Tag: Vaccination and Immunization

Will We Be Hostages to Drug Makers’ Covid Vaccine Pricing?

Yes, of course, Americans’ health is priceless, and reining in a deadly virus that has trashed the economy would be invaluable. But a Covid-19 vaccine will have an actual price tag. And given the prevailing business-centric model of American drug pricing, it could well be budget breaking, perhaps making it unavailable to many. The last […]

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Researchers Debate Infecting People With Coronavirus to Test Vaccines

One way to quickly see if a coronavirus vaccine works would be to immunize healthy people and then deliberately expose them to the virus, some researchers are suggesting. Proponents say this strategy, called a human challenge trial, could save time because rather than conducting tests the usual way — by waiting for vaccinated people to […]

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Dr. Robert Gallo: The Case for a Stopgap Vaccine

More from our inbox: Image  Credit…Agence France-Presse — Getty Images To the Editor: “Antibodies Didn’t Last Long After Infection in Study, Especially for Asymptomatic” (news article, June 19) highlights that unknowing or recovered Covid-19 carriers at best develop weak antibodies that may be effective for some few months, leaving carriers vulnerable to the possibility of repeat […]

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Decades-Old Soviet Studies Hint at Coronavirus Strategy

MOSCOW — To the boys, it was just a sugary treat. To their parents, prominent medical researchers, what happened in their Moscow apartment that day in 1959 was a vital experiment with countless lives at stake — and their own children as guinea pigs. “We formed a kind of line,” Dr. Peter Chumakov, who was […]

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Sanofi Accelerates Its Timeline for Coronavirus Vaccine Development

After lagging behind its competitors in starting clinical trials, the French drugmaker Sanofi has announced plans to speed a vaccine development timeline that could yield approval from regulatory authorities sometime next year, perhaps in the first half of 2021, the company announced on Tuesday. The company and its partner in the endeavor, GlaxoSmithKline, originally projected […]

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The Race to Develop a Covid Vaccine

Judging from comments I’ve heard and read, many Americans expect that a vaccine against Covid-19 will soon end the need for masks and social distancing and enable us to resume our pre-Covid lives. As one neighbor said, citing the administration’s “Warp Speed” agenda to rush a vaccine to market, “I’ll start taking the subway and […]

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Older Adults May Be Left Out of Some Covid-19 Trials

Picture the day — in six months, a year and a half or in 2023 — when university researchers or a pharmaceutical company announces a breakthrough against the virus that causes Covid-19. Maybe it’s a successful vaccine or an effective treatment, a discovery that brings hope and relief — especially to the older adults most […]

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Coronavirus Attacks the Lungs. A Federal Agency Just Halted Funding for New Lung Treatments.

When the coronavirus kills, it attacks the lungs, filling them with fluid and robbing the body of oxygen. In chest X-rays, clear lungs turn white, a sign of how dangerously sick patients are. But earlier this month, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, a federal health agency, abruptly notified companies and researchers […]

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Is Trump Trying to Spread Covid-19?

When the full record of the coronavirus in America is written, historians may argue that President Trump’s biggest mistake was not what he failed to do in early 2020, when the right strategy for combating the virus was widely debated, unproven and hard. No, they will point to what Trump failed to do in June […]

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Slowing the Coronavirus Is Speeding the Spread of Other Diseases

As poor countries around the world struggle to beat back the coronavirus, they are unintentionally contributing to fresh explosions of illness and death from other diseases — ones that are readily prevented by vaccines. This spring, after the World Health Organization warned that the pandemic could spread swiftly when children gathered for shots, many countries […]

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Guaranteed Ingredient in Any Coronavirus Vaccine? Thousands of Volunteers

Not long after researchers completed their work with mice, guinea pigs, ferrets and monkeys, Human Subject 8, an art director for a software company in Missouri, received an injection. Four days later, her sister, a schoolteacher, became Subject 14. Together, the sisters make up about 5 percent of the first ever clinical trial of a […]

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Could Trump Turn a Vaccine Into a Campaign Stunt?

Oct. 23, 2020, 9 a.m., with 10 days before the election, Fox New releases a poll showing President Trump trailing Joe Biden by eight percentage points. Oct. 23, 2020, 3 p.m., at a hastily convened news conference, President Trump announces that the Food and Drug Administration has just issued an Emergency Use Authorization for a […]

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U.K. Lab to Sidestep Drug Industry to Sell Potential Virus Vaccine

LONDON — A prominent British laboratory is forming a special partnership that would sidestep the drug industry to sell a potential vaccine against the coronavirus without profits or licensing fees in Britain and in low- and middle-income countries. Scientists, nonprofit groups and public health experts have urged that any successful vaccine to combat the pandemic […]

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Trump Narrows Search for Coronavirus Vaccine to Five Firms

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has selected five companies as the most likely candidates to produce a vaccine for the coronavirus, senior officials said, a critical step in the White House’s effort to deliver on its promise of being able to start widespread inoculation of Americans by the end of the year. By winnowing the […]

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There’s No Home Remedy for Coronavirus Lies

Around the beginning of the pandemic, I started receiving WhatsApp messages from fellow Somalis instructing me to drink warm water, eat garlic and apply black seed oil every day to prevent Covid-19. These are homeopathy remedies familiar to most Somalis. So while the claims were untrue and could provide a false sense of invincibility to […]

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Tests for Coronavirus Vaccine Need This Ingredient: Horseshoe Crabs

For decades, drug companies have depended on a component in the blood of the horseshoe crab to test injectable medicines, including vaccines, for dangerous bacterial contaminants called endotoxins. Conservationists and some businesses have pushed for wide acceptance of an alternative test, to protect the horseshoe crabs and birds that feed on their eggs. Earlier this […]

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Make Sure Coronavirus Vaccine ‘Challenge Trials’ Are Worth the Risk

The severity of the Covid-19 pandemic has prompted serious consideration of a type of research — challenge trials — that might ordinarily be dismissed as too risky. Challenge trials intentionally expose healthy people to a pathogen to quickly learn more about the disease it causes or to gain early insight into whether a new vaccine […]

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Monster or Machine? A Profile of the Coronavirus at 6 Months

Listen to This Audio Audio Recording by Audm To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. A virus, at heart, is information, a packet of data that benefits from being shared. The information at stake is genetic: instructions to make more virus. Unlike a truly […]

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Six Months of Coronavirus: Here’s Some of What We’ve Learned

We don’t really know when the novel coronavirus first began infecting people. But as we turn a page on our calendars into June, it is fair to say that Sars-Cov-2 has been with us now for a full six months. At first, it had no name or true identity. Early in January, news reports referred […]

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Alicia Silverstone Wants Us to Eat Our Fruits and Vegetables

“There were people in my life at onetime that really did say, ‘You couldn’t really do the activism thing if you wanted to be an actor,’” said Alicia Silverstone, 43, who after Aerosmith’s “Cryin’” video and her role as Cher Horowitz, the spoiled and charming teenager in the 1995 coming-of-age hit “Clueless,” became a Hollywood […]

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In Some Nations, Coronavirus Is Only One of Many Outbreaks

MEXICO CITY — A dengue epidemic ravaged Honduras last year, sickening over 100,000 people and leaving 180 dead. As this year began, officials braced for another surge in cases of the mosquito-borne disease and wondered how they would manage with their frail public health system and shortage of trained personnel. Then along came the coronavirus, […]

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When Art Is Medicine

MINNEAPOLIS — From our first contact with Europeans to the present, Indigenous people have careened from one public health crisis to another. Our healing process and our historical memory of these moments should not end with vaccinations. Traditions of song and dance help restore the balance that is drained by bodily sickness and deliver spiritual […]

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The Pandemic Could Lead to Outbreaks of Measles and Other Preventable Diseases

An unusual silence fills the waiting area of my fellow pediatrician’s office in suburban Maryland. On a typical day, one would expect to see the animated bustle of children. Nowadays, only two out of 10 scheduled visits might take place. Unused vaccine vials rapidly accumulate as families shelter at home. With lockdowns and fears of […]

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Coronavirus Vaccine Shows Promising Early Results in China

A vaccine developed in China appears to be safe and may protect people from the new coronavirus, researchers reported on Friday. The early-stage trial, published in the Lancet, was conducted by researchers at several laboratories and included 108 participants aged 18 to 60. Those who received a single dose of the vaccine produced certain immune […]

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How Upbeat Vaccine News Fueled a Stock Surge, and an Uproar

When the biotech company Moderna announced early on Monday morning positive results from a small, preliminary trial of its coronavirus vaccine, the company’s chief medical officer described the news as a “triumphant day for us.” Moderna’s stock price jumped as much as 30 percent. Its announcement helped lift the stock market and was widely reported […]

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Polio and Measles Could Surge After Disruption of Vaccine Programs

The widespread interruption of routine immunization programs around the world during the coronavirus pandemic is putting 80 million children under 1 year old at risk of contracting deadly, vaccine-preventable diseases, according to a report Friday by the World Health Organization, UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The groups surveyed 129 poor and middle-income countries and […]

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$1.2 Billion From U.S. to Drugmaker to Pursue Coronavirus Vaccine

The deal with AstraZeneca is the fourth and by far the largest vaccine research agreement that the department has disclosed. The money will pay for a Phase 3 clinical trial of a potential vaccine in the United States this summer with about 30,000 volunteers. The H.H.S. statement said the agency and AstraZeneca “are collaborating to […]

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Trump’s Vaccine Chief Has Vast Ties to Drug Industry, Posing Possible Conflicts

The chief scientist brought on to lead the Trump administration’s vaccine efforts has spent the last several days trying to disentangle pieces of his stock portfolio and his intricate ties to big pharmaceutical interests, as critics point to the potential for significant conflicts of interest. The scientist, Moncef Slaoui, is a venture capitalist and a […]

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Child Vaccinations Plummet 63 Percent, a New Hurdle for N.Y.C. Schools

Reopening schools, pre-K and day care centers safely this fall was always going to be a crucial part of resuming normal life in New York City, and a herculean challenge for the nation’s largest school system. On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio raised alarms about an unexpected new hurdle: plummeting rates of childhood vaccinations as […]

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