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Oxford vaccine approved – now, here are 10 reasons why you should get vaccinated

Prostock-studio/Shutterstock Alessandro Siani, University of Portsmouth The Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine has been authorised for use in the UK, meaning that millions more vaccine doses can now be delivered in the country. This will speed up progress towards achieving widespread immunity to the coronavirus. However, since the start of the pandemic – and particularly since vaccines for COVID-19 started being developed …

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Should pregnant women get the COVID-19 vaccine? Will it protect against asymptomatic infections and mutated viruses? An immunologist answers 3 questions

I am a physician, and I just got my first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. William Petri, CC BY-SA William Petri, University of Virginia This week I was vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, which brought to mind some frequently asked questions about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. I am a professor of infectious diseases at the …

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How the leading coronavirus vaccines work

Eugene Lu/Shutterstock Sarah Pitt, University of Brighton There are now quite a few COVID-19 vaccines in the pipeline, but two seem to be making promising progress: the one designed by the US biotechnology company Moderna, and the one developed by the University of Oxford in collaboration with AstraZeneca. In both cases, the research teams have built on their previous experience …

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Quelles règles éthiques pour organiser la vaccination contre le SARS-CoV-2 en Ehpad ?

Emmanuel Hirsch, Université Paris-Saclay Depuis deux semaines, la stratégie vaccinale envisagée pour contrer la diffusion du SARS-CoV-2 mobilise l’espace public. Cette impatience, entretenue par les services de presse des firmes pharmaceutiques, est fondée sur l’évocation de données intermédiaires. Celles-ci doivent être soumises à une validation scientifique académique, laquelle est en cours. La teneur des premières conclusions proposées le 18 novembre 2020 par une …

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How mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna work, why they’re a breakthrough and why they need to be kept so cold

Moderna’s new mRNA vaccine is almost 94.5% effective in large-scale trials. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images Sanjay Mishra, Vanderbilt University As the weather cools, the number of infections of the COVID-19 pandemic are rising sharply. Hamstrung by pandemic fatigue, economic constraints and political discord, public health officials have struggled to control the surging pandemic. But now, a rush of interim …

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Pfizer COVID vaccine: promising results – here’s what needs to happen next

hedgehog94/Shutterstock Anne Moore, University College Cork Preliminary data from the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trial suggests it provides 90% efficacy at preventing the disease. At the very least, this news will result in a large sigh of relief across the vaccine community. It signifies a breakthrough – it’s the first announcement that a vaccine can protect against SARS-CoV-2 infection in humans. …

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Scott Morrison to announce two new COVID vaccine deals

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The government has secured deals for two further COVID-19 vaccines, taking its portfolio of agreements to four. Under the latest agreements, to be announced by Scott Morrison on Thursday, Novavax would supply 40 million vaccine doses and Pfizer/BioNTech would provide 10 million doses. The Novavax and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines are expected to be available in Australia …

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Coronavirus vaccine: what we know so far – a comprehensive guide by academic experts

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M-Foto/Shutterstock Rob Reddick, The Conversation Since the early days of the pandemic, attention has focused on producing a vaccine for COVID-19. With one, it’s hoped it will be able to suppress the virus without relying purely on economically challenging control measures. Without one, the world will probably have to live with COVID-19 as an endemic disease. It’s unlikely the coronavirus …

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