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The first people in the US got COVID-19 shots

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, On Tuesday morning, the Food and Drug Administration released documents related to its review of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine. They […]
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US plans to ship 6 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine straight after the FDA authorizes it — double its initial shipment of Pfizer’s shot

The US plans to ship 6 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine once it is authorised for emergency use, the head of logistics for the government’s vaccine initiative said during a press briefing Monday. This would be double the US’s initial shipment of Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine. “The difference in […]
US plans to ship 6 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine straight after the FDA authorizes it — double its initial shipment of Pfizer’s shot
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Vulnerable Brits can now get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from their family doctor. Here’s what you need to know — with photos from one of the first clinics to offer the shot

Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine got the green light from the UK regulator on December 2. Thousands of the most vulnerable Brits and healthcare workers were first in line for the vaccine from December 9. On Monday, certain family doctor clinics in the UK can start to immunize patients over […]
Vulnerable Brits can now get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from their family doctor. Here’s what you need to know — with photos from one of the first clinics to offer the shot
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The coronavirus vaccine rollout has begun

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The coronavirus vaccine rollout has begun
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Americans are stockpiling cleaning supplies again, even though research suggests COVID-19 does not primarily spread through surfaces. Experts say that’s ok.

Costco, Walmart, and Kroger have reported an increased demand for cleaning supplies as COVID-19 cases spike in the US. But the CDC updated guidelines in May to say surface transmission “isn’t thought to be the main way the virus spreads,” and updated research suggests COVID-19 can spread through non-ventilated air. […]
Americans are stockpiling cleaning supplies again, even though research suggests COVID-19 does not primarily spread through surfaces. Experts say that’s ok.
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AstraZeneca is acquiring Alexion Pharmaceuticals in a $39 billion pharmaceutical deal

AstraZeneca on Saturday said it would acquire Alexion Pharmaceuticals for $US39 billion. “Alexion has established itself as a leader in complement biology, bringing life-changing benefits to patients with rare diseases. This acquisition allows us to enhance our presence in immunology,” said Pascal Soriot, chief executive of AstraZeneca, in a joint […]
AstraZeneca is acquiring Alexion Pharmaceuticals in a $39 billion pharmaceutical deal
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The FDA is preparing to authorise Pfizer’s vaccine

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, What a week it’s been. If you had any doubts this month could be one long marathon of vaccine […]
The FDA is preparing to authorise Pfizer’s vaccine
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AstraZeneca will work with the makers of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine to test a combined shot. This could make people more immune, and for a longer period of time, it said.

The COVID-19 vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford will be combined with Russia’s Sputnik V shot, which the country has already authorised for emergency use. In a press release on Friday, AstraZeneca said that it would “soon begin exploring” combining its shot with one made by […]
AstraZeneca will work with the makers of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine to test a combined shot. This could make people more immune, and for a longer period of time, it said.
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GSK and Sanofi delay the expected rollout of their COVID-19 vaccine until late 2021 because of an insufficient response in older people. The US has ordered 100 million doses.

GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi have delayed the expected rollout of their COVID-19 vaccine to the final months of 2021. Interim results for human studies showed an “insufficient response in older adults,” the drugmakers said Friday – but they praised its effects in other age groups. The companies plan to repeat a […]
GSK and Sanofi delay the expected rollout of their COVID-19 vaccine until late 2021 because of an insufficient response in older people. The US has ordered 100 million doses.
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Australia has become the first country to abandon a vaccine attempt, scrapping a $750 million project after the shot wrongly gave some people positive HIV test results

Australia has scrapped a $US750 million project after some participants in a vaccine trial falsely tested positive for HIV. It is the first time a country has abandoned a vaccine attempt. Health Minister Greg Hunt said Friday the trial vaccine, developed by the University of Queensland and the biotech firm […]
Australia has become the first country to abandon a vaccine attempt, scrapping a $750 million project after the shot wrongly gave some people positive HIV test results
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The biggest nursing-home chain in the US is sounding off about a potentially messy COVID-19 vaccine rollout as a patchwork of state vaccination plans emerges

Under a federal program, the pharmacy giants CVS Health and Walgreens plan to give COVID-19 vaccines to residents and staff members at more than 50,000 long-term care facilities. Dr. Richard Feifer, the chief medical officer of the country’s largest nursing-home operator, Genesis HealthCare, sounded off about West Virginia’s decision to […]
The biggest nursing-home chain in the US is sounding off about a potentially messy COVID-19 vaccine rollout as a patchwork of state vaccination plans emerges
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The world is relying on a UK drugmaker with limited experience in crafting vaccines to help fight the pandemic, and AstraZeneca’s stumbles are delaying its response

AstraZeneca had been “slow” to provide American drug regulators with vaccine data that led to delays in completing late-stage trials, The New York Times reported. The biopharmaceutical company’s missteps have cost the country time to review trial data. AstraZeneca decided to restart clinical trials after scientists pointed out inconsistencies in […]
The world is relying on a UK drugmaker with limited experience in crafting vaccines to help fight the pandemic, and AstraZeneca’s stumbles are delaying its response
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The US is giving $523 million to 9,000 nursing homes for reducing COVID-19 cases. This is the first time it has given institutions financial rewards for controlling the spread.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will split $US523 million in incentive payments among more than 9,000 nursing homes for reducing COVID-19 related infections and deaths. The agency gave the first payments out on Wednesday, and said it is “exhausting all measures to ensure nursing homes nationwide are […]
The US is giving $523 million to 9,000 nursing homes for reducing COVID-19 cases. This is the first time it has given institutions financial rewards for controlling the spread.
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Experts are making a critical decision on Pfizer’s vaccine

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Experts are making a critical decision on Pfizer’s vaccine
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Canada beats the US to approving Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine

Canada approved the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for use, the government announced on Wednesday. “Canadians can feel confident that the review process was rigorous and that we have strong monitoring systems in place,” Health Canada, the country’s department of health, said in a statement. The vaccine was approved for use in […]
Canada beats the US to approving Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine
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One chart shows how well Pfizer’s vaccine works

Hello, Today in healthcare news: One chart shows just how well Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine works at preventing COVID-19, our most detailed look at AstraZeneca and Oxford’s vaccine data, and a Verily cofounder’s plan to address one of the most overlooked parts of caring for patients. One striking chart shows […]
One chart shows how well Pfizer’s vaccine works
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Americans may have to wait 4 days to get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine after FDA authorization, longer than previously thought, the head of US vaccine rollout said

The head of vaccine rollout in the US said Tuesday that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine may take longer to distribute than previously expected once the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes it. Gustave Perna, the chief operations officer for Operation Warp Speed, said Americans will be vaccinated four days after the […]
Americans may have to wait 4 days to get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine after FDA authorization, longer than previously thought, the head of US vaccine rollout said
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Anyone with a history of ‘significant’ allergies to food or medicines should avoid the current Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the UK regulator said, after 2 people had reactions

Two recipients of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine had adverse reactions Tuesday, the UK’s National Health Service said Wednesday morning. Both people, who are recovering, had a history of “significant” allergic reactions. As a result, the UK drug regulator has warned people with a history of significant allergic reactions to […]
Anyone with a history of ‘significant’ allergies to food or medicines should avoid the current Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, the UK regulator said, after 2 people had reactions
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How many coronavirus vaccine doses each US state will get to start

Three coronavirus vaccines – from Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca – have shown positive results in late-stage trials. The federal government is allocating vaccine doses to states by population. Most states have announced the number of doses they expect to receive in the first round of distribution. Visit Business Insider’s homepage […]
How many coronavirus vaccine doses each US state will get to start
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The US turned down ‘multiple’ chances to buy more doses of Pfizer’s highly effective COVID-19 shot and is instead turning to other vaccine agreements, says former FDA chief and Pfizer board member

Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner and Pfizer board member, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, said Wednesday the US government turned down chances to buy additional batches of Pfizer’s vaccines and has sought agreements from other manufacturers instead. The US ordered 100 million doses of Pfizer’s two-shot vaccine but the company may […]
The US turned down ‘multiple’ chances to buy more doses of Pfizer’s highly effective COVID-19 shot and is instead turning to other vaccine agreements, says former FDA chief and Pfizer board member
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Pfizer’s CEO says skipping the second dose of its coronavirus vaccine would be ‘a very big mistake,’ despite data suggesting partial protection from a single shot

Getting only one dose of a leading coronavirus vaccine would be “a very big mistake,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said Tuesday. Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine is given as two doses, spaced 21 days apart. The vaccine is 95% effective at preventing COVID-19 when people get two doses. New data released Tuesday […]
Pfizer’s CEO says skipping the second dose of its coronavirus vaccine would be ‘a very big mistake,’ despite data suggesting partial protection from a single shot
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We just got our most-detailed look yet at the safety and effectiveness of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. Here’s what you need to know.

AstraZeneca is the first COVID-19 vaccine-maker to publish results from late-stage trials in a peer-reviewed journal. The results, published in the Lancet on Tuesday, suggest the vaccine’s efficacy is 70%, on average. The data confirmed preliminary results announced on November 23. The shot hasn’t been signed off by regulators, but […]
We just got our most-detailed look yet at the safety and effectiveness of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. Here’s what you need to know.
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Moderna’s manufacturing test

Hello, On Tuesday, the UK officially started administering COVID-19 vaccines outside of a clinical trial — beginning with 90-year-old Margaret Keenan. In the meantime, here in the US, we’re poring over documents released today by the Food and Drug Administration about Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine. Also today in healthcare news: […]
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The Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 shots will be combined in a ‘mix and match’ trial to see if the 2 vaccines together produce a stronger immune response

The head of the UK’s vaccine taskforce said Tuesday that a “mix and match” trial will combine both Pfizer and AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccines. The trial will test whether combining the two shots works better than administering them individually. AstraZeneca and Oxford’s vaccine has not yet been approved by UK regulators, […]
The Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 shots will be combined in a ‘mix and match’ trial to see if the 2 vaccines together produce a stronger immune response
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Trump is hosting a ‘vaccine summit’ to discuss the ‘success’ of Operation Warp Speed. The governors of Florida and Texas will join, Moderna and Pfizer declined the invite.

Senior administration officials revealed details of President Donald Trump’s December 8 “vaccine summit” during a call Monday evening. At the summit, Trump will sign an executive order stating the US would provide vaccines to Americans before aiding other nations. Moderna and Pfizer declined invitations to the summit. Administration officials said […]
Trump is hosting a ‘vaccine summit’ to discuss the ‘success’ of Operation Warp Speed. The governors of Florida and Texas will join, Moderna and Pfizer declined the invite.
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Hospitals are preparing for a vaccine rollout

Hello, Today in healthcare news: An inside look at how hospitals are preparing to vaccinate and prioritise the first round of vaccines, meet the little-known startup that’s helping the UK with its vaccine rollout, and pregnant people will have to wait for a COVID-19 shot. ‘This is game time’: Hospitals […]
Hospitals are preparing for a vaccine rollout
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A Wyoming health official involved in the state’s COVID-19 response described vaccines as biological weapons and a plot to spread communism

A Wyoming health official involved in the state’s COVID-19 response described vaccines as biological weapons and a plot by Russia and China to spread communism worldwide. Igor Shepherd, the Readiness and Countermeasures Program Manager, referred to the “so-called pandemic” and said volunteers were part of communist plots to hurt the […]
A Wyoming health official involved in the state’s COVID-19 response described vaccines as biological weapons and a plot to spread communism
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We’re on the cusp of vaccine authorizations

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, Somehow, dear readers, we’ve made it to December. And this month is set to be a remarkable one. In […]
We’re on the cusp of vaccine authorizations
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100 million vaccines in 100 days

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100 million vaccines in 100 days
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Germany says it dealt with COVID-19 so well that some people doubted the virus’ existence, and broke the rules. It just reported its highest daily death toll, at 487.

Germany’s successful response to the first wave of COVID-19 meant it became harder to control the virus later on, the head of its public health agency said Thursday. Some people even began to doubt the virus’ existence, he said, calling it a “prevention paradox.” People aren’t taking social distancing guidelines […]
Germany says it dealt with COVID-19 so well that some people doubted the virus’ existence, and broke the rules. It just reported its highest daily death toll, at 487.
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About half of US states worry they will run out of COVID-19 tests, and even more fear they won’t have the supplies to distribute a vaccine, according to a government report

Nine months into the pandemic, some US states were still short of personal protective equipment, COVID-19 tests, and other vital medical supplies, the Government Accountability Office said in a report Monday. About half of the 47 states and territories that responded to the watchdog’s survey in mid-October said they were […]
About half of US states worry they will run out of COVID-19 tests, and even more fear they won’t have the supplies to distribute a vaccine, according to a government report
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Dr. Anthony Fauci says the UK approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine too fast. ‘If you go quickly and you do it superficially, people are not going to want to get vaccinated.’

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday said the UK had approved Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine too quickly. The UK approved the companies’ vaccine Wednesday, becoming the first Western nation to authorise a COVID-19 shot. The US Food and Drug Administration is still analysing trial results, however, and is expected to […]
Dr. Anthony Fauci says the UK approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine too fast. ‘If you go quickly and you do it superficially, people are not going to want to get vaccinated.’
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Interpol warns that organised crime groups will likely try to steal ‘liquid gold’ COVID vaccines as well as peddle fake doses

Law enforcement agencies should be prepared for organised crime networks to try to steal COVID-19 vaccines, Interpol said in a statement Wednesday. The organisation warned that criminal groups will likely attempt to infiltrate supply chains and sell fraudulent vaccines. The pandemic has “already triggered unprecedented opportunistic and predatory criminal behaviour,” […]
Interpol warns that organised crime groups will likely try to steal ‘liquid gold’ COVID vaccines as well as peddle fake doses
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Operation Warp Speed’s top scientist predicts more than 100 million Americans could be immunized with coronavirus vaccines within the next 100 days

Moncef Slaoui, the top scientist advising the US government’s Operation Warp Speed, predicted that more than 100 million Americans would be vaccinated against COVID-19 within the next 100 days. Slaoui said 20 million Americans should be immunized in December, then 30 million more in January and 50 million in February. […]
Operation Warp Speed’s top scientist predicts more than 100 million Americans could be immunized with coronavirus vaccines within the next 100 days
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The US will give Americans paper cards to remind them of their second COVID-19 vaccine dose, but will leave further messaging to states and pharmacies

Army general Gustave Perna, who oversees the logistics of delivering COVID-19 vaccines to states, said the US will give Americans paper cards reminding them to come back for second doses. Vaccines from both Pfizer and Moderna, which are awaiting emergency authorised use from the FDA, require two doses. Experts previously […]
The US will give Americans paper cards to remind them of their second COVID-19 vaccine dose, but will leave further messaging to states and pharmacies
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Red Cross leader urged countries to combat COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, which he called a ‘parallel pandemic’ to the disease

The head of the Red Cross, the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, said a vaccine alone cannot stop COVID-19 if governments fail to address misinformation about the disease. Francesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, called COVID-19 misinformation a “parallel pandemic.” Rocca cited a […]
Red Cross leader urged countries to combat COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, which he called a ‘parallel pandemic’ to the disease
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UK approves its first vaccine

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UK approves its first vaccine
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Healthcare workers and long-term-care facility residents should get a coronavirus vaccine first, according to US health officials

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted on Tuesday to recommend that healthcare workers and residents of long-term-care facilities receive a coronavirus vaccine first. Vaccinating healthcare workers first would allow them to continue to respond to the pandemic. Those living in nursing homes and […]
Healthcare workers and long-term-care facility residents should get a coronavirus vaccine first, according to US health officials
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COVID-19 vaccines are now being administered in the UK and US, but the rollout may take years in poorer countries. Here are the major challenges they face.

In December, the world watched as the UK and the US administered their first doses of Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccines. But lower-income countries may have to wait for years before they can vaccinate the majority of their population, researchers have found. Cost and availability, combined with transport, storage, and […]
COVID-19 vaccines are now being administered in the UK and US, but the rollout may take years in poorer countries. Here are the major challenges they face.
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Scientists are aiming to launch a nationwide trial as soon as possible to find out if the top coronavirus vaccines can stop the virus from spreading

Massive studies have found that two leading coronavirus vaccines are highly effective at preventing people from getting sick with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Top researchers are already pitching plans for additional studies, Business Insider has learned. This research aims to answer a critical question: Can these experimental […]
Scientists are aiming to launch a nationwide trial as soon as possible to find out if the top coronavirus vaccines can stop the virus from spreading
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China’s Sinopharm has applied for regulatory approval to launch a COVID-19 vaccine for public use, but nearly 1 million people have already taken experimental shots

Chinese pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm on Tuesday applied to the country’s health regulators to launch its COVID-19 vaccines for public use, based on multiple news reports. However, close to a million people have already been injected with experimental shots since the Chinese government authorised the vaccines for emergency use in July. […]
China’s Sinopharm has applied for regulatory approval to launch a COVID-19 vaccine for public use, but nearly 1 million people have already taken experimental shots
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6 crucial questions about AstraZeneca’s vaccine

Welcome to Business Insider ‘ s daily healthcare newsletter , your daily dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Hello, Happy day-before-Thanksgiving! It’s seeming like a pretty good time to log off and relax. For those looking for some […]
6 crucial questions about AstraZeneca’s vaccine