Pfizer Poised to Dominate U.S Market for COVID-19 Biologics

Pfizer Poised to Dominate U.S Market for COVID-19 Biologics

Last week was a bad one for COVID-19 biologics produced by Moderna, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, Inc. (J&J). News reports began filtering out about new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which were published on Apr. 5, 2021 in the journal JAMA and revealed that people who receive Moderna’s […]

Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine Suspended After Blood Disorder Reports

Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine  Suspended After Blood Disorder Reports

A manufacturing plant in Baltimore, Maryland where two experimental COVID-19 vaccines are manufactured has caused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to delay authorization of the plant’s production lines due to the contamination of 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine.1 Ingredients Used in Two COVID-19 Vaccines “Mixed Up” During Production […]

After Blood Clot Reports, Some Countries Stop Using the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine

After Blood Clot Reports, Some Countries Stop Using the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) held an emergency meeting on Mar. 18, 2021 after many European countries suspended use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca experimental COVID-19 vaccine due to reports of severe side effects including blood clots, low platelet counts and death.1 The EMA conducted a preliminary investigation into potential serious side effects and pronounced the vaccine […]

The Biggest COVID-19 Vaccine Skeptics? Frontline Health Care Workers

The Biggest COVID-19 Vaccine Skeptics? Frontline Health Care Workers

What do frontline health care workers and first responders know about COVID-19 vaccines that politicians and their public health advisers don’t? According to a January analysis by Gallup, 51 percent of health care workers and first responders polled in December 2020 were unconvinced of the merits of getting vaccinated, even if the vaccine “was free, available, […]

J&J to Test COVID-19 Vaccine on Babies, Pregnant Women and the Immunocompromised

J&J to Test COVID-19 Vaccine on Babies, Pregnant Women and the Immunocompromised

Pharmaceutical and medical device giant Johnson & Johnson, Inc. (J&J) announced on Feb. 28, 2021 plans to test its experimental Ad26.COV2.S vaccine for COVID-19 on infant children (including newborns), pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems. J&J did not include infants, pregnant women or the immunocompromised in the U.S. population in clinical trials on […]

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine Not Recommended for People Over 65 in Germany

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine Not Recommended for People Over 65 in Germany

Health officials in Germany have cautioned that the AstraZeneca/Oxford University COVID-19 vaccine (AZD1222) should not be given to people over the age of 65. Germany’s disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute, only recommends the shot for people between the ages of 18-64 after concluding that there is not enough data available to determine whether the […]

We Need More Details and Raw Data on Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines

We Need More Details and Raw Data on Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines

On Nov. 26, 2020, when I raised questions1 about the results of Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trials, all that was in the public domain were the study protocols2 and a few press releases.3 Now, two journal publications4 and around 400 pages of summary data are available in the form of multiple reports presented by and to the U.S. Food and Drug […]

South African Variant of SARS-CoV-2 Virus May Evade Vaccines

South African Variant of SARS-CoV-2 Virus May Evade Vaccines

Story Highlights A highly transmissible new strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been identified in South Africa and has now spread to at least eight other countries including the U.K., Switzerland, Finland, Japan, Australia, Zambia, France and South Korea. The mutations of the new strain represent significant changes to key structures involved […]

No Evidence COVID-19 Vaccines Will Block Spread of Coronavirus

No Evidence COVID-19 Vaccines Will Block Spread of Coronavirus

On Nov. 9, 2020, Pfizer, Inc. announced that the experimental messenger RNA (mRNA) BNT162b2 vaccine for COVID-19 it developed in partnership with Germany’s BioNTech SE had an efficacy rate of 90 percent, based on the results of human clinical trials on the vaccine.1 2 3 This news was followed up a week later with an […]

Russians Warned to Abstain from Drinking Alcohol After Getting Sputnik V COVID-19 Vaccine

Russians Warned to Abstain from Drinking Alcohol After Getting Sputnik V COVID-19 Vaccine

Story Highlights Health officials in Russia tell Russians to avoid drinking alcohol two weeks prior to and 42 days after receiving the emergency use Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine The Sputnik V manufacturer’s alcohol warning contradicts That of Russian health officials. The manufacturer recommends refraining from alcohol three days after each of the two doses of […]

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