COVID-19

Russia is using online disinformation to trash rival COVID-19 vaccines

Russia’s internet disinformation efforts extend well beyond election interference. State Department officials talking to the Wall Street Journal say Russia is running a disinformation campaign using at least four online publications and a host of social media accounts to shake confidence in COVID-19 vaccines competing with Sputnik-V. The outlets New Eastern Outlook, News Front, Oriental …

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Merck/J&J deal may help US get enough vaccine for all adults by end of May

Enlarge / US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the government’s pandemic response, including the recently announced partnership between Johnson & Johnson and Merck to produce more Johnson & Johnson vaccine, as US Vice President Kamala Harris (L) looks on at the White House in Washington, DC on March 2, 2021. Getty | Jim Watson …

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Why N95 masks are still hard to get, even though production is up

Enlarge / A machine makes respiratory masks in a family-owned medical equipment factory in north Miami, Florida, on February 15, 2021. The firm now has 30 million unsold masks because it can’t find buyers in the United States. Chandan Khanna | AFP | Getty Images Even though we’ve had more good vaccine news lately, COVID-19 …

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B.1.1.7 variant now 10% of US cases—and cases are once again ticking up

Enlarge / President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and second gentleman Doug Emhoff participate in a moment of silence and candle light ceremony at sundown with 500 candles for the 500,000 dead from the COVID-19 pandemic, at the South Portico at the White House on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 in …

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FDA panel votes unanimously in favor of authorizing J&J vaccine

Enlarge / A sign at the Johnson & Johnson campus on August 26, 2019 in Irvine, California. Getty | Mario Tama After a day-long meeting Friday, an advisory panel for the US Food and Drug Administration voted 22 to 0 to recommend issuing an Emergency Use Authorization for Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot, refrigerator-stable COVID-19 vaccine. …

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CDC’s VaccineFinder aims to help you find COVID shots—but needs a lot of work

Enlarge / A registered nurse practitioner holds up a sign and a flag asking for another patient to dose with the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine as well as a more vaccine doses at a vaccination site in Seattle, Washington on January 24, 2021. Getty | Grant Hendsley In its efforts to help Americans get vaccinated against …

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Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine safe and effective, FDA review concludes

Enlarge / A sign at the Johnson & Johnson campus on August 26, 2019 in Irvine, California. Getty | Mario Tama Johnson & Johnson’s single-shot COVID-19 vaccine is effective and has a “favorable safety profile,” according to scientists at the Food and Drug Administration. The endorsement comes out of a review released by the regulatory …

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Cape Cod’s Largest Hospital Gets Bitcoin Donations Worth $800K

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>One of Cape Cod’s largest hospitals received two bitcoin donations this year totaling $800,000 in value. The Massachusetts-based not-for-profit medical centre (NPO), Cape Cod Healthcare, explained that an anonymous donor donated $400k last Friday and the NPO received a $400k bitcoin donation last month as well.</strong> Cape Cod Healthcare Gets $800K in …

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As coronavirus variants spread, the US struggles to keep up

Enlarge Bing Guan | Bloomberg | Getty Images Across the United States, the coronavirus is in retreat. The pandemic is still raging, mind you, with more than 70,000 new cases still reported each day. But since the post-holiday peak in mid-January, the seven-day average of new cases has fallen by nearly 64 percent. Hospitalizations have …

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IMF Representative of Nigeria Calls for Caution Over the Use of Cryptocurrencies

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> <strong>The International Monetary Fund (IMF) resident representative for Nigeria, Ari Aisen recently discussed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directive that targets crypto entities. In remarks made during a special virtual press briefing, Aisen repeats some of the CBN’s claims that cryptocurrencies were being used “for illegal transactions such as money laundering …

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