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Zika vaccine shows promising results in preclinical studies

A Zika virus vaccine candidate is effective at preventing the Zika virus passing from mother to fetus in preclinical animal studies, according to a new study in the journal npj Vaccines.


Parental vaccination against coronavirus offers substantial protection to children as well

The Clalit Research Institute, in collaboration with researchers from Harvard University and Tel-Aviv University, has analyzed one of the world's largest integrated health record databases to examine the indirect protection ...

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Sweden opts against vaccinating all children aged 5-11

Sweden's health authority said Thursday that it would not recommend COVID-19 vaccinations for all children aged five to 11, the country again choosing a different coronavirus policy than much of Europe.


Africa CDC: Continent on course to vaccinate 70% this year

The African continent is on course to reach its target of vaccinating at least 70% of its population against COVID-19 by the end of 2022, the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters on ...

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How easy is it to update COVID vaccines to tackle new variants?

Our ongoing battles with COVID variants delta and omicron highlight just how quickly viruses can mutate, and what that can mean for public health. How quickly can we modify COVID-19 vaccines to tackle any new variants that ...

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German lawmakers debate possible COVID vaccine mandate

Germany's parliament on Wednesday began a debate on a possible wide-ranging coronavirus vaccine mandate, with three main options on the table so far: obligatory vaccinations for all adults, just for everyone 50 and above, ...


COVID-19 vaccine booster drive is faltering in the US

The COVID-19 booster drive in the U.S. is losing steam, worrying health experts who have pleaded with Americans to get an extra shot to shore up their protection against the highly contagious omicron variant.


Israeli expert panel advises 4th vaccine dose for adults

An expert panel on Tuesday advised the Israeli government to begin offering a fourth vaccine dose to everyone over the age of 18, citing research showing it helps prevent COVID-19 infection and severe illness.


Covax opens new front in pandemic arms race

Covax aims to break the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022 by ensuring a steady supply of vaccines at last for the world's poorest countries—and swiftly getting them into arms.

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Booster shots needed against omicron, CDC studies show

Three studies released Friday offered more evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are standing up to the omicron variant, at least among people who received booster shots.


Vaccine hesitance dropped faster among Blacks, study finds

Black Americans who were initially hesitant about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine were more likely than whites to warm up to the idea as the pandemic wore on and to view vaccines as necessary for protection, a new study has ...

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L.A. county scenario suggests COVID 'herd immunity' is unlikely

(HealthDay)—Herd immunity against COVID-19 is unlikely, and coping with the disease will likely hinge on vaccination, treatment and ensuring adequate hospital capacity, a new study conducted in Los Angeles County claims.

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COVID boosters keep older Americans out of hospitals: CDC

(HealthDay)—The risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 among older Americans is far higher for those who are unvaccinated than for those who are fully vaccinated and have had a booster shot, new government data shows.

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Recommendations updated for recombinant zoster vaccine

(HealthDay)—Recommendations have been updated for use of the recombinant zoster vaccine (RZV) for prevention of herpes zoster and related complications among immunocompromised adults aged 19 years and older; the recommendations ...

Arthritis & Rheumatism

Arthritis & the COVID vaccine: What you need to know

(HealthDay)—Some arthritis drugs may reduce the effectiveness of COVID vaccines, according to the Arthritis Foundation, which also offers advice on booster shots.


Italian doctors, dentists not fully vaccinated are suspended

Some 1,900 Italian doctors and dentists have been suspended from the country's professional association because they haven't complied with a law requiring them to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including having a booster ...


WHO: COVID boosters should start with most vulnerable

The World Health Organization says that coronavirus vaccine boosters should now now be offered to people, starting with the most vulnerable, in a move away from its previous insistence that boosters were unnecessary for healthy ...


Emerging protein-based COVID-19 vaccines could be game-changing

Current messenger RNA vaccines appear to offer at least some protection against new SARS-CoV-2 variants, including omicron, especially for people who have received boosters. But manufacturing costs and the need for ultra-cold ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Study finds that COVID-19 vaccines do not cause infertility

New findings by Boston University School of Public Health investigators indicate that COVID-19 vaccination does not impair fertility—but males who become infected by the coronavirus may experience short-term reduced fertility.