Biden Vows Enough Vaccine ‘for Every Adult American’ by End of May

The pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. agreed to help manufacture Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine, in a deal partly brokered by the White House.

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Johnson & Johnson Will Test its Vaccine in Infants

The company’s coming trials will also involve pregnant women and people whose immune systems are compromised.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #immune-system, #internal-essential, #johnsonjohnson, #vaccination-and-immunization

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The Coronavirus Is Plotting a Comeback. Here’s Our Chance to Stop It for Good.

Many scientists are expecting another rise in infections. But this time the surge will be blunted by vaccines and, hopefully, widespread caution. By summer, Americans may be looking at a return to normal life.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #shutdowns-institutional, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Coronavirus Vaccine Finder Aims to Help Americans Get Shots

VaccineFinder.org is an ambitious but limited attempt to simplify Americans’ search for vaccines.

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Researchers Halt Trials of Promising Sickle Cell Treatment

Two patients in a gene therapy study developed cancer years after treatment. It is not clear whether the therapy was responsible.

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Who Will Be the Next F.D.A. Chief?

Two leading contenders generate wider debate about the leadership needed to restore morale and scientific integrity to an agency battered by the politicized Trump administration.

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My Teens Are Coronavirus Vaccine Guinea Pigs

A health journalist is getting a front-row seat to one of the most-anticipated pediatric trials in history.

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F.D.A. Agrees Moderna Can Increase Vaccine Supply in Each Vial

Federal regulators are in favor of a simple, potentially quick fix to bolster coronavirus vaccine supplies: more doses per bottle.

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Drug Prices by Committee: One Way Biden Could Lower Costs

Many countries use independent review boards to balance innovation and profit.

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Semaglutide Brings Significant Weight Loss in Obese Patients

In a clinical trial, participants taking semaglutide lost 15 percent of their body weight, on average.

#clinical-trials, #diabetes, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #new-england-journal-of-medicine, #northwestern-university, #novo-nordisk-a-s, #obesity, #weight

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How Merck’s Vaccine Lost the Covid Race

After ending its own Covid-19 vaccine trials, the company said that it is actively discussing with governments how to help its competitors make their shots.

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With Vaccines in More Drugstores, Pharmacies Go on Hiring Sprees

Pharmacies are dangling five-figure signing bonuses and competing against one another to quickly recruit pharmacists and support staff.

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How the Patent and Trademark Office Can Promote Racial Justice

President Biden should choose the next director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office carefully.

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Solidarity Is Not an Easy Sell as E.U. Lags in Vaccine Race

Europe’s collective vaccine purchase is an experiment in deeper integration. Despite a rocky start, many countries still stand to benefit, but it’s the most powerful who have least to gain.

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How Scientists Shot Down Cancer’s ‘Death Star’

No drug could touch a quivering protein implicated in a variety of tumors. Then one chemist saw an opening.

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Israel’s Covid Vaccination Results Point a Way Out of Pandemic

Covid cases fell dramatically and quickly among people who were vaccinated, Israeli studies found. It’s the strongest evidence yet that a robust vaccination program can tame the pandemic.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #israel, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Lawmaker Promoted Stem Cell Therapy for Covid-19 in Fraud Scheme, U.S. Says

Tricia Derges, a Republican state representative in Missouri, falsely claimed to patients at her medical clinic that she was injecting them with stem cells, prosecutors said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #frauds-and-swindling, #state-legislatures, #stem-cells, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #united-states-politics-and-government

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McKinsey Settles for $573 Million Over Role in Opioid Crisis

The consulting firm has reached the agreement with 47 states because of its advice to drugmakers, including Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin.

#addiction-psychology, #deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #mckinseyco, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Top E.U. Official Comes Under Fire in Vaccine Wars

Ursula von der Leyen has largely stayed away from the limelight while driving the handling of a crisis and letting subordinates take the blame.

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As Virus Variants Spread, ‘No One Is Safe Until Everyone Is Safe’

Rich countries are cornering the market on coronavirus vaccines, leaving poorer regions as potential breeding grounds for variants, like one found in South Africa, that could make vaccines less effective.

#africa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #south-africa, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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How the Search for Covid-19 Treatments Faltered While Vaccines Sped Ahead

Vaccine development exceeded everyone’s expectations. But the next few months will still bring many sick people — and doctors have woefully few drugs with which to treat them.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #remdesivir-drug, #research, #your-feed-healthcare

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Which Covid Vaccine Should You Get? Experts Weigh the Effect Against Severe Disease

Infectious disease doctors say getting a shot of the J&J vaccine, which has a lower efficacy against the virus than other vaccines, would still be well worthwhile.

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Pregnant Women Get Conflicting Advice on Covid-19 Vaccines

The W.H.O. and the C.D.C. provide differing views, and experts partly blame a lack of data because expectant mothers have been excluded from clinical trials.

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E.U. and U.K. Fight Over Coronavirus Vaccines: ‘Solidarity Is Failing’

As vaccine production falls behind schedule, and the European Union lags in inoculating people, Brussels and London are lobbing threats and accusations at each other.

#astrazeneca-plc, #belgium, #biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #europe, #factories-and-manufacturing, #oxford-university, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden Pledges to Speed Flow of Vaccines to the States

President Biden said the amount of coronavirus vaccines reaching the states would rise next week and a deal was near to provide enough shots to vaccinate nearly all Americans by the end of summer.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #moderna-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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If You Squeeze the Coronavirus, Does It Shatter?

Scientists are exploring the physics of viruses, to understand how these pathogens assemble themselves — and might be rent apart.

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In Israel, Infections Drop Sharply After One Shot of Vaccine

Initial studies show a significant drop in infections and hospitalizations after just one dose, and very few cases after two. Experts caution that the results are preliminary.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #israel, #pfizer-inc, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Pfizer Will Ship Fewer Covid-19 Vaccine Vials to Account for ‘Extra’ Doses

After the surprise discovery of an extra dose in every vial, Pfizer executives successfully lobbied the F.D.A. to change the vaccine’s formal authorization language. The company charges by the dose.

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Pfizer Will Ship Fewer Vaccine Vials to Account for ‘Extra’ Doses

After the surprise discovery of an extra dose in every vial, Pfizer executives successfully lobbied the F.D.A. to change the vaccine’s formal authorization language. The company charges by the dose.

#biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #pfizer-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Ukraine Ended Secret Government Spending. Vaccine Makers Now Demand It.

Seeking to secure vital supplies, the authorities in the country maneuvered around anticorruption rules that require public disclosure of contracts.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #europe, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #ukraine, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Eli Lilly Claims Drug Prevents Coronavirus Infection in Nursing Homes

A monoclonal antibody protected residents and staff members in facilities where the virus had appeared.

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F.D.A. Approves Monthly Shots to Treat H.I.V.

A combination of two injectable drugs will provide an alternative to daily pills for people with H.I.V.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #united-states, #your-feed-science

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Why Biden Inherited a Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Unlikely to Grow Before April

But with 200 million doses pledged for the first quarter of the year, some experts say President Biden’s plan for 100 million shots in 100 days is far too modest.

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Biden Inherits a Vaccine Supply Unlikely to Grow Before April

But with 200 million doses pledged for the first quarter of the year, some experts say President Biden’s plan for 100 million shots in 100 days is far too modest.

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Drug Prevents Coronavirus Infection in Nursing Homes, Maker Claims

A monoclonal antibody protected residents and staff members in facilities where the virus had appeared.

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U.S. Vaccine Supply: What to Know

Can President Biden really boost production? Why are governors trying to buy directly from Pfizer? And when will supply exceed demand?

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A Mix of Pride and Doubts as Modi Launches India’s Covid-19 Vaccine Drive

One of the world’s largest inoculation programs is set to begin on Saturday, but experts have questioned the data behind one of the country’s two vaccines — and patients don’t get to pick their shot.

#bharat-biotech-ltd, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #factories-and-manufacturing, #india, #pune-india, #serum-institute-of-india, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Biden Picks Former F.D.A. Chief to Lead Federal Vaccine Efforts

Dr. David Kessler, who helped speed the development and approval of AIDS drugs in the 1990s, will become the top science official at Operation Warp Speed.

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Biden Should Boost Covid Vaccine Supply With New Manufacturing Plan

Two decades ago, the U.S. launched a program to help supply the world with H.I.V. medication. It should take a similar approach to Covid.

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Supreme Court Revives Abortion-Pill Restriction

In their first abortion case since Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined the court, the justices reinstated a requirement that women seeking medication abortions pick up a pill in person.

#abortion, #barrett-amy-coney, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #decisions-and-verdicts, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Eli Lilly’s Alzheimer’s Drug Shows Promise in Small Trial

Participants with the disease still declined, but much more slowly than those receiving a placebo, investigators say.

#alzheimers-disease, #clinical-trials, #donanemab, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #eli-lilly-and-company, #research

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Covid Deaths Lowered in Trial of Tocilizumab and Sarilumab

The big dip in mortality shown in the trial of about 800 patients has caught some experts by surprise because previous studies of the drugs showed little benefit.

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After Quick Vaccine Success, Israel Faces New Virus Woes

Israel imposed a tighter lockdown as coronavirus infections soared, the variant spread, vaccines were running out and a debate erupted over the country’s responsibility to the Palestinians.

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How to Fix the Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout

The situation is already devolving into chaos. We need new ideas.

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India Approves Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine and 1 Other

The approvals, which include a shot developed by Bharat Biotech, an Indian pharmaceutical company, begin a vast campaign to inoculate the hard-hit nation’s 1.3 billion people.

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Don’t Worry Too Much About Covid Vaccine Allergic Reactions

We should expect some people to experience side effects. The shot is still safer than the disease.

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Don’t Let the Pandemic Stop Your Shots

Even as older adults await the coronavirus vaccine, many are skipping the standard ones. That’s not wise, health experts say.

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For Covid-19 Vaccines, Some Are Too Rich — and Too Poor

Global inequality is shaping which countries get vaccines first. In South Africa, people’s best chance for vaccines anytime soon is to join an experimental trial.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #medicine-and-health, #poverty, #south-africa, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Turkey and Brazil Say Chinese Vaccine Effective, With Sparse Supporting Data

The clinical trial in Turkey was much smaller than those of other major vaccine candidates, making the researchers’ claims for it less certain.

#biontech-se, #brazil, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #sinovac-biotech-ltd, #turkey, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Boston Doctor Develops Severe Allergic Reaction After Getting Moderna Vaccine

The patient, who has a severe shellfish allergy, recovered quickly with treatment. Until now, reports of severe reactions had been linked to the Pfizer vaccine.

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