COVID-19 vaccine: Johnson & Johnson begins huge trial testing one-dose shot
A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is underway as Johnson & Johnson begins dosing up to 60,000 volunteers, Associated Press has reported.Hopes are high that answers about at least one of several candidates being tested in the U.S. could come by year’s end, allowing the company to seek emergency authorization early next year, should it prove effective, according to Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels.“A single dose could be a very efficient tool to combat the pandemic as it is faster acting,” he said Wednesday in an interview. Animal models ...
‘Philippine needs open access to COVID-19 vaccine’
MANILA, Philippines — Developing countries like the Philippines need open access to the vaccine against COVID-19, President Duterte told the United Nations General Assembly in New York.Duterte also supported the UN’s call for global solidarity against COVID during his first participation in the UN General Assembly through virtual video presentations by world leaders.Addressing the assembly, Duterte reiterated the need to ensure universal access for all once the vaccine is developed.“When the world finds that vaccine, access to it must not be denied nor withheld. It should be made available to ...
J&J Covid-19 vaccine trial moves into late stage
Washington (AFP) - Johnson & Johnson said Wednesday it was entering the final Phase 3 stage of its Covid-19 vaccine clinical trial following positive results in earlier stages.The trial will seek to enroll up to 60,000 volunteers across more than 200 sites in the US and around the world, the company and the US National Institutes for Health (NIH), which is providing funding, said.With the move, J&J becomes the tenth maker globally to conduct a Phase 3 trial against Covid-19, and the fourth in the US.The company, which is developing the vaccine on a not-for-profit basis through its subsidiary J...
‘More can be done than just wait for vaccine’
‘More can be done than just wait for vaccine’Helen Flores(The Philippine Star) – September 23, 2020 – 12:00amMANILA, Philippines — There is more to do in the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic than just wait for a vaccine to become available and spray pesticide over the country, Vice President Leni Robredo said.Robredo made the statement on Monday night after President Duterte lashed out at her for continuously criticizing the supposed inefficiency in his administration’s COVID-19 response more than six months into the community quarantine.“Watched the regular Monday press con t...
Robredo: Waiting for vaccine, spraying pesticide won’t solve COVID-19 crisis
Robredo: Waiting for vaccine, spraying pesticide won’t solve COVID-19 crisisGaea Katreena Cabico(Philstar.com) – September 22, 2020 – 9:05amMANILA, Philippines — Having hospitals to treat coronavirus patients and waiting for a vaccine are not enough to address the health crisis that has infected more than 290,000 people in the Philippines, Vice President Leni Robredo said.In a taped speech aired Monday night, President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at critics, including Robredo, for saying the government has not done enough to address the pandemic.“Now, you might be hearing of critics and ‘yung w...
Robredo cites data showing countries beating COVID-19 while awaiting vaccine
Vice President Leni Robredo cited on Tuesday data disputing the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte that the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic could not be won without a vaccine.Robredo cited a table published by The Lancet COVID-19 Commission, launched last July by The Lancet medical journal to help governments, United Nations institutions, and civil groups fight the pandemic.The table, based on data collected last August, ranked countries based on their effective reproductive rate — that is, the rate of coronavirus transmission.The Philippines was ranked 66th out of 91 countries.Robredo...
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Andrew Lloyd Webber feels safe after trialling COVID-19 vaccine
The theatre impresario signed up for the study, conducted by England's University of Oxford and AstraZeneca UK last month (Aug20), which was paused after a British participant was hospitalised earlier in September - before resuming a few days later.Chatting to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, the hosts of U.K. TV show Good Morning Britain on Tuesday (22Sep20), Andrew revealed he had no ill effects from the vaccine and that those involved are keeping a close eye on his health."It's very carefully monitored, you do comprehensive blood tests," the Cats creator said. "I fill in a daily form online w...
Signs of an ‘October Vaccine Surprise’ Alarm Career Scientists
President Donald Trump, who seems intent on announcing a COVID-19 vaccine before Election Day, could legally authorize a vaccine over the objections of experts, officials at the Food and Drug Administration and even vaccine manufacturers, who have pledged not to release any vaccine unless it’s proved safe and effective.In podcasts, public forums, social media and medical journals, a growing number of prominent health leaders say they fear that Trump — who has repeatedly signaled his desire for the swift approval of a vaccine and his displeasure with perceived delays at the FDA — will take matt...
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EDITORIAL – Race for a vaccine
EDITORIAL – Race for a vaccine(The Philippine Star) – September 22, 2020 – 12:00amFrom the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the battle cry was healing as one. The message applies not only to just one city or country, but to the entire world. Just one COVID-19 hotspot on the planet can put the rest at risk.With healing as one in mind, the World Health Organization is mobilizing governments and the private sector for a coordinated rollout of vaccines for coronavirus disease 2019. There’s a gap, however, between best intentions and action. Warnings have been aired against “vaccine nationalism” ...
Azerbaijan inks deal on supply of COVID-19 vaccine
By Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan’s State Agency for Compulsory Health Insurance has signed an agreement with Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization on the country’s purchase of COVID-19 vaccine.Under the agreement, Azerbaijan will be provided with a COVID-19 vaccine – approved by the World Health Organization and meeting all necessary requirements – after it has been produced.It should be noted that there are no measures of systemic struggle against COVID-19. Unlike other viruses, SARS-CoV-2 actively mutates and a range of distribution is growing rapidly, which makes experts believe that the ...