Thursday, October 21, 2021

booster shots

US agency to allow mix and match for Covid boosters, says report

The government will not recommend one shot over another, and it might note that using the same vaccine as a booster when possible is preferable, the report says.

US panel votes to authorise J&J Covid vaccine booster

The single shot J&J vaccine was never as effective as its double-shot mRNA counterparts, but some evidence suggests it is less susceptible to waning than Pfizer and Moderna, because of the viral vector technology behind it.

With boosters, masks and health pass, Israel sees Covid-19 wave in retreat

Since peaking in early September, daily infections in Israel have fallen more than 80%, with severe cases nearly halved.

India says no plans for Covid booster dose

India says there is no clear guidance on whether a third dose is necessary, including from the World Health Organization.

Sarawak starts giving third doses, booster shots of Covid vaccine

Third doses will be given to immunocompromised people while booster jabs will be given to senior citizens and frontliners.

WHO advises additional Covid jab for the immunocompromised

The panel also recommends that people over 60 receive an additional dose of the shots made by Chinese vaccine makers Sinopharm and Sinovac some one to three months after completing their schedule.

EU watchdog backs Pfizer booster for over-18s

Extra doses of both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines were also approved for people with severely weakened immune systems.

Sarawak to be first to give booster shots

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin says Sarawak will be the first to begin the booster dose programme as it was the first to complete the vaccination programme.

CDC director breaks with panel to back booster jabs for high-risk workers

Rochelle Walensky says her agency has to make recommendations based on complex, often imperfect data.

Moderna boss sees pandemic over in a year

Stéphane Bancel says enough doses of vaccine should be available by the middle of next year so that 'everyone on this earth' can be vaccinated.

Johnson & Johnson announces positive Covid booster data

A second shot given 56 days after the first provided 75% protection against symptomatic Covid in a global clinical trial, with that level rising to 94% in the US.

Thailand to try alternative vaccination method to stretch supplies

Doctors have been given the green light to give booster shots under the skin rather than injecting them into muscles.

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