Tag: Biotech and Pharmaceuticals

FDA panel unanimously recommends Moderna Covid booster shots for at-risk adults

A key Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Thursday unanimously recommended giving booster shots of Moderna‘s Covid-19 vaccine to people ages 65 and older and other vulnerable Americans. The vote was a crucial step before the U.S. can start administering third shots to some of the more than 69 million people who originally received […]

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb says Merck’s Covid pill ‘can make a real difference’

Dr. Scott Gottlieb explained why he’s optimistic about Merck‘s Covid antiviral pill after the drugmaker asked the Food and Drug Administration Monday to authorize its pill to treat people with mild to moderate Covid symptoms.  “The topline data from this Merck study was probably the best treatment effect we’ve seen from orally available antiviral drug […]

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U.S. moves closer to clearing Moderna and J&J Covid booster shots this week

Anjali Sundararaman, a student nurse at San Francisco State University, administers a dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Cuixia Xu during a vaccination clinic at the Southeast Health Center in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood in San Francisco, California on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. Stephen Lam | San Francisco Chronicle | Hearst Newspapers via Getty Images […]

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Nordic countries are restricting the use of Moderna’s Covid vaccine. Here’s why

A healthcare worker holds syringes with the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a vaccination centre, in El Paso, Texas, May 6, 2021. Jose Luis Gonzalez | Reuters Finland and Sweden are limiting the use of Moderna‘s Covid-19 vaccine in young people over concerns around rare cardiovascular side effects. Finland’s national […]

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Latin America and Caribbean Islands have vaccinated just 37% of populations against Covid, WHO officials say

A maquiladora worker receives a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine at a Lear Corp. factory in Ciudad Jurez, Chihuahua state, Mexico, on Tuesday August, 23, 2021. Paul Ratje | Bloomberg | Getty Images Just 37% of people in Latin America and the Caribbean have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, almost half the rate […]

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Fauci says FDA will review Merck’s new Covid treatment ‘as quickly as they possibly can’

White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday that the Food and Drug Administration will review data on Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics’ new Covid oral antiviral “as quickly as they possibly can” in hopes of issuing an emergency use authorization. The companies said their antiviral treatment, molnupiravir, reduced the risk of hospitalization or […]

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Doctor treating pregnant Covid patients warns this could be ‘just another lull before another potential surge’

On the heels of the deadliest month of the pandemic for pregnant people yet, Dr. Manisha Gandhi told CNBC that she’s not optimistic about Covid-19 this winter. “To be dealing with this surge and taking care of really sick women, has just really taken a toll,” said Gandhi, who is chief of maternal-fetal medicine at […]

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CDC director says U.S. Covid deaths among pregnant women peaked in August

A Pregnant woman getting an ultrasound Kemal Yildirim | E+ | Getty Images Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Thursday that Covid-19 deaths among pregnant women reached a record high of 21 in August, urging expectant mothers to get vaccinated against the virus. Just 31% of pregnant women nationwide are […]

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Fauci says data from NIH’s mix-and-match Covid vaccine booster trials will soon be ready

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gives an opening statement during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss the on-going federal response to COVID-19, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., May 11, 2021. Greg Nash | Pool | Reuters White House chief medical […]

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CDC director weighs in on whether kids should go trick-or-treating on Halloween amid the pandemic

NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 31: A child dressed as Wonder Woman for Halloween at Fort Green Park on October 31, 2020 in New York City. The CDC shared on their website alternative ways to still celebrate the holiday while being safe. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images) David Dee Delgado | Getty Images News […]

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