccination efforts. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Pfizer first dose 85% effective after 2-4 weeks: Study
Israeli studies have found the Pfizer vaccine to be 95 percent effective one week after a second jab, while the Lancet report focused on more than 9,000 medical staff at Sheba hospital near Tel Aviv. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Single dose of Pfizer and Astrazeneca Covid vaccines highly effective: Studies
Israeli studies have found the Pfizer vaccine to be 95 percent effective one week after a second jab, while the Lancet report focused on more than 9,000 medical staff at Sheba hospital near Tel Aviv. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - February 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news