China’s Sinovac Vaccine 67% Effective for Symptomatic Infection

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac was 67% effective in preventing symptomatic infection in the first real-world study of the Chinese shot, the Chilean government said on Friday. The vaccine was 85% effective in preventing hospitalizations and 80% effective in preventing deaths, the government said in a report prepared…

UK: Lockdown, Not Vaccines, Behind Drop in COVID Deaths

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Tuesday that the rapid drop in COVID-19 deaths was largely down to a three-month lockdown, not the vaccination programme, and that cases would rise once again as restrictions ease. The United Kingdom launched its inoculation drive in December and has…

Mexican-Made COVID-19 Vaccine Could Be Ready This Year

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico aims to have developed a vaccine against COVID-19 that could be granted approval for emergency use this year, a senior official said on Tuesday, an outcome that could wean it off unreliable foreign supplies for its slow vaccination program. The head of the National Council…

China Considers Mixing COVID-19 Vaccines to Boost Protection Rate

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s top disease control official has said the country is formally considering mixing COVID-19 vaccines as a way of further boosting vaccine efficacy. Available data shows Chinese vaccines lag behind others including Pfizer and Moderna in terms of efficacy, but require less stringent temperature controls during storage….

Viral Thoughts: Why COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Persist

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Daniel Roberts hadn’t had a vaccination since he was 6. No boosters, no tetanus shots. His parents taught him inoculations were dangerous, and when the coronavirus arrived, they called it a hoax. The vaccine, they said, was the real threat. So when the 29-year-old Tennessee man…

Twitter to Put Warning Labels on Misleading Vaccine Information

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Twitter says it will start attaching warning labels to tweets that contain misleading information about the coronavirus vaccine and institute a “strike” system to penalize users who post such misinformation, the company said in a blog…

House OKs $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Package

Billions of dollars to expand the fight against the coronavirus are included in the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package approved early Saturday morning in the U.S. House of Representatives. President Joe Biden urged quick action on the “the American Rescue Plan,” which now heads to the Senate. “We have no…

FDA Grants Emergency Use to Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. And then there were three. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today granted emergency use authorization (EUA) to the Ad26.COV2.S vaccine from Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (J&J) for people 18 and older after reviewing its safety…