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Pfizer, BioNTech vaccine neutralises Omicron with three shots

(Reuters) – BioNTech and Pfizer said on Wednesday a three-shot course of their COVID-19 vaccine was able to neutralise the new Omicron variant in a laboratory test, an early signal that…

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A medic tends to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Pirogov hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria, October 15, 2021. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Europe rethinks booster shot policy as COVID cases hit records

Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary all reported new highs in daily infections as winter grips the continent and people gather indoors in the run-up to Christmas, providing a perfect…

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Third booster with half dose of Pfizer vaccine as effective as full dose – study

Thailand’s Siriraj Institute of Clinical Research, of the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj hospital, is recommending that people who have been inoculated with two AstraZeneca vaccine shots receive a third…

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U.S. FDA advisers back Moderna COVID booster shots for older and high-risk people

(Reuters) – A panel of expert advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration unanimously voted on Thursday to recommend booster shots of Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine for Americans aged 65 and older and those at high risk of severe illness or occupational exposure to the virus. If…

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AZ boosters for those who got 2 Sinovac jabs from March to May to begin on Sep 24

People who received two doses of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine between March and May this year will be the first to be eligible for AstraZeneca booster shots, starting next Friday…

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US authorizes COVID boosters for those with weakened immune systems

Washington (AFP) – The United States on Thursday authorized an extra dose of COVID vaccine for people with weakened immune systems, as the country struggles to thwart the Delta variant. Emergency use…

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Bottles of the Sinovac vaccine are seen at a hospital, as Indonesia drives mass vaccination for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Antibodies from Sinovac’s COVID-19 shot fade after about 6 months, booster helps – study

BEIJING (Reuters) – Antibodies triggered by Sinovac Biotech’s COVID–19 vaccine declined below a key threshold from around six months after a second dose for most recipients, although a third shot had a strong booster effect, according to a Chinese study. Chinese researchers reported the…

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Third AstraZeneca vaccine shot produces strong immune response – study

LONDON (Reuters) – A third shot of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine produces a strong immune response, researchers said on Monday, adding there was not yet evidence that such shots were needed, especially given shortages in some countries. The Oxford University study found that a third…

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