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Now there are two: Modern’s mRNA COVID-19 vaccine 94.5% successful, joins Pfizer-BioNTech collaboration in targeting pandemic

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The Moderna vaccine reduced the risk of Covid-19 infection by 94.5%. There were 95 cases of infection among patients who ...
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US and China buck WHO-backed global effort to expand access to COVID vaccine

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Countries representing about 64% of the world population have signed up to expand global access to Covid-19 vaccines by funding ...
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Assessing Operation Warp Speed: What’s working, what’s not

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Is [Operation Warp Speed] working? Roughly five months after top U.S. health officials coalesced around the idea of a public-private ...
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Life with the pandemic: 4 ways our bodies might respond to new COVID waves

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[Coronavirus researcher Vineet] Menachery laid out four possible scenarios for how humans might interact with SARS-2 over time — in ...
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What can be done – short of another lockdown – to corral COVID?

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The virus suppression gains earned through the painful societal shutdowns of March, April, and May — the flattened epidemiological curves ...
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COVID-19 vaccines unlikely to be ‘cure-alls’. That might not be such a bad thing

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With a little luck and a lot of science, the world might in the not-too-distant future get vaccines against Covid-19 ...
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COVID-19 hit the US as early as January, CDC analysis suggests

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How early did local transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus begin in the United States? For the second time [recently], scientists ...
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There will be no vaccine widely available by fall (or anytime soon) even with a miracle breakthrough

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Vaccines to prevent Covid-19 infection are hurtling through development at speeds never before seen. But mounting promises that some vaccine ...
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Some countries have done a much better job fighting the coronavirus. Here’s what worked.

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With Europe and the United States locked in deadly battle with the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, a number of countries ...
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Rapid genetic sequencing marks key step in China’s efforts to contain mysterious new viral outbreak

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Chinese scientists have recovered a previously unknown virus from an infected individual and generated a full genetic sequence of it, ...
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Two promising Ebola drugs ‘dramatically reduced’ risk of dying from disease

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Final data from a landmark clinical trial of four Ebola therapies conducted in the current outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the ...
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Things to know about flu shots, including whether it’s too soon to get one

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Three years ago, STAT laid out some of the questions surrounding flu vaccination in an article you can find here. Lots ...
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This winter’s flu vaccine may not be ‘optimally protective’. We could be in for a rough season.

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Twice a year influenza experts meet at the World Health Organization to pore over surveillance data provided by countries around ...
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Switching to a new polio vaccine was supposed to be a step forward. Now some experts suggest going back

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Three years ago, the leaders of the international campaign to eradicate polio pulled off a landmark feat, phasing out a problematic ...
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Gates Foundation awards $12 million to teams hunting for universal flu vaccine

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Scientific teams from inside and outside the world of influenza research have been awarded funding to try to unlock mysteries ...
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We’ve almost eradicated Polio. But recent measles outbreaks show us why the battle isn’t over.

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[T]he polio campaign must push on across the finish line. Failure to do so could have dire consequences. ... For ...
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Genetic sequencing of 50-year-old tissue sample boosts theory that HIV emerged 100 years ago

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For more than 50 years, the RNA remained hidden in a lymph node that had been snipped out of a ...
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Creating a synthetic version of the Ebola virus to help fight the real thing

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Scientists at the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention have created a synthetic version of the Ebola virus circulating in ...
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Deadly superbug Candida auris is wreaking havoc in hospitals. Where’s the research money needed to stop it?

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In the universe of scary drug-resistant pathogens that can kill, Candida auris is having a moment. The freaky fungus, which ...
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Undervaccinated US population adds tinder for blaze of measles outbreaks

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U.S. health officials are putting all they have into extinguishing measles outbreaks, many of them raging in cities throughout the ...
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Why recent measles outbreaks may represent a ‘new normal’

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Back near the start of this century, before the full damage of Andrew Wakefield’s debunked study linking measles vaccine and ...
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Tetanus infection offers ‘gut-wrenching’ warning about dangers of not vaccinating children

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A 6-year-old boy from Oregon who had never received a single vaccine got a cut on his forehead while playing ...
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Amidst measles outbreaks, ‘massive’ new study proves again that vaccines don’t cause autism

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A massive new study from Denmark found no association between being vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella and developing autism. In science ...
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How your history with the flu could shape your body’s response to vaccines

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If you’ve ever gotten a flu shot — and then, later that season, gotten the flu — you were more ...
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International treaty could threaten genetics research on ebola, other infectious diseases

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There is something that is weighing heavily on the minds of some infectious diseases scientists these days. ... It’s an ...
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New cousin to deadly Ebola virus discovered in bats in China

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The notorious filovirus family — which includes such dangerous actors as the Ebola and Marburg viruses — seems to just keep ...
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How 100-year-old tissue samples could rewrite the Spanish flu’s deadly history

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Late one night Michael Worobey began poking around on the internet, looking for descendants of a World War I British ...
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Promising flu drug could be hampered by rapid viral resistance

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A new, fast-acting flu drug showed strong potential but also some surprising and even concerning results in two newly published ...