Public Health

FDA authorizes emergency use of Pfizer-BioNTech booster COVID-19 vaccines for vulnerable populations

While falling short of the full authorization Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE have clamored for, the United States Food and…

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Democratic lawmakers urge White House to expand U.S. vaccine production, distribution globally

In a letter drafted in advance of the COVID-19 international summit being hosted by President Joe Biden, a group of…

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NTI commends Biden for hosting global COVID-19 summit

The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) commended President Joe Biden for hosting a Global COVID-19 Summit and encouraged those participating in…

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US, Pfizer and BioNTech agree to provide extra 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to developing world

Tacking onto President Joe Biden’s call to make the United States an arsenal of vaccines for the world, Pfizer Inc.…

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Data shows J&J COVID-19 booster shot 94 percent effective 2 months after first dose

As more vaccine developers consider the potential of COVID-19 boosters, Johnson & Johnson announced this week that the latest data…

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Over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits focus of $647 million in DoD contracts

Working in concert with the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Defense (DoD) last…

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CDC to provide $2.1 billion from American Rescue Plan to strengthen infection preparation

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) intends to invest $2.1 billion to improve infection prevention and…

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Florida lawmakers urge HHS to reverse decision on monoclonal antibody drug rationing

A group of lawmakers from Florida are encouraging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reverse its decision…

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Bill targets essential medicines ingredients stockpile

A pair of lawmakers have introduced a bill they said seeks to create an emergency supply of key ingredients used…

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COVID-19 Global Vaccination Caucus sees $2 billion for vaccine manufacturing as mere starting point

While buoyed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s advancement of the Build Back Better Act, and the offerings therein,…

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International organizations, vaccine manufacturers agree to intensify vaccine delivery

Leaders of several international organizations including the International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group, the World Health Organization and the World…

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New clinical data shows Moderna COVID-19 vaccine still highly effective against variants

According to new data from clinical trials highlighted by Moderna, Inc. this week, its debut COVID-19 vaccine, mRNA-1273, continues to…

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DOD funds earmarked for additional monoclonal antibodies doses

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company have secured Department of Defense (DOD) contracts to produce additional doses of…

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Maryland lawmakers applaud FEMA grant for public health emergency preparedness

A group of Maryland lawmakers applauded President Joe Biden for granting their request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)…

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Biden plans global COVID response summit as lawmakers call for increased vaccine aid

The Biden administration seeks an international summit on COVID-19 pandemic responses and to form a united global front for vaccination…

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Novavax launches Phase 1/2 trial to chart immunogenicity, safety of combo-COVID-19 and flu vaccine

Novavax, Inc. began enrollment last week of the first participants for a Phase 1/2 clinical trial to assess the safety…

2 weeks ago

Public Health AmeriCorps launched by AmeriCorps and CDC to invest in public health experts

With the COVID-19 pandemic as a constant reminder of the importance of public health efforts, AmeriCorps and the Centers for…

2 weeks ago

Moderna signs multi-year COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing agreement with National Resilience

Under the terms of a new, multi-year agreement reached this week between Moderna and National Resilience, National Resilience will produce…

2 weeks ago

COVAX predicts 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine in first quarter 2022, calls for further support

In its latest Supply Forecast, the multilateral vaccine equity program COVAX announced expectations of 1.425 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines…

2 weeks ago

Caucus targets U.S.-spearheaded global vaccination effort

A group of lawmakers launched the COVID-19 Global Vaccination Caucus, which they said would advocate for vaccines as a means…

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DoD uses option to acquire 200,000 doses of Valneva’s Japanese encephalitis vaccine

As part of a contract signed with Valneva SE last year, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) has decided…

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Argonne National Lab collaborations yield better understanding of SARS-CoV-2 proteins

Thanks to collaborations with commercial and academic research partners alike, the Argonne National Laboratory has published new research showing the…

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Phase 3 trial begins for SK bioscience and GSK COVID-19 vaccine candidate

Approximately 4,000 people from all over the world will be enrolled in a Phase 3 trial of a combined SK…

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DOD awards contracts for COVID-19 test kits and pipette tips

The Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded $194.5 million across two contracts for COVID-19 test kits and pipette tips. The…

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New WHO compendium charts 24 technologies to help low-resource nations with priority diseases

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a compendium this week consisting of 24 innovative health technologies that could be used…

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DOD grants $6.5 million award for polyester-tipped swab production

U.S. Cotton, LLC has secured a $6.5 million Department of Defense (DOD) contract to increase domestic production of polyester-tipped swabs…

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BARDA program seeks to expand development of digital health tools and at-home diagnostic tests

Thinking up ways to better address future public health emergencies, the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority’s (BARDA) Division of…

3 weeks ago

Becerra declares public health emergencies in the wake of Hurricane Ida

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra declared public health emergencies on Monday for Louisiana and Mississippi due to the…

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CDC issues health advisory over risks and mounting illnesses linked to Ivermectin as COVID-19 treatment

Although a United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved prescription medication, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued…

3 weeks ago

NIH begins study of extra COVID-19 vaccine dose effects on people with autoimmune disease

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) began a Phase 2 clinical trial last week to investigate any antibody response generated…

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Phase 3 trial for INOVIO COVID-19 vaccine candidate authorized to proceed in Brazil

INOVIO received the green light for phase three of its INNOVATE Phase 2/3 clinical trial of INO-4800 last week, allowing…

4 weeks ago

Zalgen to supply Lassa Fever antibody testing kits for CEPI study in West Africa

The largest ever Lassa Fever study in West Africa secured the means of testing this week, thanks to a contract…

4 weeks ago

Trial data shows Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 booster shot provides sizeable antibody uptick

New data released by Johnson & Johnson this week showed that using its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine as a booster for…

4 weeks ago

House Republicans press NIH and NIAID for further details on Wuhan Lab biosafety concerns

Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee this week queried the director of the National Institutes of Health…

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