Remdesivir doesn’t help COVID-19 patients recover, WHO study says

GENEVA — A large study led by the World Health Organization suggests that the antiviral drug remdesivir did not help hospitalized COVID-19 patients, in contrast to an earlier study that … Read More

Coronavirus vaccine: Pfizer may ask for emergency approval in late November

Pfizer said on Friday it may file for authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine it is developing with German partner BioNTech in late November, making it unlikely a vaccine will be … Read More

Eli Lilly to resume some coronavirus antibody-drug trials after safety concerns

Eli Lilly & Co on Wednesday said that other trials of its experimental COVID-19 antibody-drug will continue apace after it paused one ongoing trial of the drug, citing safety concerns. … Read More

World Bank approves $12 billion to fund coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments

The World Bank has approved $12 billion in financing to help developing countries buy and distribute coronavirus vaccines, tests, and treatments, aiming to support the vaccination of up to 1 … Read More

Facebook says it will ban advertisements discouraging public from getting vaccinated

Facebook Inc will start banning ads that explicitly discourage people from getting vaccinated, the world’s largest social media company said on Tuesday, as it also announced a new flu vaccine information campaign. Ads advocating for or against legislation or … Read More

Cases of coronavirus reinfection raise concerns over immunity

The case of a man in the United States infected twice with COVID-19 shows there is much yet to learn about immune responses and also raises questions over vaccination, scientists … Read More

Coronavirus vaccine trials: Pfizer to include participants as young as 12

Pfizer Inc will enroll participants as young as 12 in its large, late-stage COVID-19 vaccine trial to understand how it works in a wider age group. Read more: White House blocks new … Read More

Johnson & Johnson pauses coronavirus vaccine trials after ‘unexplained illness’

Johnson & Johnson has temporarily paused its clinical trials for a potential novel coronavirus vaccine after an “unexplained illness” in a study participant, the company said Monday. In a statement … Read More

U.S. official expects coronavirus vaccine to arrive in January, contradicting Trump

A Trump administration official leading the response to the coronavirus pandemic says the U.S. can expect delivery of a vaccine starting in January 2021, despite statements from the president that inoculations could … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine remains months away but officials look to speed up approval process

OTTAWA — Health Canada is in talks with all of the vaccine developers that signed supply deals with the federal government to kick-start the approval process and get COVID-19 vaccines … Read More

White House blocks new coronavirus vaccine guidelines that would delay approval

The White House has blocked new Food and Drug Administration guidelines on bringing potential vaccines for COVID-19 to market that would almost certainly have prevented their approval before the Nov. … Read More

Canada begins review of Oxford coronavirus vaccine candidate

OTTAWA – Canada launched on Friday a real-time review of data from AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s potential COVID-19 vaccine, the latest nation to take steps to speed up the approval process as … Read More

Scientist behind Russia coronavirus vaccine defends ‘wartime’ rollout during trial

Russia plans to share preliminary results of its COVID-19 vaccine trial based on the first six weeks of monitoring participants, raising the tempo in an already frenzied global race to … Read More

Freeland says she’s confident coronavirus defeat ‘is not years away’

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, who was appointed Minister of Finance in August when Bill Morneau resigned, said she is confident the coronavirus will be defeated and that it won’t … Read More

Chinese officials push use of emergency coronavirus vaccine despite concerns

After the first shot, he had no reaction. But Kan Chai felt woozy following the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use in China. “When I was … Read More

China says WHO supported early use of coronavirus vaccine candidate outside of trials

The World Health Organization supported China’s campaign to vaccinate certain people against coronavirus in July while clinical trials were still under way, a Chinese health official said on Friday, although … Read More

Political intervention over rapid test demands would be ‘dangerous’: Freeland

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says she understands the swelling attention being focused on rapid coronavirus tests as a way to reduce long wait times at many testing centres across … Read More

Canadians can now see conflicts of interest declared by COVID-19 vaccine task force

The conflict of interest disclosures made by members of the government’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force are now available for the Canadian public as the country continues to battle the coronavirus … Read More

Canada to join global coronavirus vaccine procurement program

The Canadian government will sign on to a global vaccine procurement program and by week’s end hopes to announce how much money it will pledge to the cause. Procurement Minister … Read More

Canada signs deal with VBI Vaccines to develop coronavirus candidate by 2022

VBI Vaccines Inc said on Monday it had entered into an agreement with Canada to develop a potential vaccine for COVID-19 by 2022 through mid-stage trials conducted exclusively in the … Read More

Task force worries Trump’s rush to approve COVID-19 vaccine will cause concern in Canada

Members of the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine task force are casting worried eyes at the Trump administration’s political push to get a vaccine approved before the U.S. presidential election in … Read More

U.S. releases plan to provide free coronavirus vaccine

The United States outlined a sweeping plan Wednesday to make vaccines for COVID-19 available for free to all Americans, even as polls show a strong undercurrent of skepticism rippling across … Read More

Scientists from 5 countries question accuracy of Russia coronavirus vaccine data

A group of scientists sent a formal letter to the Lancet on Monday outlining doubts about the accuracy of early data on Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine, one of the authors said, … Read More

Ottawa must secure rapid test kits, Oxford vaccine for Canadians: expert

The federal government needs to do more to secure access to rapid, at-home coronavirus test kits and the vaccine candidate being developed at the University of Oxford for Canadians, says … Read More

AstraZeneca to resume coronavirus vaccine trial after unexplained illness in U.K.

Clinical trials testing a potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford are set to resume after a six-day pause due to “potentially unexplained illness” in the … Read More

Canada accused of coronavirus vaccine ‘nationalism’ by health experts

More than 100 Canadian heath and policy experts say the federal government has succumbed to “vaccine nationalism” because it has pre-purchased tens of millions of vaccine doses from private companies. … Read More

AstraZeneca pausing coronavirus vaccine trial after neurological symptoms found

A woman who received an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed severe neurological symptoms that prompted a pause in testing, a spokesman for drugmaker AstraZeneca said Thursday. The study participant in late-stage … Read More

AstraZeneca expects coronavirus vaccine result by year-end if trials resume soon

AstraZeneca should still know by year-end whether its experimental vaccine protects people against coronavirus, as long as it is cleared to resume trials soon, its chief executive said on Thursday … Read More

Why a pause on AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine trial isn’t entirely bad news

The world is waiting with bated breath for a coronavirus vaccine. So when AstraZeneca, a frontrunner in Phase 3 of global trials, unexpectedly hit pause on its study due to … Read More

The importance of Phase 3 trials for a coronavirus vaccine — and why it can’t be rushed

The race to find a coronavirus vaccine continues as pharmaceutical companies and governments around the world continue to conduct clinical trials — and many of them are reaching the critical … Read More

9 drugmaker executives testing coronavirus vaccines pledge safety, high standards

The top executives of nine drugmakers likely to produce the first vaccines against the new coronavirus signed an unprecedented pledge meant to boost public confidence in any approved vaccines. The … Read More

China coronavirus vaccine candidate appears safe for older people: preliminary results

Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech Ltd said on Monday its coronavirus vaccine candidate appeared to be safe for older people, according to preliminary results from an early to mid-stage trial, while … Read More

Australia expects to receive doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine early next year

SYDNEY- Australia expects to receive its first batches of a potential COVID-19 vaccine in January, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, as the number of new daily infections in … Read More

Orders for flu shots up as Canada fears simultaneous COVID-19, flu infections

Pamela Hardy will be getting her 11-year-old twins vaccinated against flu as soon as an immunization program begins but she’s worried about how public health officials will deal with any … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine task force members have declared 18 conflicts of interests so far

Members of the government’s task force advising on the hunt for a coronavirus vaccine have recused themselves from discussions 18 times over potential conflicts of interest since June. But unlike … Read More

Moderna to add at-risk minorities in coronavirus vaccine trials, may slow timeline

Moderna Inc has been asking sites that are conducting clinical trials of its experimental coronavirus vaccine to focus on enrolling at-risk minorities, even if that slows down the trial speed, the company … Read More

Brazil’s Bolsonaro under fire for not pushing mandatory coronavirus vaccine

Critics of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro are again speaking out against the leader’s stance on the coronavirus pandemic, this time rejecting his view that vaccination for the virus shouldn’t be … Read More

No coronavirus vaccine will get endorsement unless proven safe, WHO says

LONDON — The head of the World Health Organization said the U.N. health agency will not recommend any COVID-19 vaccine before it is proved safe and effective, even as Russia … Read More

U.S. should prepare for coronavirus vaccine distribution by Nov. 1, CDC says

The federal government has told states to prepare for a coronavirus vaccine to be ready to distribute by Nov. 1. The timeline raised concern among public health experts about an … Read More

White House pushes back on WHO criticism that U.S. coronavirus vaccine moving too quickly

The White House pushed back on concerns expressed by the World Health Organization (WHO) after a U.S. health official said a coronavirus vaccine might be authorized for use without completing … Read More

Study finds coronavirus antibodies last months, offering hope for vaccine efficacy

Antibodies that people make to fight the new coronavirus last for at least four months after diagnosis and do not fade quickly as some earlier reports suggested, scientists have found. … Read More

Coronavirus vaccine will need high uptake for life to shift toward normal: officials

Canadians will need to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated in large numbers to finally corral COVID-19 before life can return to a semblance of its pre-pandemic state, Canada’s … Read More

Brazil’s leader Bolsonaro says no one will be forced to take coronavirus vaccine

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has consistently downplayed the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, said on Monday that nobody will be forced to have the vaccine against the pandemic once … Read More

Moving ‘too quickly’ on coronavirus vaccine comes with risks: WHO

GENEVA — The emergency authorization of COVID-19 vaccines requires a “great deal of seriousness and reflection,” the World Health Organization said on Monday after the United States announced it was … Read More

Canada to secure up to 76 million coronavirus vaccine doses from Novavax

Novavax Inc. says it has reached an agreement with the Canadian government to supply up to 76 million doses of its possible vaccine for COVID-19. The company announced the agreement … Read More

Canada secures 2 new deals for possible COVID-19 vaccines

Canada has inked two additional deals with companies working on a possible vaccine for COVID-19. The two agreements include 76 million doses of Novavax Inc.’s vaccine candidate and 38 million … Read More

Canada’s top doctor ‘optimistic’ after Canada-China vaccine partnership collapses

In the aftermath of the collapse of a multimillion-dollar coronavirus vaccine collaboration between Canada and China, Canada’s chief public health officer says she is optimistic about advance purchase deals made … Read More

Canadians could join clinical trials for new COVID-19 vaccine, says researcher

A Hamilton infectious disease doctor says Canadians may soon be a part of a clinical trial for a new coronavirus vaccine being developed overseas. Dr. Mark Loeb, a professor at … Read More

Two people in Europe reinfected with coronavirus months after 1st illness

Two European patients are confirmed to have been re-infected with the coronavirus, raising concerns about people’s immunity to the virus as the world struggles to tame the pandemic. The cases, … Read More

1st coronavirus reinfection case reported by researchers in Hong Kong

A Hong Kong man who recovered from COVID-19 was infected again four-and-a-half months later in the first documented instance of human re-infection, researchers at the University of Hong Kong said … Read More

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