Infectious disease

At 38.5% vaccinated, US may be running low on people eager for a shot

Enlarge / Residents wear protective masks while waiting to be vaccinated at a West Virginia United Health System COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Morgantown, West Virginia, on Thursday, March 11, 2021. Getty | Bloomberg The US logged another 4 million or so vaccinations Friday, bringing the total doses administered in the country over 200 million at …

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99.992% of fully vaccinated people have dodged COVID, CDC data shows

Enlarge / Residents wait in an observation area after receiving Covid-19 vaccines at a vaccination site in Richmond, California on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Getty | Bloomberg Cases of COVID-19 are extremely rare among people who are fully vaccinated, according to a new data analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among more …

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The very common vaccine ingredient at the center of J&J, AstraZeneca drama

Enlarge / Adenoviruses seen via transmission electron microscopy. Getty | BSIP Out of an abundance of caution, US officials on Tuesday recommended pausing use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. Officials linked the vaccine to six peculiar illnesses in which people developed life-threatening blood clots in combination with low levels of blood platelets, the cell …

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US COVID cases “disturbingly high” as Michigan sees dire spike

Enlarge / A sign requiring protective face masks in Detroit, Michigan, on Sunday, March 21, 2021. Getty | Bloomberg Even as the pace of vaccination in the US nears a heartening 3 million per day, the country hovers on the brink of a fourth surge, with current cases lingering at a “disturbingly high level,” according …

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Cruise industry salty over CDC plan to keep travelers safe from COVID at sea

Enlarge / YOKOHAMA, JAPAN – FEBRUARY 10: A member of the media wears a face mask while walking past the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Getty | Carl Court The cruise industry is rather salty about the latest federal guidance for safe pandemic sailing, calling it “burdensome” and “unworkable. “ The new guidance is an updated …

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Coronavirus variant that spreads easily doesn’t do so by surviving in air better

Enlarge / People practice social distancing in white circles in Domino Park in Williamsburg during the coronavirus pandemic on May 17, 2020, in New York City. Getty | Noam Galai The B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant is estimated to spread about 50 percent more than previous versions—but it doesn’t seem to manage that higher transmissibility by surviving …

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Real-world data shows vaccines kicking butt—including against scary variant

Enlarge / A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine inside the Viejas Arena on the campus of San Diego State University in San Diego, California, US on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Getty | Bloomberg In a small trial, the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine fully protected people from symptomatic COVID-19 caused by the worrisome …

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Factory mix-up spoils 15 million doses of J&J COVID vaccine

Enlarge / A sign at the Johnson & Johnson campus on August 26, 2019 in Irvine, California. Getty | Mario Tama About 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine were ruined, and future vaccine shipments will be delayed. This all follows a mix-up at a manufacturing facility in Baltimore, according to multiple …

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Trial started for vaccine against one of the scariest coronavirus variants

Enlarge / A vial of the current Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Getty | Ivan Romano Researchers have given out the first jabs of a tweaked version of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, one aimed at fighting one of the most concerning coronavirus variants—the B.1.351 variant, first identified in South Africa. The jabs are part of an early trial …

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Experts sound alarm of possible new COVID surge as US cases once again rise

Enlarge / A health advisory sign on a beach in Florida. Getty | Jeff Greenberg In mid-January, US cases of COVID-19 were in a nosedive from a towering record of over 315,000 new cases in a single day earlier in the month. And now, the pace of vaccinations has reached a heartening clip of 2.5 …

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