Are Vaccine Passports a Good Idea?

With more than 50 million people having now received their first dose of the [COVID-19] vaccine, there are questions about how proof of a vaccination could give people more freedom both at home and, indeed, abroad. Messaging from the government on the possibility of so-called vaccine passports has been mixed. The Foreign Secretary’s suggestion on […]

Vitamin D Deficiency Studies and COVID-19

Vitamin D Deficiency Studies and COVID-19

Story Highlights During the COVID-19 pandemic, medical scientists have been closely examining the effects of vitamin D deficiency. Meta-analyses of data from 45 studies have shown a significant correlation between vitamin D deficiency and more severe symptoms, complications and death from COVID-19. Although laboratory studies on the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19 are […]

Children Recruited in U.K. for COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

Children Recruited in U.K. for COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

The University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute and Oxford Vaccine Group in the United Kingdom has announced that its researchers have begun recruiting children aged five to 12 years for phase II and phase III clinical trials testing an experimental COVID-19 vaccine the university is developing in partnership with AstraZeneca plc.1 Oxford’s ChAdOx1 nCov-19 (“chimpanzee adenovirus […]

GlaxoSmithKline Partners with Viome to Develop New Vaccines

GlaxoSmithKline Partners with Viome to Develop New Vaccines

Vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) of the United Kingdom has partnered with Viome, a gut microbiome test company in Seattle, Washington to better understand bacteria that live in the digestive tract and the role they play in the body’s immune system response.1 According to Emmanuel Hanon, senior vice president for research and development at GSK Vaccines, […]