SARS-CoV-2

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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Variant hunters race to find new strains where variant testing lags

Enlarge Marina Dekhnik | Getty Images In mid-February, three travelers were stopped at the airport in Luanda, Angola. Even during the pandemic, the country, a hub for the oil industry, had seen plenty of passengers from Europe and South Africa, where two concerning variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 hold sway. But the strains …

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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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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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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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“Are schools safe?” is the wrong question to be asking

Enlarge MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images Is it safe to open schools? From the moment it became clear that the COVID-19 pandemic had set up shop in the US, answers to that question have been scrutinized, analyzed, and even politicized. Lost in all of this is the realization that it’s a terrible question—because there’s …

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Former Trump advisor joins company that makes hazardous air cleaners

Enlarge / US President Donald Trump, right, listens to Deborah Birx, coronavirus response coordinator, as she speaks during a news conference in the White House in Washington, DC, on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Getty | Bloomberg One of the most indelible moments of Deborah Birx’s controversial time as White House coronavirus response coordinator for the …

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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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