The EU approves AstraZeneca as safe COVID-19 vaccine

The European Union's drug regulatory agency said Thursday that the AstraZeneca vaccine doesn't increase the overall incidence of blood clots and that the benefits of using it outweigh the possible risks, paving the way for European countries to resume dispensing the shots. France, Italy and Germany promptly announced they will start using the vaccine again … Continue reading The EU approves AstraZeneca as safe COVID-19 vaccine

BREAKING: Coronavirus updates

State governments in the U.S. are passing their own virus aid, not waiting for Washington. The U.N.'s global vaccine plan is underway, but problems remain. Ghana's first to get those COVAX shots. The FDA says single-shot dose from Johnson & Johnson prevents severe COVID. And Pfizer's vaccine works well in first big ‘real world’ test. … Continue reading BREAKING: Coronavirus updates

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Kentucky urging Black Americans to take

The Rev. Jim Thurman counts himself among the converts who recognize the importance of taking a COVID-19 vaccine. The prominent Black activist received his second dose of vaccine Wednesday as Kentucky’s governor highlighted efforts to encourage minority populations to roll up their sleeves for the shots. “It’s a matter between life and death,” said Thurman, … Continue reading Kentucky urging Black Americans to take

Health Minister Jens Spahn admits slow delivery of coronavirus vaccine

Germany’s health minister is rejecting criticism of the country’s preparations for vaccination amid frustration over the gradual start to the process. Vaccinations in Germany and the rest of the 27-nation European Union started a week ago. In Germany, a nation of 83 million people, nearly 239,000 vaccinations had been reported to authorities by Sunday. There … Continue reading Health Minister Jens Spahn admits slow delivery of coronavirus vaccine

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Joe Biden receives coronavirus vaccine in Delaware

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday received the coronavirus vaccine in Delaware, becoming the latest major political figure worldwide to be vaccinated. Biden's transition reported earlier that the President-elect and incoming first lady Jill Biden would receive their first doses of the coronavirus vaccine publicly on Monday. Incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki briefed … Continue reading Joe Biden receives coronavirus vaccine in Delaware

Coronavirus Vaccine: Australia to receive first batch of AstraZeneca in Jan 2021

Australia will receive the first doses of an AstraZeneca and Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine in January 2021 if trials prove successful after Canberra agreed a deal to purchase a second potential vaccine, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday. Australia said in August it had signed a preliminary agreement with AstraZeneca for enough doses for … Continue reading Coronavirus Vaccine: Australia to receive first batch of AstraZeneca in Jan 2021

Americans not happy with Russia’s claim on developing coronavirus vaccine

Two top U.S. health officials are expressing skepticism about Vladimir Putin's claim that Russian scientists have come up with the world's first safe and effective vaccine. "I seriously doubt that they've done that," infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said. But he added that he hopes Moscow has indeed "actually definitively proven that the vaccine … Continue reading Americans not happy with Russia’s claim on developing coronavirus vaccine

Ireland spends 18 million euros to support coronavirus researchers

The Irish government has pledged €18 million to a joint global effort to defeat the coronavirus. The funds will go to GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, to support it's work in procuring vaccines and distributing them to the world's poorest and most vulnerable countries, including a vaccine for COVID-19 when it becomes available. Monday's pledge brings … Continue reading Ireland spends 18 million euros to support coronavirus researchers

Trump: Expect coronavirus vaccine before the end of 2020

President Donald Trump on Sunday said he expects to see a vaccine for the coronavirus by the end of the year. "We are pushing it really hard," Trump said during a virtual town hall on Fox News Channel. "We're also pushing something. We are very confident that we're going to have a vaccine at the … Continue reading Trump: Expect coronavirus vaccine before the end of 2020

Pharmaceutical companies developing vaccine for COVID-19

The Trump administration said on Monday it had secured commitments from top pharmaceutical companies to work together to develop a vaccine and treatments to fight the coronavirus. At a meeting with industry executives at the White House, President Donald Trump exhorted the companies to collaborate to speed the process of getting a vaccine and therapeutics … Continue reading Pharmaceutical companies developing vaccine for COVID-19