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Colorado Lt. Governor Gets Flu Shot, Encourages Coloradans To Do The Same

Oct 30 2020

Colorado Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera spent time on Wednesday to encourage all Coloradans to get a flu vaccination. “By getting your flu shot, you can protect yourself, your family, and those in your community who are especially vulnerable to this illness, including older adults, young children, pregnant women, and people with chronic illnesses,” she said. Primavera, her daughter and grandchild received their flu vaccination.

Source: CBS

WHO says Covid vaccine trials are ‘encouraging’ but it’ll take time to ensure it’s safe for everyone

Oct 30 2020

LONDON — The World Health Organization has welcomed updates from developers scrambling to deliver a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, but cautioned it is still “going to take time” before one is widely available. It comes shortly after AstraZeneca said its vaccine candidate against the coronavirus had produced a similar immune response in older and younger adults.

Source: CNBC

New polio vaccine poised to get emergency WHO approval

Oct 30 2020

A vaccine against a type of polio that is spreading in the Southern Hemisphere is expected to receive emergency approval before the end of the year. If it does, it will be the first time the World Health Organization has steered an unlicensed vaccine or drug through its emergency listing process. Wild polio has been almost eradicated. Only two countries — Afghanistan and Pakistan — still report cases. But a version of the virus that arose naturally from the weakened polio virus used in vaccination is increasing,

Source: Nature

A Flu Shot Might Reduce Coronavirus Infections, Early Research Suggests

Oct 30 2020

U.S. health officials are urging Americans to get their flu shots this year in the hopes of thwarting a winter “twindemic”—a situation in which both influenza and COVID-19 spread and sicken the public. But a new study suggests that there could be another key reason to get a flu jab this year: it might reduce your risk of COVID-19. The research, released as a preprint that has not yet been peer-reviewed, indicates that a flu vaccine against the influenza virus may also trigger the body to produce broad infection-fighting molecules that combat the pandemic-causing coronavirus.

Source: Scientific American

Watch: mRNA vaccines face their first test in the fight against Covid-19. How do they work?

Oct 30 2020

Messenger RNA may not be as famous as its cousin, DNA, but it’s having a moment in the spotlight. This crucial intermediary in the protein-making process is now being harnessed by scientists to to try to protect us from disease — including Covid-19. Companies like Moderna and Pfizer are working on mRNA vaccines that allow people to build immunity to viruses like SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. These vaccines contain specifically designed mRNA that instructs cells how to make viral proteins. Find out how mRNA vaccines can trigger immune cells, in this video.

Source: Stat News

UCHealth Looking For Coloradans To Participate In COVID-19 Vaccination Trial

Oct 30 2020

Ideal participants in the AstraZeneca vaccination trial will be essential workers like teachers, first responders, grocery and health care workers. Some trial participants have already been identified and selected. “I was the first one,” said Carrie Hintzman, the first volunteer for UCHealth’s trial. “It may not be for everyone, but for me it was a no-brainer.”

Source: CBS

It may be time to reset expectations on when we’ll get a Covid-19 vaccine

Oct 30 2020

The ambitious drive to produce Covid-19 vaccine at warp speed seems to be running up against reality. We all probably need to reset our expectations about how quickly we’re going to be able to be vaccinated. Pauses in clinical trials to investigate potential safety issues, a slower-than-expected rate of infections among participants in at least one of the trials, and signals that an expert panel advising the Food and Drug Administration may not be comfortable recommending use of vaccines on very limited safety and efficacy data appear to be adding up to a slippage in the estimates of when vaccine will be ready to be deployed.

Source: Stat News

The next vaccine questions

Oct 30 2020

THE NEXT VACCINE QUESTIONS — The CDC’s vaccine panel — the group responsible for nationwide recommendations on all vaccines — meets again Friday to discuss coronavirus vaccines, just over a week since the FDA’s first meeting on the hot topic.

Source: Politico