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Health department warning over vaccine mandate for NHS staff in England
Exclusive: Leaked document says data on jabs’ effectiveness against Omicron weakens case for compulsory vaccination
EU regulator says mRNA shots safe during pregnancy
The EMA said there was no evidence of a higher risk of complications
Pandemic to endemic? Moderna chair says it could happen this year
Moderna co-founder tells Bloomberg News that 2022 may be the year the pandemic enters the endemic phase.
Canada says vaccine mandates work as Quebec's 'unvaxxed tax' leads to spike in first dose appointments
One day after the Canadian province of Quebec announced it would financially penalize residents who are unvaccinated, the province's health minister said Wednesday first-time appointments spiked in the hours following the announcement.
Over 1 Million People Reported Positive In A Single Day As The US Struggles With The Omicron Wave
“I wish I hadn’t exposed any of my coworkers, but I didn’t know,” said one person who tested positive after multiple negative at-home tests.
'We can't vaccinate the planet every six months,' says Oxford vaccine scientist
A leading expert who helped create the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine said Tuesday that giving everyone in the world booster shots multiple times a year is not feasible.
Johnson & Johnson Covid Booster Highly Effective Against Severe Omicron: Study
The South African Medical Research Council compared 69,000 health care workers who received two doses of the vaccine, based on viral vector technology, against a group of people who were unvaccinated.
Why some people don't want a Covid-19 vaccine
Social media is rife with posts disparaging the vaccine hesitant – but these reactions to a complex and nuanced issue are doing more harm than good.
Three Sinovac Doses Fail to Protect Against Omicron in Study
Two doses and a booster of the Covid-19 vaccine made by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd., one of the most widely used in the world, didn’t produce sufficient levels of neutralizing antibodies to protect against the omicron variant, a laborat...
WHO Approves Novavax As 10th Authorised Covid Jab
Nuvaxovid uses a traditional technology involving proteins found on coronavirus spike proteins that trigger an immune response.
Singapore finds first local Omicron cluster, expects more cases
Singapore reported its first suspected local omicron cluster, a group of three Covid-19 infections traced to a gym, the health ministry said in a statement late Monday.
EU sets 9-month validity of vaccinations for travel pass
The European Commission on Tuesday adopted rules that will make the European Union Covid-19 certificate valid for travel nine months after the completion of the primary vaccination schedule.
Boosters significantly restore protection vs Omicron, UK says
Booster COVID-19 shots significantly restore protection against mild disease caused by the Omicron variant, in part reversing an otherwise steep drop in vaccine effectiveness, the UK Health Security Agency said on Friday.
Omicron is coming but boosters should fight it, federal health officials say
Federal health officials said Wednesday they are ready for an onslaught of the fast-transmitting Omicron coronavirus variant but said if people get vaccinated and boosted they should be all right.
Johnson & Johnson Covid Vaccine Can Be Used As Booster: EU Medical Body
A booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine Janssen may be considered at least two months after the first dose in people aged 18 years and above, the European Medicines Agency said.
Vaccine Effectiveness Against Severe Covid Drops Slightly: WHO
The WHO, however, said that the vaccines are not failing and do provide significant protection against severe Covid and death.
Omicron Probably In Most Countries, Spreading At Unprecedented Rate: WHO
The WHO chief told reporters the Omicron strain of COVID-19 had been reported in 77 countries and had "probably" spread to most nations undetected.
Pfizer Covid Pill Nearly 90% Effective, Works On Omicron, Shows Lab Data
Recent lab data suggests the Pfizer antiviral Covid pill retains its effectiveness against the fast spreading Omicron variant.
Pfizer Jab Provides Less Immunity To Omicron Than Other Variants
Researchers at the Africa Health Research Institute in Durban, South Africa, found omicron resulted in about a 40-fold reduction in levels of neutralizing antibodies produced by people who had received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech SE...
Omicron Could Displace Delta: WHO's Soumya Swaminathan
Soumya Swaminathan said it was far from certain that Omicron emerged in southern Africa.
US, Other Countries Tighten Travel Rules Over New Variant Concerns
A World Health Organization official said 24 countries may have reported cases of the variant so far but that some of the early indications were that most cases were mild, with none severe.
Pfizer Already Working On Covid Vaccine Targeting 'Omicron': CEO
The current vaccine is "very effective" against Delta, the executive said, adding that the companies expect to be able to produce four billion vaccine doses in 2022.
Developing New Version Of Sputnik Vaccine Adapted To 'Omicron': Russia
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which supported the vaccine's development by the state-run Gamaleya Center, said that the centre "has already begun developing the new version of Sputnik vaccine adapted to Omicron."
"Race Against Time" To Tackle New Covid Variant: European Union Chief
"We know we are now in a race against time," Ursula von der Leyen said during a visit to Riga, adding that vaccine manufacturers needed two to three weeks "to get a full picture of the quality of the mutations".
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