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Pfizer will start testing its coronavirus vaccine on children as young as 12, a crucial step to bringing the shot to more people

Oct 15 2020

Pfizer is setting plans to make its coronavirus vaccine available to more groups of people, should the pharma company prove that the shot works to prevent the virus. On Monday, the company said on its website that it got approval from regulators to expand a trial of the shot to include children as young as 12, becoming the first major drugmaker to open a coronavirus vaccine trial to kids. A Pfizer spokesperson said it also got permission to expand the study to include as many as 48,400 volunteers, 10% larger than the previous cap.

Source: Business Insider

Facing Many Unknowns, States Rush To Plan Distribution Of COVID-19 Vaccines

Oct 15 2020

Even the most effective, safest coronavirus vaccine won't work to curb the spread of the virus unless a large number of people get immunized. And getting a vaccine from the manufacturers all the way into people's arms requires complex logistics — and will take many months. Now, public health officers across the country are rushing to finish up the first draft of plans for how to distribute a coronavirus vaccine if and when it is authorized, and they're grappling with a host of unknowns as they try to design a system for getting the vaccine out to everyone who wants it.

Source: NPR

Eli Lilly and Johnson & Johnson have paused COVID-19 vaccine trials. Why experts say that's reassuring, not frightening

Oct 15 2020

Pauses to two large-scale COVID-19 vaccine trials and a treatment study should reassure people, not frighten them, vaccine experts said, though they are a reminder of the messiness of science. “This is an indication that the system is working as it was designed to work to protect human subjects in clinical trials,” Lawrence Gostin, a public health and legal expert at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins universities, said Tuesday. “It demonstrates that the ethical guardrails on vaccine trials are working.”

Source: USA Today

She Hunts Viral Rumors About Real Viruses

Oct 15 2020

In late September, Heidi Larson, an anthropologist and the founder of the Vaccine Confidence Project in London, sat on a Zoom call with the project team for Verified, a United Nations-led group that is working to combat a rising tide of misinformation about potential vaccines for Covid-19.

Source: NYT

YouTube will remove videos with COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Oct 14 2020

Videos containing COVID-19 vaccine misinformation will be removed from YouTube, the platform announced today. Content about a vaccine that contradicts information from health experts or the World Health Organization won’t be permitted. “A COVID-19 vaccine may be imminent, therefore we’re ensuring we have the right policies in place to be able to remove misinformation related to a COVID-19 vaccine,” Farshad Shadloo, a YouTube spokesman, said in an email. That could include false claims that vaccines implant microchips in people’s bodies, for example, or that they cause infertility. Both rumors are untrue.

Source: The Verge

It's Tough to Change the Minds of 'Vaccine-Hesitant' Parents, Study Finds

Oct 14 2020

The study involved "vaccine-hesitant" parents -- a group distinct from the staunch "anti-vaxxer" crowd. They have worries about one or more routine vaccines, and question whether the benefits for their child are worthwhile. Even though those parents are not "adamantly" opposed to vaccinations, it can still be hard for pediatricians to allay their concerns, said Jason Glanz, lead researcher on the study.

Source: US News

Colorado unveils draft plan for who will get a coronavirus vaccine first

Oct 09 2020

A fter months of discussion, state health leaders on Thursday unveiled a draft plan for who will be first in line for a coronavirus vaccine when one likely becomes available in scant quantities toward the end of this year or early next year. Though several vaccine candidates have entered the final stage of clinical trials, there likely won’t be enough supply of any of them to vaccinate all Coloradans for months after they have been approved. So states, working with the federal government, must come up with plans for whom to prioritize.

Source: Colorado Sun