PHL FDA issues EUA to J&J’s single-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine

  (Eagle News) – After careful consideration, the Philippine Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to the “Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine” of Johnson and Johnson on Monday, April 19. The single dose vaccine can only be used for individuals aged 18 and above. The FDA said that Johnson and Johnson was able to provide all the supporting documents, and these had been reviewed by local experts. The EUA was issued amid a […]

Pfizer CEO: Vaccine third dose ‘likely’ needed within 12 months

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The head of Pfizer said in an interview aired Thursday that people will “likely” need a third dose of his company’s Covid-19 shot within six to 12 months of vaccination, while elsewhere defending the relatively higher cost of the jab. CEO Albert Bourla also said annual vaccinations against the coronavirus may well be required. “We need to see what would be the sequence, and for how often we need […]

The Brazil variant: what we know

by Louis GENOT RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — The “Brazil variant” — a more contagious mutation of the coronavirus that emerged in the Amazon late last year — is fueling fears the pandemic could flare anew, leading several countries to suspend flights from Brazil. Here is a rundown of what we know — and don’t — about the variant known as P1. Why is it worrying?  There are still a lot of unknowns about […]

Russia says Sputnik V vaccine does not cause blood clots

  MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — The developer of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine said Wednesday its jab did not cause blood clots, a potential side effect that has disrupted rollouts in several Western countries. The United States has recommended pausing its rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after one person out of nearly seven million Americans died from a rare type of clot in the brain following inoculation . Denmark on Wednesday became the […]

Open the windows to curb Covid spread: experts

by Kelly MACNAMARA Agence France Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — Opening windows and ventilating spaces should be at the heart of efforts to prevent the spread of Covid-19, a group of experts said Thursday, arguing that confusion over airborne transmission meant this simple measure was being overlooked. Mounting evidence convinced many places to adopt mask-wearing recommendations and health authorities have for months said that crowded, badly ventilated indoor spaces are a particular risk. The virus […]

Drug-resistant malaria gaining foothold in Africa: study

  by Marlowe HOOD Agence France Presse Researchers on Thursday reported the first clinical evidence that drug-resistant mutations of the parasite responsible for malaria are gaining ground in Africa. Experts have long worried about the emergence of drug resistance across the continent, which accounted for more than 90 percent of malaria deaths worldwide in 2019. A new study published in The Lancet appears to confirm those fears. In clinical trials, the disease lingered longer in […]

Moderna Covid vaccine efficacy falls slightly to 90% in US trial

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US biotech company Moderna announced Covid vaccine is 90 percent effective against all forms of the disease and 95 percent effective against severe disease. The new results come from its ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial involving more 30,000 people across the United States, and the headline efficacy figure is a slight decrease from an earlier figure of 94.1 percent published in the New England Journal of Medicine in December. […]

US pauses J&J vaccine in blow to global immunization drive; rare clot in brain found in 6 women

South Africa follows US lead in suspending J&J vaccine rollout by Issam AHMED Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US health authorities on Tuesday recommended pausing the Johnson & Johnson Covid shot over blood clot fears, with the company quickly announcing it would delay its European rollout, in a setback for global immunization campaigns. Out of nearly seven million Americans who have so far received the single dose vaccine, six women between age […]

Covid patients with sedentary habits more likely to die: study

  by Marlowe HOOD Agence France Presse Among covid patients, a lack of exercise is linked to more severe symptoms and a higher risk of death, according to a study covering nearly 50,000 people who were infected with the virus. People physically inactive for at least two years before the pandemic were more likely to be hospitalised, to require intensive care, and to die, researchers reported Tuesday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. As […]

UK B.1.1.7 variant not linked to more serious infections: study

  The UK variant of the novel coronavirus does not increase the severity of Covid-19 compared to other strains, according to research published Tuesday that also confirmed its increased transmissibility. The variant, known as B117, is now the dominant viral strain across much of Europe, and previous studies had shown it was linked to a higher likelihood of death than normal variants. But two studies published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases and The Lancet Public […]

S. African Covid variant better at bypassing Pfizer/BioNTech jab: Israeli study

  JERUSALEM (AFP) — The South African coronavirus variant is better at “breaking through” the defences of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine than other forms of the virus, Israeli experts said Sunday. However, one of the authors told AFP that while the study showed the variant to be relatively successful in infecting vaccinated people, it did not provide any data on whether it could generate serious illness among vaccinees. The study by Tel Aviv University and Clalit […]

AstraZeneca jab clots link plausible but unconfirmed: WHO experts

  by Robin MILLARD Agence France Presse A link between AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 jabs and blood clots is plausible but unconfirmed, the World Health Organization’s vaccine experts said Wednesday, stressing that reported occurrences were “very rare”. The statement came after the EU’s EMA drug regulator said earlier in the day that blood clots should now be listed as a “very rare” side effect of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. But the jab’s benefits continue to outweigh the […]