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Is Vaccine Misinformation Affecting our Health?

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In a recent webinar presented by the Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Matthew Baum and a team of principal investigators with the COVID States Project explained the results of their latest report. A series of nineteen surveys conducted from April 2020 to July 2021, indicated that not only do people…

Science Shows Mask-Wearing Is Largely Safe for Children

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The FINANCIAL — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is one of a handful of Republican governors trying to block school districts from requiring masks in the classroom, Kaiser Family Foundation notes.…

FILE PHOTO: People, some wearing protective face masks, walk over Westminster Bridge, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain, July 4, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

Baby on Board

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SARS-CoV-2 Variants Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are circulating globally, including within the United States. Currently, four variants are classified as a variant of concern (VOC). Nowcast estimates* of COVID-19 cases caused by these VOCs for the week ending August 14 are summarized here. Nationally, the combined proportion of cases attributed to…

Engineers Create Faster and Cheaper COVID-19 Testing with Pencil Lead

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Testing is key to understanding and controlling the spread of COVID-19, which has already taken more than four million lives around the world. However, current tests are limited by the tradeoff between accuracy and the time it takes to analyze a sample.…

The long view on COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy

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University of Pennsylvania researchers weigh in on the regulatory and scientific efforts to track COVID-19 vaccines. The mRNA vaccines for COVID-19, made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, are among the most powerful vaccines the world has ever seen. According to clinical trial data, they are more than 94% effective at preventing symptomatic disease, with real-world data bearing…

Penn study details robust T-cell response to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines

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Messenger-RNA (mRNA) vaccines against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 provoke a swift and strong response by the immune system’s T cells—the heavy armor of the immune system—according to a study from researchers in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.…

Over Two Million People in England Could Have Long COVID

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The FINANCIAL —  A study of over half a million adults in England found that one in 20 had persistent COVID-19 symptoms. This could mean that over two million people in England could have long COVID, UKRI notes.…

Covid-19 Booster Jab in the Autumn Will Offer Better Protection Against Variants of Concern

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The FINANCIAL — Scientists are recommending that an autumn ‘booster’ dose of a Covid-19 vaccine will be an effective way to protect people from existing, and potentially future, variants of concern, University of Liverpool notes.…

COVID’s future: From pandemic to endemic?

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Difficult to predict timeline as duration of vaccine protection, social contact, and transmissibility play key roles, says expert. With much of the world still susceptible to SARS-CoV-2, experts predict the virus will become endemic.…

FILE PHOTO: People, some wearing protective face masks, walk over Westminster Bridge, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain, July 4, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

In UK, 9 out of 10 adults would have tested positive for antibodies

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The FINANCIAL — An estimated 945,000 people living in private UK households (1.46% of the population) were experiencing self-reported “long COVID” symptoms as of 4 July 2021.…

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Full-dose blood thinners not a cure for critically ill COVID-19 patients

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The FINANCIAL — A large clinical trial conducted worldwide shows that treating moderately ill hospitalized COVID-19 patients with a full-dose blood thinner reduced their need for organ support, such as mechanical ventilation, and improved their chances of leaving the hospital. However, the use of this treatment strategy for critically ill COVID-19 patients requiring intensive care…

Pfizer Vaccine Could Gain Full FDA Approval Within Weeks

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The FINANCIAL —  The New York Times reports that the unofficial internal deadline at the Food and Drug Administration is Labor Day or earlier. And a new survey finds that more than half of unvaccinated people still think the shot is riskier than covid, Kaiser Family Foundation notes.…

Shielding Less Effective Than Hoped

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The FINANCIAL  — Shielding those at highest risk from Covid-19 during the first wave of the pandemic may not have been as effective at protecting them from infection and death as hoped, according to a new study.…

Investigating Diet Treatment for Long Covid

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The FINANCIAL — Researchers from the University of Glasgow have been awarded £1 million from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to investigate weight loss treatment for long COVID.…

Urgent need for COVID-19 vaccine equity: UN-Oxford research

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The FINANCIAL —  COVID-19 vaccine programmes are expected to cost poorer countries an additional 56.6% on health budgets, compared with just 0.8% on wealthy countries’ health expenditure, according to new data from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the University of Oxford.…

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