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…

COVID-19 Vaccination Strategies Suggested for Patients on Antirheumatic Immunosuppressive Therapy

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – UK experts propose evidence-based management strategies for rheumatology patients on immunosuppressive therapy, including delaying/postponing rituximab, as appropriate. “The aim of this viewpoint article is to outline the existing data on the effect of antirheumatic therapy on vaccine responses in patients with inflammatory arthritis, and to…

Special Report: The ex-Pfizer scientist who became an anti-vax hero

LONDON (Reuters) – Late last year, a semi-retired British scientist co-authored a petition to Europe’s medicines regulator. The petitioners made a bold demand: Halt COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials.FILE PHOTO: A medical worker fills a syringe with Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the COVID-19 vaccination centre of ‘Healthcare Centre’ in Nis, Serbia, March…

Germany sticks to coronavirus vaccine goal despite AstraZeneca pause

FILE PHOTO: A patient receives a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at dr. Andreas Carganico office in Berlin, where the first COVID-19 vaccinations are given in doctors’ surgeries, Germany, March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/PoolBERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is sticking to its goal of offering a coronavirus vaccination to everyone by the…

Keep calm and vape on: UK embraces e-cigarettes

While the U.S. scrambles to crack down on vaping, Britain has embraced electronic cigarettes as a powerful tool to help smokers kick the habit. Interested in Vaping? The Royal College of Physicians explicitly tells doctors to promote e-cigarettes “as widely as possible” to people trying to quit. Public Health England’s…