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Heart Inflammation May Be Rare COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effect in Teens

(Reuters) – Temporary heart inflammation may be a rare side effect of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in teenagers, according to pediatricians who reported on seven cases from across the United States. The previously healthy adolescents – all boys – developed chest pain within four days after their second dose. Magnetic resonance imaging showed myocarditis. “Fortunately, […]

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UK Begins ‘Booster’ Shot Trial of 7 Different COVID-19 Vaccines

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain launched a nationwide study on Wednesday to explore whether giving a third dose of coronavirus vaccines would be safe and effective in extending immune protection against COVID-19. The trial, which aims to recruit nearly 3,000 participants, will look at seven different COVID-19 shots, some of which are already approved by regulators […]

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Fauci: Encourage, Don’t Require, Vaccinating Children

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. As parents and public health officials consider back-to-school plans for the fall, they should encourage โ€” but not require โ€” COVID-19 vaccination for kids, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Thursday. “Whenever you’re […]

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Spain to Extend Gap Between AstraZeneca Doses to 16 Weeks

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain will extend the gap between the first and second doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in under 60-year-olds to 16 weeks from 12, the health ministry said on Friday. The extension gives authorities more breathing space to determine how best to handle shifting safety guidelines for the drug, the ministry said. Spain […]

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EU Backs AZ COVID Vaccine as Blood Clot Reviews Continue

(Reuters) – Europe’s drug regulator reiterated on Friday the benefits of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any risks, delivering an assessment based on continuing reviews into rare blood clots to help countries determine the shot’s use. The renewed backing comes after several countries in the European Union and worldwide have limited the use of the vaccine, […]

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Mexican-Made COVID-19 Vaccine Could Be Ready This Year

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico aims to have developed a vaccine against COVID-19 that could be granted approval for emergency use this year, a senior official said on Tuesday, an outcome that could wean it off unreliable foreign supplies for its slow vaccination program. The head of the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt), […]

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Next Winter May Be Rough: Models Predict ‘Considerable Surge’

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. It’s likely the United States will see another surge of COVID-19 this winter, warned Christopher Murray, MD, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Seattle. Speaking at the national conference of State of […]

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France Opts for mRNA Vaccines for Second Coronavirus Shot

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s top health advisory body in charge of COVID-19 vaccines recommended on Friday that recipients of a first dose of the AstraZeneca shot who are under 55 should receive a second dose with a so-called messenger RNA vaccine. Reuters reported on Thursday that the Haute Autorite de la Sante (HAS) had opted […]

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Viral Thoughts: Why COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories Persist

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) โ€” Daniel Roberts hadn’t had a vaccination since he was 6. No boosters, no tetanus shots. His parents taught him inoculations were dangerous, and when the coronavirus arrived, they called it a hoax. The vaccine, they said, was the real threat. So when the 29-year-old Tennessee man got his COVID-19 shot at […]