Vaccines are key to China’s zero-Covid exit but scepticism poses challenge

China’s government looks to be starting to roll back its zero-Covid policy. But after three years of saying the resource-intensive, economically damaging elimination strategy is the only way to go, experts say it will be a medical and political challenge to end it. Much of China’s exit strategy is riding on vaccinations, but this is … Read more

Former vaccines chief sounds warning about UK pandemic readiness

The UK is not in a significantly better place to deal with a new pandemic, the former vaccine taskforce chief has said, as a leading public health expert suggested Covid infections may be on the rise again. Dame Kate Bingham, the managing partner at the life sciences venture capital firm SV Health Investors, headed the … Read more

The COVAX Humanitarian Buffer for COVID-19 Vaccines: Review and Assessment of Policy Implications

Overview Persons living in conflict settings, areas of state failure, and those affected by humanitarian emergencies are some of the most vulnerable in the world. Not easily reached with existing governmental and institutional efforts, they are at particular risk when it comes to accessing health interventions, especially during a health emergency like COVID-19. Recognizing this … Read more

White House health officials: up-to-date vaccines key to move on from Covid

White House public health officials offered cautious optimism that Americans could begin to move on from coronavirus, but cautioned that keeping immunity vaccination up-to-date and combating scientific disinformation remained key for the country to successfully emerge from the three-year Covid-19 pandemic. “If you look at where we were a year ago at this time, when … Read more

Diabetes And Getting Your Flu And Covid Vaccines

Newly recommended this fall, are the “bivalent” vaccine boosters. Bivalent means that these vaccines protect against both the original COVID-19 and newer Omicron variants, such as BA.4 and BA.5. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommends that people receive the bivalent Omicron-containing mRNA COVID-19 vaccines over the original COVID-19 vaccines for their boosters. There are … Read more

No, COVID vaccines don’t cause infertility. Debunking 5 myths about women’s health – National | Globalnews.ca

For the past two-and-half years, healthcare workers have had their hands full battling COVID-19 as well as the spread of conspiracy theories and misinformation around the pandemic. From fake news stories around rising stillbirths caused by the COVID-19 vaccine to baseless reports linking the shots to infertility in women, the so-called “infodemic” has threatened the … Read more

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Is it cold, COVID or the flu? Experts say its ‘very difficult’ to differentiate – National | Globalnews.ca

As flu season approaches amid the rise of new COVID-19 variants, experts say it’s very difficult to differentiate between a cold, flu, or a COVID-19 infection and regardless of what an infected person has, Canadians still need to wear masks and physically distance themselves from others in order to stay safe. “A lot of these … Read more

Commercialization of COVID-19 Vaccines, Treatments, and Tests: Implications for Access and Coverage

In response to the unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government spent billions of dollars in emergency funds to purchase medical countermeasures – vaccines, including boosters, treatments, and tests – to provide them free of charge to the public. In addition, Congress enacted several bills that included special requirements for their coverage by … Read more

Will bivalent boosters work against future COVID variants? Here’s what experts say – National | Globalnews.ca

Bivalent booster shots can help the human immune system recognize new COVID-19 variants, two new studies suggest, but it may not offer protection against all future strains. “When you see another variant, your immune system should be able to recognize it, whether you have been vaccinated by something related to it or you actually became … Read more