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    Reuters September 21, 2020 0 Comments Some 156 nations have joined a global scheme for fair distribution of future vaccines against COVID-19, an alliance led by the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, but superpowers China and the United States did not sign up. U.S. President Donald Trump’s government has already secured future supplies through bilateral deals, prompting accusations of selfish behaviour to the detriment of poor countries. China, where the coronavirus began, was also missing on the list of 64 rich nations who joined the so-called COVAX plan to deliver 2 billion vaccine doses round the world by the end of 2021, prioritising healthcare workers and the vulnerable. But alliance officials said dialogue continued with Beijing. The...
    By Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - A total of 156 countries have joined the global COVAX scheme intended to ensure fair distribution of supplies of future vaccines against COVID-19, an alliance led by the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. The list includes 64 wealthier, self-financing countries, and accounts for about two-thirds of the global population, a statement issued by the WHO and GAVI vaccine alliance said, after a deadline of last Friday to make binding commitments. The goal of COVAX is by the end of 2021 to deliver 2 billion vaccine doses around the world, with healthcare workers prioritised initially and then the most vulnerable 20% of people in every participating country, regardless of income...
    Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during his testimony before a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday that wearing face masks may be more effective at protecting against COVID-19 than a vaccine.  Lawmakers asked Redfield and other top health officials about the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, and he was questioned about the CDC's recommendation that people wear masks — a practice President Trump has often dismissed.  "I'm not going to comment directly about the president, but I am going to comment as the CDC director that face masks, these face masks, are the most important powerful public health tool we have," Redfield said. "And I will continue to appeal for all Americans, all individuals in...
    Your doctor has clearly been trying to kill you all along. Or is suicidal. Or both. Other than that, situation normal. Everything's fine. We're all fine here. How are you? I know that because the director of the CDC, Dr. Robert Redfield, told me so this week when he said masks are even better than vaccines. Because I simply don't remember a flu season when I saw doctors regularly wearing masks as a routine preventive measure. Not at casual doctor's office visits (where the flu is more dangerous to children than COVID). Not at parent-teacher conferences or youth sports games (my God, why do doctors hate children so much?). Not at the golf course (foursome or death wish?...
    CDC Director Robert Redfield has walked back his Senate testimony that masks work better against COVID-19 than vaccines, after Donald Trump called him 'confused' and 'mistaken' and dismissed his claims a vaccine will not be available until next year. Redfield told a Senate committee Wednesday 'this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine' and said a vaccine wouldn't be widely available to Americans until the second quarter of 2021.   Hours later Trump hit back at Redfield saying the CDC head was 'confused' and must have 'misunderstood' the question being asked of him. The president said he had called Redfield to set the record straight and said the CDC boss had agreed...
    President Donald Trump contradicted his Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head saying he was 'confused' and 'mistaken' when he told Congress a coronavirus vaccine wouldn't be widely available until the second quarter of next year.  Trump also said Dr. Robert Redfield must have 'misunderstood' a question when he told a Senate committee, 'I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine.'   'No, the mask is not more important than the vaccine,' Trump said, telling reporters he called Redfield earlier Wednesday to set him straight. 'Maybe he misunderstood both of them,' he said of the two newsy questions posed to Redfield by...
    Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr Robert Redfield claimed that masks offer more certain protection against coronavirus than vaccines will - at least in the immediate future.  'I might say this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against covid than when I take a vaccine' said Dr Redfield during his Wednesday testimony before a Senate subcommittee.  He pointed out that there is more research to clearly show that masks work to block the spread of infectious particles, while vaccines are still in testing and their true efficacy won't be entirely clear until large groups of people have been dosed.  Dr Redfield's comments came as part of the same testimony in which he and...
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield speaks at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on a "Review of Coronavirus Response Efforts" on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Washington. AP Photo For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Earlier today, Robert Redfield, head of the Centers for Disease Control, provoked the ire of some parts of the internet when he suggested that masks might be more effective than vaccines. “I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine,” Redford said while testifying before the Senate Subcommittee on...
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield said Wednesday that wearing a mask probably offers better protection against COVID-19 than will a vaccine. Redfield made the surprising remark to a Senate subcommittee, as the Defense Department on Wednesday unfurled plans to mass-distribute a vaccine as early as this year, in a key step to end the coronavirus pandemic. “They are our best defense. I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me than the vaccine because the immunogenicity might only be 70 percent and if I don’t get an immune response, the vaccine is not going to protect me. This mask will,” Redfield testified. Pfizer CEO Albert...
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield said Wednesday that wearing a mask probably offers better protection against COVID-19 than will a vaccine. Redfield made the surprising remark to a Senate subcommittee, as the Defense Department on Wednesday unfurled plans to mass-distribute a vaccine as early as this year, in a key step to end the coronavirus pandemic. “They are our best defense. I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me than the vaccine because the immunogenicity might only be 70 percent and if I don’t get an immune response, the vaccine is not going to protect me. This mask will,” Redfield testified. Pfizer CEO Albert...
    Donald Trump looks on as FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn addresses the media. In 2003, rumors spread across Nigeria that the program to eradicate polio was injecting children with chemicals meant to sterilize them as adults. Particularly if they were Muslim. Other rumors suggested that the vaccine was spreading HIV. These rumors grew to the point where the program to vaccinate against polio was suspended in several Nigerian states. Despite reassurances from the federal government, state officials, and the World Health Organization (WHO), resistance to the vaccination program only grew, and eventually vaccination was halted. As a direct result, there was a polio outbreak that spread to more than 20 countries, including several outside Africa. Ten African nations that had been polio-free for...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – More than 300,000 rabies oral vaccination baits are going to be falling from the sky around Pittsburgh. The USDA is flying over several local counties to drop the baits for raccoons and coyotes to eat. This will happen in Allegheny, Beaver, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Mercer, Washington and Westmoreland counties. It’s part of the government’s National Rabies Management Program, which covers Maine all the way down to Alabama. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service began its annual distribution of the oral rabies vaccine bat RABORAL V-RG in parts of the eastern U.S. around Aug. 3. These baits are coated in fishmeal and packaged in two-inch plastic sachets or one-inch square cubes. They’ll be...
    RUSSIA's "half-baked" coronavirus vaccine could be “little better than water” after trials were skipped so Putin could “wave the Russian flag”, an expert has said. Vlad today claimed his scientists have created the world's first Covid-19 jab and said his own daughter has already been given it. 6Vladimir Putin today proudly declared Russia has the first Covid-19 vaccineCredit: Getty Images - Getty 6Local TV showed a man being vaccinated with the new drugCredit: Universal News & Sport (Europe) The Kremlin proudly declared the jab - named Sputnik V after the Russian crafts launched during the Space Race - will provide immunity for two years. But the announcement was met with raised eyebrows by many around the world after Phase 3...
    U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech during a visit to the Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies' Innovation Center, a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant where components for a potential coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine candidate are being developed, in Morrrisville, North Carolina, U.S., July 27, 2020.Carlos Barria | Reuters The hunt is on for a vaccine for Covid-19, which has killed more than 600,000 people. The current frontrunners include an mRNA vaccine from Moderna; a candidate vaccine from AstraZeneca and Oxford University; a Chinese vaccine from the military and biotech company CanSigo Biologisc; and an mRNA-based vaccine from German company BioNTech and Pfizer. While a candidate could be approved this year, it remains to be seen whether the vaccine will confer temporary or long-term...
    LONDON (AP) — More than 70 rich countries have signed up to a global coronavirus vaccine initiative intended to ensure that any effective shots are fairly distributed around the world – but which may also allow them to buy more vaccines to stockpile for their own citizens. In a statement on Wednesday, the vaccines alliance Gavi reported that 75 countries have said they would join its new “Covax facility” along with another 90 low-income countries that hope to receive donated vaccines. The Associated Press reported this week that the Gavi initiative may allow rich countries to reinforce their own coronavirus vaccine supplies while leaving fewer doses available for more vulnerable populations. When Gavi approached donor countries last month, it advertised...
    Last month, biotech firm Moderna Therapeutics reported very, very early positive results from a Phase 2 trial of their COVID-19 vaccine. This week it was the turn of more established drug maker Pfizer to announce that their vaccine showed similar promise and that they were also heading into Phase 3 studies in the next two weeks. These two vaccines are just two of better than 80 vaccine efforts that have been announced around the world.   Some of the vaccines out there are quite conventional in terms of historic efforts, like an inactivated virus vaccine being trialed by China’s Sinopharm or the Oxford vaccine that leverages a virus normally found in chimpanzees to host fragments of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The Sinopharm vaccine is...
    Coronavirus — The different characteristics of our immune response according to age suggest that we should opt for several vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 instead of only one. The immune response against viruses consists of a series of cascading events that escalate if the organism is not able to control the infection quickly. First, the innate immune system is mobilized, whose majority representatives are the macrophages, which develop the same type of response regardless of the infectious agent. If it is not enough to kill the pathogen, the adaptive or acquired immune system is mobilized, much more sophisticated and dependent on the type of bacteria or virus. The protagonists of the adaptive immune response are the lymphocytes, capable of generating antibodies...
    A national study gives an idea of how many U.S. parents are hesitant to have routine vaccines, and especially influenza vaccines, administered to their children. The results, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, showed that 6.1% of parents surveyed are hesitant about routine immunizations completed during childhood. Twelve percent of parents strongly agreed, and 27% somewhat agreed, that they had concerns over the side effects by either type of vaccines. However, in contrast, 70% of those surveyed strongly agreed that routine vaccinations are effective, versus only 26% for the flu vaccine. “Our study provides the first national estimates of hesitancy about routine childhood and influenza vaccination among representative samples of U.S. parents of children, using a scale specifically developed...
    (CNN)The US government will fund and conduct key studies on three experimental coronavirus vaccines, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, tells CNN.Phase 3 trials, which typically involve tens of thousands of people and measure whether a vaccine is safe and effective, will begin with one by Moderna in July, then an Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in August and one by Johnson & Johnson in September. The funding and trial timing were first reported by the Wall Street Journal. CNN has reached out to the companies for comment."The coronavirus vaccine effort is progressing very well and we expect more than one candidate vaccine to be in advanced clinical testing by early summer," Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy...
    (CNN)The world is desperate for a vaccine against coronavirus. If and when it is discovered, will the voices of the anti-vaccine movement tell their adherents to turn it down?If you asked this question of parents in the US in the 1950s, the response would likely be unequivocal. John HewkoPeter J. HotezThis is because of the fear that gripped a nation, fear caused by the lethal poliovirus. When the US polio epidemic was at its highest, the country reported more than 21,000 cases of paralysis, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 3,000 lives were lost.Whereas today children — though in rare cases vulnerable to a little-known and frightening inflammatory disease -- seem to be...