Russians are panic-buying medicines amid Western sanctions, boycotts

Enlarge / A woman wearing a face mask leaves a pharmacy in the town of Podolsk some 40 kilometers outside Moscow on November 12, 2021. (credit: Getty | YURI KADOBNOV ) As Western countries continue to ratchet up sanctions and boycotts against Russia, the country’s citizens are panic-buying medicines, such as antidepressants, sleeping pills, and […]

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Murky case for fourth doses now with FDA as protection wanes, BA. 2 looms

Enlarge / The US Food and Drug Administration in Silver Spring, Maryland. (credit: Getty | Xinhua News Agency ) Vaccine-makers Moderna and Pfizer have now both submitted requests for the US Food plus Drug Administration to authorize fourth doses—second boosters—of their COVID-19 vaccines. Pfizer, along with vaccine partner BioNTech, announced Tuesday that they had asked […]

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Pfizer CEO pushes for fourth shots as anxiety over BA.2 subvariant rises

Enlarge / Pfizer Chairman and CEO Dr. Albert Bourla speaks onstage at the 2022 SXSW Conference at JW Marriott Austin on March 14, 2022 in Austin. (credit: Getty | Chris Saucedo) While US health experts closely monitor upticks of COVID-19 cases in Europe as well as the global rise of the omicron subvariant BA.2, Pfizer […]


Mayor Eric Adams just threw a lob to the Nets

Kyrie Irving took a gamble on his health when he began his crusade against New York City’s vaccine mandate. The mandate states that residents cannot enter indoor spaces, such as gyms, if they have not received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson. His stance already caused… […]

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Vaccine makers announce slowdowns for omicron-specific booster

Enlarge / Vials of undiluted Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. (credit: Getty | BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI ) Vaccine makers are pushing back when omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccines could be ready for use. The shots were initially expected in March. Delays in the vaccines’ development come as cases of omicron have been dropping rapidly, and several animal studies have suggested […]

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FDA, Pfizer abandon 2-shot COVID vaccine in kids under 5, citing new data

Enlarge / A child getting a vaccination on February 19, 2021, in Bonn, Germany. (credit: Getty | Ute Grabowsky) The Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer, and BioNTech announced on Friday that they are abandoning plans to pursue the authorization of a two-dose regimen of COVID-19 vaccines for children ages six months to four years. Instead, […]

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Pfizer and Moderna expect seasonal booster shots after omicron wave

Enlarge / EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS – 2022/01/08: A vial containing Moderna COVID-19 booster vaccine at a vaccination centre. (credit: Getty | SOPA Images) As the US weathers record COVID-19 cases from the ultra-transmissible omicron variant, vaccine makers are thinking about future waves—and the shots that could help prevent them. Leading mRNA vaccine makers Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech […]