U.S. parents await results as kids’ COVID-19 vaccine nears approval

In an ideal world, Leah Smithers said she could afford to wait for longer-term testing of the COVID-19 vaccines before getting the jab for her 10-year-old son. But with his … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine effective in children ages 5 to 11, Pfizer says

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward … Read More

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine given full approval by U.S. regulators

The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, a milestone that may help lift public confidence in the shots as the nation battles the most contagious coronavirus … Read More

U.S. will give COVID-19 vaccine boosters to all Americans amid Delta surge

U.S. health officials Wednesday recommended all Americans get COVID-19 booster shots to shore up their protection amid the surging Delta variant and evidence that the vaccines’ effectiveness is falling. The … Read More

COVID-19 vaccine trial data for kids coming by end of year: Pfizer

Pfizer intends to submit data to Health Canada on trials of its COVID-19 vaccine in children under 12 by the end of the year, the company told Global News. In … Read More

AstraZeneca-Pfizer mix provides more antibodies than 2 AstraZeneca doses: study

A mixed vaccination of first AstraZeneca and then a Pfizer COVID-19 shot boosted neutralizing antibody levels by six times compared with two AstraZeneca doses, a study from South Korea showed. … Read More

Canada set to receive 3.7M COVID-19 vaccine doses this week

The federal government is expecting to receive 3.7 million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines this week, bringing the total of COVID-19 vaccine deliveries above 53.7 million doses. The new deliveries … Read More

Mix-and-matching AstraZeneca and Pfizer boosts immune response, study finds

A mixed schedule of vaccines where a shot of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is given four weeks after an AstraZeneca shot will produce better immune responses than giving another dose of … Read More

Some Canadians denied Moderna COVID-19 shots amid Pfizer delays

Canada has approved mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines — but not everyone has been able to get a different second dose. Amid a delay in shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech shots … Read More

Pfizer or Moderna? ‘There’s no better or worse,’ Ontario’s COVID-19 science chief says

Pfizer or Moderna? It’s the COVID-19 vaccine question more and more Canadians are asking themselves as the country adapts to being in the privileged position of having millions of doses … Read More

2 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines more effective than AstraZeneca against Delta variant, data says

Two doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine are more effective against the Delta COVID-19 variant than two doses of the AstraZeneca shot, preliminary observational data suggests. A research letter, published by … Read More

Pfizer to study COVID-19 vaccine in children under 12

Pfizer Inc said on Tuesday it will start a large study to test its COVID-19 vaccine in children below 12 and selected a dosing regime for the trial. The study … Read More

Israel says ‘probable’ link between Pfizer COVID-19 shot, heart inflammation cases

Israel’s Health Ministry said on Tuesday it found the small number of heart inflammation cases observed mainly in young men who received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in Israel were likely linked … Read More

NACI recommends mixing AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines

Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has updated its guidance, recommending that approved COVID-19 vaccines can be safely mixed and matches in most scenarios. Under the new recommendations released … Read More

Canada to receive 2.9M COVID-19 vaccine doses this week from Pfizer, Moderna

Canada is set to receive 2.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this week thanks in large part to an increase in planned deliveries from Pfizer and BioNTech. The two pharmaceutical companies … Read More

Is Pfizer better than Moderna? Experts say no — it’s all about the brand

Kelly Grindrod was confused when she first heard of people leaving COVID-19 vaccine clinics once they realized they’d be getting the Moderna jab — a surprising turn that experts say … Read More

BioNTech vaccine should be up to 75% effective against India COVID-19 variant: CEO

BioNTech SE said on Thursday the COVID-19 vaccine it developed with Pfizer should be roughly as effective against the new coronavirus variant first detected in India as it has been … Read More

Canadian study to look at effects of mixing COVID-19 vaccines

As COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up across the country, a new study in Canada will now look at the safety and effectiveness of mixing and matching different types of shots. Some … Read More

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can now be stored in a fridge for longer, Health Canada says

By Leslie Young Global News Posted May 19, 2021 2:57 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can … Read More

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine can be stored in fridge for a month: E.U. regulator

Europe’s drug regulator on Monday recommended extending the storage time for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at normal fridge temperatures to 31 days from five days, easing logistical challenges during rollouts … Read More

Delaying 2nd Pfizer vaccine dose may protect better against COVID-19: study

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine generates antibody responses three-and-a-half times larger in older people when a second dose is delayed to 12 weeks after the first, a British study said. The study … Read More

Brazil ignored Pfizer’s offers of COVID-19 vaccine for months last year, company says

Pfizer repeatedly offered to sell its COVID-19 vaccine to Brazil’s Health Ministry between August and November last year, but got no answer from the government, Pfizer’s chief executive for Latin … Read More

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine effective at preventing severe outcomes from 2 variants: studies

Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine was found to be extremely effective at preventing severe outcomes — like hospitalization and death — caused by more transmissible or vaccine-resistant variants, according to two recently-published … Read More

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine approved for Canadians 12 and over, Health Canada says

Health Canada is authorizing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents aged 12 to 15, meaning that the jab is now approved for anyone over the age of 12 in Canada. … Read More

Canada set to receive 2M Pfizer doses this week as company ramps up delivery

Canada is set to begin receiving more than two million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine each week as the two pharmaceutical firms ramp up their deliveries and begin shipping shots … Read More

Pfizer to seek Health Canada approval for COVID-19 vaccine use in kids 12-15 within weeks

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is planning to submit the necessary documents to Health Canada “in the next couple of weeks” to seek approval for its COVID-19 vaccine to be used in … Read More

Pfizer, BioNTech ask U.S. to allow COVID-19 vaccine emergency use in adolescents

Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE on Friday asked U.S. regulators to allow the emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 15. The vaccine … Read More

Pfizer requests U.S. emergency use for its COVID-19 vaccine in kids aged 12-15

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech said on Friday they have requested the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expand the emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents aged … Read More

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine protects kids aged 12-15 in trial

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Wednesday their COVID-19 vaccine was safe and effective and produced robust antibody responses in 12-to 15-year olds, paving the way for them to seek … Read More

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is 100% effective in protecting kids aged 12-15 in trial

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Wednesday their COVID-19 vaccine was safe and effective and produced robust antibody responses in 12- to 15-year olds, paving the way for them to … Read More

Hong Kong halts use of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine due to defective packaging

Hong Kong suspended use of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine Wednesday after its Chinese distributor informed the city that one batch had defective bottle lids. The city’s government said the suspension … Read More

Mild, temporary vaccine side effects? That’s a sign they’re working, experts say

Sore arm, fatigue, muscle pain and fever are some of the side effects being reported in those receiving COVID-19 vaccines, and experts say that’s mostly a good thing. Vaccines are … Read More

Canada expecting 1M Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses a week until early May

Canada is getting a better picture of how many COVID-19 vaccines will funnel into the country this spring, with the federal government confirming a significant increase from Pfizer-BioNTech. Prime Minister … Read More

Can COVID-19 vaccines reduce transmission? Here’s what we know so far

If you have received the coveted coronavirus vaccine shot, there is both good and bad news. While there is a high probability you will not get sick with COVID-19, there … Read More

Johnson & Johnson vaccine approved in Canada. How does it compare to the others?

Canada has now approved four different coronavirus vaccines after giving the green light to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 shot. Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose shot joins a growing arsenal of vaccines … Read More

A 3rd dose of Pfizer? Company testing booster of COVID-19 vaccine in new trial

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Thursday they are testing a third dose of their COVID-19 vaccine to better understand the immune response against new variants of the virus. … Read More

COVID-19 vaccines cut risk of severe infection, Scotland study shows 

Scotland’s vaccination drive appears to be markedly reducing the risk of hospitalisation for COVID-19, suggesting that both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca shots are highly effective in preventing severe infections, preliminary … Read More

Leading B.C. doctor says 1 shot of COVID-19 vaccine is good enough — for now

Should Canadian public health officials be keeping second doses of COVID-19 vaccine on ice until all high-risk people get their first shot? It’s a possibility Dr. Danuta Skowronski, epidemiology lead … Read More

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine reduces virus transmission, Israel studies find 

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine greatly reduces virus transmission, two Israeli studies have found, shedding light on one of the biggest questions of the global effort to quash the pandemic. Data analysis … Read More

Here’s where Newfoundland and Labrador’s COVID-19 immunization rollout stands

Newfoundland and Labrador continues vaccinating its first priority groups as it battles the largest COVID-19 outbreak the province has seen since the start of the pandemic. The province is currently … Read More

P.E.I. is vaccinating its first priority groups. Here’s where its rollout stands

Prince Edward Island says it expects to finish immunizing most of its first priority groups by the end of March in the first phase of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Meanwhile, … Read More

New Brunswick revises COVID-19 vaccine plan. Here’s where it stands in the rollout

New Brunswick health officials have announced changes to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, after shipment delays and re-routed doses dented the province’s distribution plan. Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s chief medical … Read More

Here’s where Nova Scotia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout plan stands

Nova Scotia has passed the halfway mark of Phase 1 in its COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan. Following shipment delays and re-routed doses, the province is expecting to receive its largest … Read More

Booster shots, new clinical trials: What the COVID-19 variants could mean for vaccines

In a bid to end the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of coronavirus vaccines were developed in record time last year. Now, new more transmissible variants that have emerged in different … Read More

Japan’s coronavirus vaccine roll-out hampered by shortage of necessary syringes

Fears are growing in Japan, where an inoculation drive against COVID-19 will begin on Wednesday, that millions of doses of Pfizer vaccine could be wasted due to a shortage of … Read More

Ottawa still blocking provinces from ordering vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna: Pallister

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said the federal government’s contracts with key coronavirus vaccine suppliers like Pfizer and Moderna forbid those companies from selling in separate deals to provinces. In an … Read More

Canada to squeeze extra vaccine dose from Pfizer vials. It’s not as easy as it seems

What may seem like a small change, could make a big impact. Health Canada’s approval to get six doses instead of five from Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine vials has been touted … Read More

Parkinson’s disease patients should be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines: experts

People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) should be given priority to get the coronavirus vaccines because they are at a high risk of developing severe illness from COVID-19, some experts say. … Read More

Pfizer vaccine label changes could force Canada into global syringe race

Pfizer and BioNTech will cut back on how many vials of COVID-19 vaccine they send Canada this year if the federal health regulator agrees to change the vaccine label to … Read More

How can we get more vaccines faster? Experts say ‘it’s just not that easy’

With demand for COVID-19 vaccines outpacing the world’s supplies, a frustrated public and policymakers want to know: How can we get more? A lot more. Right away. The problem: “It’s … Read More

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