Prevalence of Autism Up Around the World

Prevalence of Autism Up Around the World

A new report published in the journal Autism Research found the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has grown to about 100 in 10,000 children—up from 62 in 10,000 children a decade ago. The figure is based on a systematic review of 71 epidemiological studies providing 99 ASD prevalence estimates from 34 countries, primarily the […]

Pfizer Withdraws EUA Application for COVID Shot in India After Regulator Asks for Independent Safety Study

Pfizer Withdraws EUA Application for COVID Shot in India After Regulator Asks for Independent Safety Study

Pfizer, Inc. has withdrawn its emergency use authorization (EUA) application for its experimental BNT162b2 (also known as “Comirnaty”) messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 biologic (developed in collaboration with Germany’s BioNTech) in India.1 Pfizer was the first pharmaceutical company to apply for an EUA to distribute a COVID biologic in India in 2021. However, India’s regulatory agency […]

FDA Approves BioNTech’s Comirnaty. Pfizer COVID Shot Remains Experimental.

FDA Approves BioNTech’s Comirnaty. Pfizer COVID Shot Remains Experimental.

On Aug. 23, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to a Biologics License Application (BLA) submitted by BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH of Mainz, Germany on May 18, 2021 for a biologic drug called COVID Vaccine, mRNA. The FDA gave permission to BioNTech to label the product “Comirnaty” and market it in […]

State and Local Governments and Companies Offer Incentives to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19

State and Local Governments and Companies Offer Incentives to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19

Story Highlights As the demand for COVID-19 vaccines slows across the country, governments and businesses are offering a wide range of incentives to try to boost vaccination rates. In addition to a variety of cash lotteries, some of the offerings include air travel, college scholarships, state park passes, fishing or hunting licenses and complimentary food […]

Infant Boy in India Dies Hours After Getting Oral Polio Vaccine

Infant Boy in India Dies Hours After Getting Oral Polio Vaccine

A seven-month-old infant boy died on July 7, 2020 within hours of receiving the live attenuated oral polio vaccine (OPV) in Palghar, India. The baby was given one dose of the OPV drops in the evening and was found dead the following morning by his parents.1 2 3 According to a news report, government welfare […]

Infant Boy in India Dies Within Hours of Receiving Pentavalent Vaccine

Infant Boy in India Dies Within Hours of Receiving Pentavalent Vaccine

A five-month-old infant boy died on Feb. 12-13, 2020 within hours of receiving the “5-in-1” pentavalent (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type B) vaccine at a vaccination clinic in Arani, India.1 2 After he was vaccinated by the health nurse at the clinic, the boy was sent home with his parents. According to […]

Doctors in India and U.S. Get Big Money and Gifts from Pharma

Doctors in India and U.S. Get Big Money and Gifts from Pharma

The Madras High Court in India stated that 8,667 pharmaceutical companies have claimed income tax deduction on the freebies they give to doctors as “sales promotion expenses” and “gifts” in their tax return for the year 2019-20.1 In January 2020, the Court had taken suo motu cognizance (when courts in India take a case on […]

Infant Boy in India Dies After Getting Pentavalent Vaccine

Infant Boy in India Dies After Getting Pentavalent Vaccine

Three-month-old Rohan Kumar died on Feb. 6, 2020 after receiving the “5-in-1” pentavalent (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type B) vaccine at a government health center in Ramgarh, India.1 2 An investigation into the infant boy’s death was ordered by the local health department. A rural child health officer was tasked with […]

Infant Boy in India Dies Day After Receiving Pentavalent Vaccine

Infant Boy in India Dies Day After Receiving Pentavalent Vaccine

A two-month-old infant boy died on Jan. 11, 2020, a day after receiving the “5-in-1” pentavalent (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and Haemophilus influenzae type B) vaccine at a rural child care center in Hunshyal, India. The child was rushed to a nearby hospital after he fainted, but he died on the way.1 The child, […]

Samoa Measles Emergency Extended

Samoa Measles Emergency Extended

On Dec. 20, 2019, the government of Samoa announced that 94 percent of the island nation’s population of about 200,000 people had been vaccinated against measles as part of a government-led mandatory, mass vaccination campaign. As of Dec. 20, the Samoan Ministry of Health (MOH) had confirmed 5,463 reported cases with 1,762 hospitalizations and 78 […]