Vaccinations
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U.S. makes COVID-19 vaccine plans

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 7/22/20, 06:52 pm

The federal government will contract with the drug company Pfizer to deliver 100 million vaccines to Americans as soon as they are developed, President Donald Trump revealed in a Wednesday news conference. An additional 500 million vaccines would arrive in a later wave as part of “Operation Warp Speed.” The president also announced a $5 billion grant to nursing homes to battle the coronavirus outbreak among the nation’s elderly.

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Experimental COVID-19 vaccine shows promise

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/20/20, 04:07 pm

Hundreds of participants developed an immune response during early trials of a coronavirus shot. British researchers from the University of Oxford started administering the vaccine to half of the test pool of 1,000 people in early April. They published a study in the medical journal Lancet on Monday indicating the vaccine prompted the production of neutralizing antibodies and a reaction in the body’s T-cells, which help destroy infected cells. The shot caused mild side effects.

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Vaccine search sees progress

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/14/20, 06:42 pm

A vaccine against COVID-19 has successfully boosted patients’ immune systems, researchers said on Tuesday. The 45 early volunteers developed neutralizing antibodies in their bloodstream, the team reported in The New England Journal of Medicine. The National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc. formed a partnership to develop the vaccine. “No matter how you slice this, this is good news,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious disease expert.

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