Following Pfizer and BioNTech's lead, Moderna Inc.is preparing to offer its Covid-19 shot to trial participants who received a placebo in the final-stage study once the vaccine is authorized for emergency use in the U.S. Those statistics showed that the vaccine was 95% effective with no severe side-effects. However, because there are no preservatives in the vaccines, partial doses from separate vials shouldn't be combined.
Scientists have identified a "new variant" of the virus in the south of England that may be causing infections to spread faster, the minister explained. "Changes in this part of the spike protein may result in the virus becoming more infectious and spreading more easily between people", Public Health England noted.
The US has already contracted for 300 million vaccine doses between the Pfizer-BioNTech shot and one from Moderna in the first half of next year, and 900 million doses in total from drug makers developing Covid-19 vaccines. "That really supports us being able to, with the pandemic in the background, really move forward, and finally provide a safe and effective way to get to herd immunity".
Pew Research Center revealed that skepticism in a vaccine against the Coronavirus caused disease is the highest among African Americans. According to the NYT, a Pfizer spokeswoman Jerica Pitts said the company did not yet have all of the details of the Alaska situation but was working with local health authorities.
The Ontario Hospital Association's board of directors is making the request to the province after holding an emergency meeting to discuss hospital capacity issues amid surging infections. The province reported 2,139 cases on Wednesday. The number of people being treated for the virus in provincial hospitals jumped to 921 yesterday, with 249 of them in intensive care.
Yesterday, a health worker in Alaska suffered a severe allergic reaction after receiving the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. When that did not work, taken to the hospital, where she was given epinephrine, which cleared up her symptoms within minutes.