Mexico joins WHO coronavirus vaccine plan

Mexico, which has one of the world’s highest COVID-19 death tolls, announced Friday that it was joining a WHO-backed program to facilitate poor countries’ access to coronavirus vaccines. The mechanism, known as Covax, aims to secure two billion doses of safe and effective vaccines by the end of 2021 and…

UK reserves up to 190 mn vaccine doses from Valneva

Britain has secured access to up to 190 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine from Valneva in deal worth as much as 1.37 billion euros, the French-Austrian vaccine firm said Monday. It had already been disclosed in July that the British government had reserved 60 million doses of Valneva’s…

Could your mask be a kind of vaccine against COVID-19?

(HealthDay)—The world is still waiting for a safe, effective coronavirus vaccine. But new research now suggests that billions of people may already be using a crude vaccine of sorts: face masks. The theory—and it remains largely a theory—is that by filtering out airborne coronavirus droplets and thereby lowering the dose…

UK secures 90 mn more doses of potential virus vaccine

Britain has secured access to 90 million doses of two “promising” coronavirus vaccines, the government said Friday, taking its total orders of potential COVID-19 vaccines to nearly 350 million doses. The country has struck agreements to buy 60 million doses from US biotech firm Novavax, and another 30 million doses…

Iron deficiency during infancy reduces vaccine efficacy

About 40 percent of children around the globe suffer from anemia because they do not consume enough iron. Now, studies by ETH researchers show that iron deficiency also reduces the protection provided by vaccinations. Despite the fact that global immunization programs are now reaching more people than ever, about 1.5…