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 […]

Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Pregnant Women in Israel

Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Pregnant Women in Israel

Story Highlights The World Health Organization issued a Jan. 26, 2021 statement recommending that pregnant women should not be vaccinated with Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine, approved for use under emergency authorization, citing a lack of data in pregnancy. Previously, most countries were in agreement with that opinion, but Israel is now recommending that pregnant women should […]

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 […]

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 […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Volunteer in India Develops Encephalopathy and Sues

COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Volunteer in India Develops Encephalopathy and Sues

A 40-year old business consultant in India, who volunteered to be a participant in clinical trials of the experimental COVID-19 vaccine (Covishield) created by AstraZeneca and Oxford University is suing Serum Institute of India (SII), which is producing the vaccine in India, for 50 million rupees ($680,000) after he developed acute encephalopathy (brain dysfunction) within […]

Airline Industry Develops “Travel Pass” to Test, Require COVID-19 Vaccinations to Fly

Airline Industry Develops “Travel Pass” to Test, Require COVID-19 Vaccinations to Fly

Story Highlights International Air Transport Association has developed a mobile application called IATA Travel Pass for passengers. The Travel Pass is a “digital passport” that will enable airlines to track passengers’ COVID-19 testing and vaccination status before boarding planes. North American airlines have not made a public comment on whether COVID-19 vaccination will be required […]

Brazil Halts and Re-Starts Phase 3 Clinical Trials of Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine

Brazil Halts and Re-Starts Phase 3 Clinical Trials of Chinese COVID-19 Vaccine

Brazil briefly stopped clinical trials of CoronaVac, the Chinese-made experimental vaccine for COVID-19, after a death among trial participants was reported on Nov 9, 2020. The Bhutantan Institute in San Paulo, Brazil had been conducting Phase 3 trials with more than 10,000 volunteers when the study was halted.1 However, within days, Bhutantan officials announced they […]

Brazilian Doctor Dies Participating in AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

Brazilian Doctor Dies Participating in AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

Story Highlights A COVID-19 vaccine trial participant, who was a physician working with COVID-19 patients at hospitals in Brazil, has reportedly died from coronavirus infection complications. It has not been confirmed, but sources indicate the victim was given the trial “placebo” (a meningococcal vaccine) and not the experimental AZD1222 vaccine developed by pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca […]