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WTO again fails to agree on Covid vaccine patent waiver

10/16/2021

The World Trade Organization said Friday its member nations had again failed to agree to suspend intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, with some countries doubting a deal could be reached unless certain delegations make "real compromises".

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New Zealand dispenses record number of jabs at 'Vaxathon'

10/16/2021

New Zealand health care workers administered a record number of vaccine jabs Saturday as the nation held a festival aimed at getting more people inoculated against the coronavirus.

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Russia tops 1,000 daily virus deaths for first time

10/16/2021

Russia on Saturday topped 1,000 deaths over 24 hours for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with the country's jab drive at a standstill and few restrictions in place.

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Pandemic continues to slow

10/15/2021

The coronavirus pandemic slowed for a seventh week in a row around the world.

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States can reserve COVID-19 shots for younger kids next week

10/15/2021

U.S. health officials are setting the stage for a national COVID-19 vaccination campaign for younger children, inviting state officials to order doses before the shots are authorized.

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Pfizer-BioNTech ask EU agency to OK vaccine for kids 5-11

10/15/2021

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotechnology company BioNTech said Friday they have requested to have their coronavirus vaccine licensed for children ages 5 to 11 across the European Union. If EU regulators agree, it would be the first opportunity for younger children in Europe to get immunized against COVID-19.

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FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine

10/15/2021

U.S. health advisers endorsed a booster of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine Friday, citing concern that Americans who got the single-dose shot aren't as protected as those given two-dose brands.

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'Superhuman, but never enough': Essay details inequities experienced by Black women physicians in the US

10/15/2021

Black women physicians in the United States face hurdles and inequities that contribute toward their underrepresentation in medicine, argues an essay in The Lancet by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) physician Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, MBA, and two colleagues. The essay, titled "Superhuman, But Never Enough: Black Women in Medicine," gives voice to "the frustrations I deal with and that I talk about with my Black women physician colleagues," says Stanford, an obesity medicine physician-scientist at MGH.

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One coronavirus vaccine may protect against other coronaviruses

10/15/2021

Northwestern Medicine scientists have shown for the first time that coronavirus vaccines and prior coronavirus infections can provide broad immunity against other, similar coronaviruses. The findings build a rationale for universal coronavirus vaccines that could prove useful in the face of future epidemics.

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Misinformation on stem cell treatments for COVID-19 linked to overhyped science, researchers argue

10/15/2021

The global race to develop new stem cell-based COVID-19 treatments during the pandemic was filled with violations of government regulations, inflated medical claims and distorted public communication, say the authors of a new perspective published Oct. 14 in the journal Stem Cell Reports.

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