Vaccine makers are testing the safety and efficacy of third doses now to prepare to address new coronavirus variants later.
Moderna says it had completed manufacturing doses of a new version of its Covid-19 vaccine modified to target the South Africa strain, or B.1.351, and shipped it to researchers at the National Institutes of Health for clinical study
Moderna shipped a new version of its coronavirus vaccine to the NIH so that it could be tested in people.
Pfizer and Moderna have improved manufacturing capabilities and plan to deliver doses to the US ahead of schedule.
Johnson & Jonhson's coronavirus vaccine is the only one that's been tested out in the US as just one shot.
Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine works against all known variants of the coronavirus, according to new data released today, with the FDA saying the one-dose drug meets its requirements for Emergency Authorization Approval (EUA) review. It’s a big step forward for what could be the third vaccine for COVID-19 to be deployed in the US, and one which has … Continue reading
Vaccine is no child’s play!In the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, those aged under 21 have received limited focus.This is primarily because the virus affects older people much more.Oxford and AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novovax, and Covaxin have announced plans and clinical trials for vaccines catering to children aged 12 and above.Pfizer and Moderna have already begun their trials.To build herd immunity in the community and bring this population back to school, vaccination becomes necessary.For a pandemic to end about 70-90% of the population will need to be vaccinated.Governments are likely to face challenges including those who do not want to get vaccinated.India has a largely young population so the fight against the virus will depend heavily upon how quickly they are vaccinated.Besides, the longer the pandemic rages on, the worse the effects on education which is currently online.Here's the lowdown about COVID-19 vaccines for children:https://transfin.in/when-will-covid-19-vaccines-be-available-for-children-and-teenagers
Week-long programming on technology, innovation and decarbonization—centered in the “CERAWeek Agora-X”—will be a major focus at the world’s preeminent energy conference, to be held virtually March 1-5Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, will be among the technology and innovation speakers at CERAWeek by IHS Markit 2021—the world’s preeminent energy conference—to be held virtually March 1-5.Mr.Jassy will speak about reinventing the energy industry for a more sustainable future and will join a lineup of technology leaders such as Moderna co-founder and chairman Noubar Afeyan, Microsoft chief environmental officer Lucas Joppa and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz.CERAWeek 2021: The New Map: Energy, Climate and Charting the Futurewill examine a new global map being shaped by dramatic shifts in energy and geopolitics—a map defined less by physical and political boundaries than by policies, technology, alliances and possibly collisions in global commerce and politics.Inspired by the new book, The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations by IHS Markit Vice Chairman and CERAWeek Chairman Daniel Yergin, the conference program will focus on key themes related to Energy Transition; Geopolitics, Economics and Markets; Investment and Financing; Technology and Innovation; Mobility and the Future Workforce.The CERAWeek Agora-X will serve as the central hub of the technology and innovation program at the virtual conference.It will feature a community of thought leaders, technologists, start-ups, investors, academics, energy companies and government officials to explore emerging technologies in the energy space—from digital and AI to storage, renewables, mobility, hydrogen, nuclear, additive manufacturing and agile design, robotics and more.The CERAWeek Agora-X program is available to all CERAWeek registrants and will comprise a series of candid conversations, on-demand presentations and discussions, anchored by the Voices of Innovation series featuring intimate, one-on-one conversations with thought leaders including:Noubar Afeyan, co-founder and chairman, Moderna.Interviewed by Walter Isaacson, author and professor of history, Tulane UniversityArun Majumdar, founding director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E).Interviewed by Atul Arya, senior vice president and chief energy strategist, IHS MarkitJon Hirschtick, founderand former CEO of SolidWorks.Interviewed by Pratima Rangarajan, CEO, OGCI Climate InvestmentsWalter Isaacson, author and professor of history, Tulane University.Interviewed by Antonia Bullard, senior associate, IHS MarkitThe CERAWeek Agora-X program also includes Studio sessions—moderated dialogues with 2-3 guest speakers on emerging and disruptive technologies—focused on topics such as:Low Carbon Hydrogen: Production technologies and costsWhat Happens to Mobility in the Post-pandemic World?New Horizons for Energy and Climate ResearchHow Will the Energy Innovation Ecosystem Evolve?Utility-scale Batteries and Storage: What’s Ahead?“The convergence of technology and energy has never been stronger,” said Daniel Yergin, vice chairman, IHS Markit and CERAWeek conference chair.
This summary table shows the difference between the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca-Oxford University.
Workers have to fill out an internal form and provide proof of vaccination to receive the gift cards.
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Taiwan has given emergency authorization to AstraZeneca/Oxford University's COVID-19 vaccine. The country has 10 million doses ordered and should begin inoculations within the next fortnight.
When people are afraid of something, they often latch on to bizarre theories about it, or completely switch off.That’s the view of Hanniyah Bukhari, 19, who lives in Bradford and is one of 20 young people trained as “Covid advocates” to tackle the misinformation and myths circulating in their communities about the coronavirus vaccines.Their aim is to fight confusion with facts and rebuild trust with vaccine sceptics among Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. She wants to help people to make an informed choice about having a Covid-19 vaccine, in the face of mounting concern that the uptake in BAME groups won’t be as high or rapid as the white population.“When something like coronavirus happens out of the blue, it results in huge fear and sometimes people believe in the most bizarre things to suppress that fear,” Bukhari told HuffPost UK.“They are then believing that misinformation and thinking that a coronavirus vaccine is something to fear.”Bukhari, who is studying clinical sciences at the University of Bradford, wanted to become a “Covid vaccine ambassador” to get the facts out in her community, and to build trust with those who are sceptical.She believes it is important for conversations to start at home with parents and grandparents before taking the vaccine message to the wider community.“When there is so much information happening, there is information overload which can push people into a state of fear or make them switch off completely,” she said.“At the height of the pandemic, there were all sorts of myths circulating within the community – such as people saying not to get it done as it had a chip in it and you would be tracked.“Another bizarre theory I heard was that the government was targeting the BAME community with the vaccine so they could keep an eye on them for racist reasons such as suspecting them of terrorism.“For me, becoming a Covid advocate was about eradicating this information and making people realise that the scientists who have developed these coronavirus vaccines are doing this for the good of humanity.”
For me, becoming a Covid advocate was about eradicating this information and making people realise that the scientists who have developed these coronavirus vaccines are doing this for the good of humanityHanniyah BukhariBukhari told HuffPost UK she had tried to explain to people that no one was tracking them – and remind them that many have already had multiple vaccines in the past without negative consequences.“I had sceptics in my own family and I have managed to turn a few of them and changed their rationale to the point where one person who was totally against the vaccine has now had it,” she said.“The community is a very powerful force and getting through to BAME individuals will really broaden the success of the coronavirus vaccine rollout.”It was realising the powerful force of young people forging trust with their own communities that led to the creation of the “Covid Lead” programme to challenge misconceptions within some Black and Asian communities.Neesie, an organisation in Bradford which supports single mothers, created the unique programme for BAME young people to upskill them to become Covid public advocates to dispel coronavirus myths with leadership skills.Neesie has recruited 20 young people aged between 18 and 25 who are from Black, Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi backgrounds, and teamed up with Bradford’s university and hospital to teach them about Covid and arm them with facts about the vaccine.The plan was for the young people to go out into their communities to spread awareness – but, due to the lockdown, they are speaking to community groups through online platforms to eradicate myths and misconceptions.“These BAME young people are living in inner city areas and many of them are the first from their family to have gone to university,” said Noreen Khan, lead programme director and founder of Neesie.“The majority are from pharmaceutical and nursing backgrounds from the university so will be taken seriously and trusted by people from their communities.“Now they have been upskilled on the background of viruses and given coronavirus specific knowledge, they can have Covid community conversations and challenge misconceptions.”Khan told HuffPost UK that the young people have been rebuilding trust that was lost due to the way coronavirus messaging was handled by the government – particularly during the early part of the pandemic. And she admitted that language barriers have been an issue.“There has been so much disconnect between government and public health and most people were confused by the government briefings, which would often oppose what public health experts had said.“By the time these messages got to those with little or no English, they became even more confusing, so people disengaged and this meant the vulnerable became even harder to reach.“People on the ground were so disorientated by the confusing and mixed messages coming from government, I think a lot of them, particularly BAME people, just switched off.“Their only stance as a protest was to say they will not take the vaccine.”
By the time these messages got to those with little or no English, they became even more confusingNoreen KhanHowever, Khan says the Covid Lead programme is already making a huge difference. She revealed the result is that around eight people a day are turning from being vaccine hesitant to pro vaccine.Changing the mind of her Ghanaian mum has been a proud achievement for Blessing Pokuaa, 20, who is studying clinical science and medicine at the University of Bradford and is one of the 20 young people trained as Covid advocates.“Being from the African community, I knew there were some reservations about the coronavirus vaccines,” she told HuffPost UK.“There has been a long history of misusing and abusing the BAME community when it comes to medication. Some people felt they were going to be used as experiments to see if the vaccine worked and then if it did, the vaccine would be given to other people.“I came up against a lot of vaccine mistrust and even my own family members were sceptical of it. But I knew it stemmed from a long history, so I had to be sensitive.”“I explained that the reason there was a government campaign to urge BAME people to have the vaccine was because the BAME community was dying at higher rates,” she said.Pokuaa says there is so much information available from different sources that people are not able to differentiate between what is good and what is fake.
There has been a long history of misusing and abusing the BAME community when it comes to medicationBlessing PokuaaShe also feels there is a technological barrier, especially for older generations of minority ethnic people.“I want to help settle their fears and give them the right information,” she said. “I tell them that it is entirely their choice whether they have the vaccine, but if they choose to have it, it is perfectly safe and their fears are unfounded.“They can make a choice with the facts instead of being scared.“When I first told my mum that I would be having the vaccine when it was offered to me, her initial reaction was: ‘Oh no, don’t do that. You don’t know what’s in it.’“But now, her attitude is different. Being able to change your mum’s mind is a real achievement. She hasn’t had the vaccine herself yet as she is under 50. But I think she will have it when the time comes, especially if I coax her a bit more.”A star-studded advert featuring celebrities including Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Romesh Ranganathan has been shown across the UK’s main commercial TV channels to urge people from ethnic minority communities to take up the vaccine when they’re invited.The video was coordinated by Citizen Khan creator Adil Ray.Dr Samia Latif, a consultant in communicable disease control and chair of the BAME network for Public Health England, told HuffPost UK: “The messenger can actually be more important than the message itself. It has to come from a trusted person.“Someone who looks like you and speaks the same language and has the same cultural or faith background as you is often better at relaying the message and being trusted.”During the first lockdown, Dr Latif recorded a podcast in Urdu to tackle language barriers around coronavirus messaging.But she says she now feels the language barrier is less of an issue as many individuals and organisations have made information available in different languages.Dr Latif stresses that she does not speak for Public Health England.“It is fear of the unknown and the rumour mongering needs to be quashed by someone they trust,” she said.“That can be a BAME health professional or a community champion, or it could be someone from a local faith group. It just needs to be someone the community trusts as this will make them more likely to take the messages on board.“The messages also need to be not just written in different languages, but use simple, clear language with pictures and infographics.“There have been a lot of language translations but are they reaching people and do they know where to find them? There is so much information, many don’t know where to begin.“People need help in navigating the minefield of information out there and knowing what is from a trusted source.”
Someone who looks like you and speaks the same language and has the same cultural or faith background as you is often better at relaying the message and being trustedDr Samia LatifFor some Muslim people, concerns about the vaccine centre around whether it is against their religion or not.Yusuf Shabbir, an Imam in Blackburn, is a religious advisor on the website Islamicportal.co.uk, which has been advising the community on Covid-related matters since the start of the pandemic – including about burials, mosques and Ramadan.He told HuffPost UK a significant number of Muslims rely on the site’s information on whether things are halal or not. “There are a huge range of concerns people have specifically on the vaccine,” he said. “These include ethical concerns, moral concerns and medical concerns.“Our role in this is to provide information from a religious perspective.”Shabbir explained that they carefully researched the two vaccines currently being rolled out in the UK – the Pfizer and the Oxford AstraZeneca jabs – as well as the Moderna vaccine which has been approved by the UK but is not yet available. They have concluded that all three all halal.“The three vaccines approved for the UK are lawful for Muslims and they should not be concerned from a religious point of view,” he said.“We will engage with the manufacturers of any other vaccines that get approved for the UK in the future.”He added: “If people have any other concerns about the coronavirus vaccines, they should speak to the experts in those areas about them.”Related...Are Coronavirus Lockdown Messages Getting Through To Minority Groups?It’s Harder For Black And Asian People To Trust The Covid Vaccine. Here’s What Needs To HappenThese Celebs Are Urging You To Get The Coronavirus VaccineThe True Scale Of Covid Deaths Is Still Unknown. Here's Why
Pfizer and BioNTech announced Friday that they are seeking approval from the FDA to store their COVID-19 vaccine at higher temperatures.
Millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses allocated to nursing homes have gone unused as state residents pine for their share of shots.
Dolly Parton has requested that plans for a statue of her to be erected in her home state of Tennessee to be put on hold, due to “all that is going on in the world”.In January 2021, Democrat Representative John Mark Windle introduced a bill calling for the country music legend to be honoured in the grounds of the Capitol in Tennessee.However, Dolly has now issued a statement on Twitter, saying she doesn’t believe the time is right for her to be put “on a pedestal”.“I want to thank the Tennessee legislature for their consideration of a bill to erect a statue of me on the Capitol grounds,” she wrote.“I am honoured and humbled by their intention but I have asked the leaders of the state legislature to remove the bill from any and all consideration.”Dolly continued: “Given all that is going on in the world, I don’t think putting me on a pedestal is appropriate at this time.“I hope, though, that somewhere down the road several years from now, or perhaps after I’m gone if you still feel I deserve it, then I’m certain I will stand proud in our great State Capitol as a grateful Tennessean.”She added: “In the meantime, I’ll continue to try to do good work to make this great state proud.”❤️ pic.twitter.com/qD9yGODWtT— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) February 18, 2021It was revealed last year that Dolly had donated $1 million (£760,000) to coronavirus research, which had contributed massively to the development of the Moderna vaccine.At the time, it was reported that Dolly had become friends with Vanderbilt University surgeon Naji Abumrad after she was involved in a car accident in 2013.At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the doctor showed the Grammy-winning musician the research the university was doing on antibodies to combat Covid-19, and she stumped up a cool million to the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, which was involved in the Moderna vaccine trial.READ MORE:Dolly Parton Turned Down Donald Trump's Offer To Award Her Medal Of Freedom – TwiceBarack Obama Admits To One Very Large Dolly Parton-Related MistakeDolly Parton Laughs Off Rumours She's Having Secret Gay Affair With Childhood Friend
Early data suggests people who get vaccinated have a lower risk of passing COVID-19 along to others, even if they get sick.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden's chief medical advisor, said the timeline was delayed because the US had fewer Johnson & Johnson vaccines than expected.
Vaccine efficacy is a metric that measures how well cases of an infectious disease, like the coronavirus, are stamped out when people get their shots.
The shoe designer Brian Atwood posted a video saying he was "lucky" to receive a leftover dose administered by his husband, Dr. Jake Deutsch.