Blood Type May Affect Vulnerability to COVID-19

Blood Type May Affect Vulnerability to COVID-19

Story Highlights An international group of geneticists has compared DNA of patients hospitalized for severe COVID-19 infection with that of healthy volunteers and found six gene clusters that may provide insight into the wide range of responses to the virus. Results showed that patients with Type A blood appeared to have a greater susceptibility for […]

Virginia Legislature Gives CDC, Board of Health Power to Mandate Vaccines for School Children

Virginia Legislature Gives CDC, Board of Health Power to Mandate Vaccines for School Children

In the 2020 Legislative session, the Virginia Legislature passed H.B.1090, a bill that amended a law requiring children attending public and private schools in the state to receive vaccines (§ 32.1-46. Immunization of patients against certain diseases).1 Virginia Delegate Patrick Hope (D-Arlington) was the lead sponsor of H.B. 1090 introduced on Jan. 8, 2020, which […]

GSK and Sanofi COVID-19 Vaccine Produced in Insect Cells with Squalene Adjuvant

GSK and Sanofi COVID-19 Vaccine Produced in Insect Cells with Squalene Adjuvant

Story Highlights GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur are partnering to develop an experimental COVID-19 vaccine. The two global vaccine manufacturers are using existing recombinant DNA vaccine technology and a squalene adjuvant for their COVID-19 vaccine. Clinical trials are scheduled to begin in the second half of 2020 and, if successful, the vaccine will be available in […]

Injecting TB Vaccines Into the Veins vs Reducing Poverty

Injecting TB Vaccines Into the Veins vs Reducing Poverty

The journal Nature recently reported that tuberculosis (TB) vaccine developers discovered TB vaccine is much more effective if it is injected directly into the veins of monkeys rather than into the skin. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) found that administering BCG—the […]