Moderna, Novavax Developing Combined Single-Dose COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccine

Moderna, Novavax Developing Combined Single-Dose COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccine

American pharmaceutical and biotechnology company Moderna, Inc., which partnered with the U.S. National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to develop an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine being distributed in the United States under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) announced that it is developing a combined single-dose booster vaccine for COVID-19 and seasonal influenza.1 In a […]

More Than 100 People in Ontario Hospitalized With Heart Problems After COVID Vaccination

More Than 100 People in Ontario Hospitalized With Heart Problems After COVID Vaccination

Public Health Ontario (PHO) in Canada recently released report, Myocarditis and Pericarditis Following Vaccination with COVID-19 mRNA Vaccines in Ontario: December 13, 2020 to August 7, 2021, which found that the majority of COVID-19 vaccine recipients who went to the hospital for heart inflammation after the novel vaccine were young people.1 Adolescents and young adults […]

Canada Adds Bell’s Palsy Warning to Pfizer COVID Shot

Canada Adds Bell’s Palsy Warning to Pfizer COVID Shot

Health Canada, the Canadian government’s department responsible for national health policy, earlier this month updated the product information label for Pfizer/BioNTech’s experimental messenger RNA (mRNA) biologic (also known as BNT162b2 or “Comirnaty” vaccine) to reflect reported cases of Bell’s palsy—an immune mediated neurological disorder characterized by temporary muscle weakness or paralysis on one side of […]

Boy in Singapore Compensated for Heart Attack Linked to Pfizer’s COVID Biologic

Boy in Singapore Compensated for Heart Attack Linked to Pfizer’s COVID Biologic

Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Aug. 16, 2021 that it had awarded S$225,000 (just over $165,000) to the family of a 16-year-old boy in Singapore who suffered a heart attack six days after receiving the first dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s experimental messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 biologic (also known as BNT162b2 or “Comirnaty” vaccine) on […]

Pfizer Plan for COVID Booster Shot Raises Safety Concerns

Pfizer Plan for COVID Booster Shot Raises Safety Concerns

Opinion | On July 8, 2021, Pfizer, Inc. announced it was developing a booster dose for its experimental messenger RNA (mRNA) BNT162b2 biologic for COVID-19. It said that it had observed waning immunity among people who received the standard two-dose regimen of the product. The company said it planned to begin clinical studies of the […]

13-Year-Old Boy in Michigan Dies Three Days After Getting COVID-19 Shot

13-Year-Old Boy in Michigan Dies Three Days After Getting COVID-19 Shot

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating the death of 13-year-old Jacob Clynick in Saginaw, Michigan on June 17, 2021, three days after receiving the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service (MDHHS), “The investigation as to whether there is a correlation […]

Pfizer, Moderna COVID Shots Likely Linked to Inflammatory Heart Conditions Says CDC Advisory Committee

Pfizer, Moderna COVID Shots Likely Linked to Inflammatory Heart Conditions Says CDC Advisory Committee

On June 23, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) determined that there is a “likely association” between reported cases of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart) following vaccination with experimental messenger RNA (mRNA) biologics for COVID-19 […]

Former FDA Chief Stephen Hahn Joins Venture Capital Firm Behind Moderna COVID Vaccine

Former FDA Chief Stephen Hahn Joins Venture Capital Firm Behind Moderna COVID Vaccine

Stephen Hahn, MD, who served as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from Dec. 17, 2019 through Jan. 20, 2021, has been hired by Flagship Pioneering Co.—the venture capital firm that launched biotechnology Moderna, Inc., maker of the experimental mRNA-1273 COVID-19 biologic currently being distributed in the United States under an emergency […]

Italy Suspends AstraZeneca’s COVID Vaccine After Teen’s Brain Hemorrhage Death

Italy Suspends AstraZeneca’s COVID Vaccine After Teen’s Brain Hemorrhage Death

The government of Italy has suspended AstraZeneca/Oxford University’s experimental AZD1222 COVID-19 vaccine for people under 60 years of age in that country. The decision, announced on June 11, 2021, follows the recent death of 18-year-old Camilla Canepa, who died of a cerebral  due to a blood clot 16 days after receiving the first dose of […]

Probable Link Found Between Pfizer’s COVID Shot and Heart Inflammation

Probable Link Found Between Pfizer’s COVID Shot and Heart Inflammation

On June 2, 2021, the Israeli Ministry of Health announced that it believes there is a “probable link” between Pfizer/BioNTech’s experimental messenger RNA (mRNA) BNT162b2 biologic for COVID-19 and dozens of cases of myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) in Israel—mostly in males between 16-30 years of age. According to an epidemiological study undertaken by a […]

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