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FDA Grants Full Approval to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
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FDA Grants Full Approval to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
2021-08-23 14:20:37
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for people 16 and over, making it the first to move beyond emergency use status in the United States. The approval comes as parts... Read More

Parents Excited Over Prospect of Virus Shots for Children
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Parents Excited Over Prospect of Virus Shots for Children

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — After more than a year of fretting over her 13-year son with a rare liver disease, Heather Ousley broke into tears when she learned that he and millions of other youngsters could soon be eligible for... Read More

J&J Vaccine to Remain in Limbo While Officials Seek Evidence
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J&J Vaccine to Remain in Limbo While Officials Seek Evidence

Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine will remain in limbo for a while longer after government health advisers declared Wednesday that they need more evidence to decide if a handful of unusual blood clots were linked to the shot — and... Read More

Biden Says Pause on J&J Shots Shows Gov't Putting Safety 1st
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Biden Says Pause on J&J Shots Shows Gov't Putting Safety 1st

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccination campaign hit a snag when federal regulators recommended a "pause" in administering Johnson & Johnson shots. But the White House portrayed the action as important validation of his measured approach throughout the... Read More

US Recommends 'Pause' for J&J Vaccine Over Clot Reports
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US Recommends 'Pause' for J&J Vaccine Over Clot Reports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is recommending a "pause" in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the... Read More

Biden Moving Vaccine Eligibility Date to April 19
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Biden Moving Vaccine Eligibility Date to April 19

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden was set to announce Tuesday that he is shaving about two weeks off his May 1 deadline for states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines. With states gradually expanding eligibility beyond such... Read More

Fully Vaccinated People Can Safely Visit Others
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Fully Vaccinated People Can Safely Visit Others
2021-03-09 15:18:59
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new set of guidelines for activities those who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can resume. The guidance, according to the CDC, is a first step towards returning... Read More

FDA Clears Single-Shot Vaccine for Use
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FDA Clears Single-Shot Vaccine for Use
2021-03-01 19:32:41
by Daniel Mollenkamp

WASHINGTON - On Saturday, the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency authorization to a third coronavirus vaccine. This vaccine, unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines which received emergency authorizations in December, is a single shot vaccine.  Placebo-controlled, randomized studies of... Read More

Fauci: Whatever Vaccine is Available, Take It
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Fauci: Whatever Vaccine is Available, Take It

WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci says if a coronavirus vaccine is available, regardless of which one, take it. The top U.S. infectious disease expert told NBC on Thursday a third vaccine becoming available “is nothing but good news” and would... Read More

Biden Reframes His Goal on Reopening of Elementary Schools
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Biden Reframes His Goal on Reopening of Elementary Schools

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Joe Biden is promising a majority of elementary schools will be open five days a week by the end of his first 100 days in office, restating his goal after his administration came under fire when... Read More

Blue Dogs Call for Vote on Standalone Bill on COVID Vaccines
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Blue Dogs Call for Vote on Standalone Bill on COVID Vaccines
2021-02-10 16:54:35
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The Blue Dog Coalition is calling for a vote on a standalone bill focused on the vaccine development and distribution portion of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan. In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate... Read More

State Health Officials Ask Congress to Help in COVID-19 Vaccinations
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State Health Officials Ask Congress to Help in COVID-19 Vaccinations
2021-02-03 16:54:09
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Signs of hope are emerging to end the COVID-19 pandemic but they will continue only if the United States speeds up its rate of vaccinations, state health officials told a congressional subcommittee Tuesday. The number of vaccinations administered... Read More

Study: Russia's Sputnik Vaccine Appears Safe, Effective
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Study: Russia's Sputnik Vaccine Appears Safe, Effective

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists say the country's Sputnik V vaccine appears safe and effective against COVID-19, according to early results of an advanced study published in a British medical journal. The news is a boost for the shot that is increasingly... Read More

Spanberger, McKinley Urge HHS to Focus on Community Pharmacies for COVID Vaccine Distribution
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Spanberger, McKinley Urge HHS to Focus on Community Pharmacies for COVID Vaccine Distribution
2021-01-29 20:18:02
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and David McKinley, R-W.Va., are urging the Department of Health and Human Services to place community pharmacists at the lead in the nation's COVID-19 vaccines distribution strategy. In a letter to HHS Acting Secretary... Read More

Johnson & Johnson 1-dose Shot Prevents COVID-19, But Less Than Some Others
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Johnson & Johnson 1-dose Shot Prevents COVID-19, But Less Than Some Others

Johnson & Johnson’s long-awaited vaccine appears to protect against COVID-19 with just one shot – not as strong as some two-shot rivals but still potentially helpful for a world in dire need of more doses. J&J said Friday that in the... Read More

Merck Halts Work on Vaccine, Moderna Delivers 30.4 Million Doses to Feds
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Merck Halts Work on Vaccine, Moderna Delivers 30.4 Million Doses to Feds
2021-01-27 21:42:23
by Daniel Mollenkamp

Merck has withdrawn from the sprint to produce coronavirus vaccines after its two candidates failed to achieve strong results in preliminary trials. The first phase of clinical studies showed that even though the vaccine candidates were "well tolerated" the immune... Read More

US Boosting Vaccine Deliveries Amid Complaints of Shortages
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US Boosting Vaccine Deliveries Amid Complaints of Shortages

Answering growing frustration over vaccine shortages, President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. is ramping up deliveries to hard-pressed states over the next three weeks and expects to provide enough doses to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of... Read More

Biden More Bullish on Vaccines, Open to 1.5M Daily Shot Goal
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Biden More Bullish on Vaccines, Open to 1.5M Daily Shot Goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday appeared to boost his goal for coronavirus vaccinations in his first 100 days in office, suggesting the nation could soon be injecting 1.5 million shots on an average per day. Biden signaled... Read More

Phase 1B: Interest Groups Appeal to States for Access to Coronavirus Vaccine
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Phase 1B: Interest Groups Appeal to States for Access to Coronavirus Vaccine
2021-01-19 17:52:25
by Reece Nations

Interest groups are pleading their cases to state officials in a bid to expedite their constituents’ access to the novel coronavirus vaccine.  Individuals over the age of 70, frontline health care workers, nursing home residents and staff are the first... Read More

Wisconsin Reps. Urge Federal Leadership to Ensure Rural Communities Aren’t Left Behind
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Wisconsin Reps. Urge Federal Leadership to Ensure Rural Communities Aren’t Left Behind
2021-01-15 20:01:26
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON — This week, U.S. Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., and Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., sent a bipartisan letter to Operation Warp Speed leadership urging them to consider the unique challenges of vaccine distribution to rural areas across Wisconsin and take steps... Read More

Expanded Vaccine Rollout in US Spawns a New Set of Problems
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Expanded Vaccine Rollout in US Spawns a New Set of Problems

The rapid expansion of COVID-19 vaccinations to senior citizens across the U.S. has led to bottlenecks, system crashes and hard feelings in many states because of overwhelming demand for the shots. Mississippi's Health Department stopped taking new appointments the same... Read More

Pfizer Study Suggests Vaccine Works Against Virus Variant
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Pfizer Study Suggests Vaccine Works Against Virus Variant

New research suggests that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine can protect against a mutation found in two easier-to-spread variants of the coronavirus that erupted in Britain and South Africa. Those variants are causing global concern. They carry multiple mutations but share one... Read More

Governors Scramble to Speed Vaccine Effort After Slow Start
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Governors Scramble to Speed Vaccine Effort After Slow Start

New York’s governor threatened to fine hospitals if they don't use their allotment of COVID-19 vaccine fast enough. His South Carolina counterpart warned health care workers they have until Jan. 15 to get a shot or move to the back... Read More

Biden Faults Trump for Slow Vaccine Rollout, Pledges Faster Pace
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Biden Faults Trump for Slow Vaccine Rollout, Pledges Faster Pace

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden slammed the slow rollout of the coronavirus vaccine by President Donald Trump’s administration Tuesday, saying the plan was falling “far behind” where it needs to be. “As I long feared and warned, the effort to... Read More

Congressional Staffers Now Eligible to Receive Coronavirus Vaccine
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Congressional Staffers Now Eligible to Receive Coronavirus Vaccine
2020-12-29 21:00:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON -- Two staffers in the office of every House and Senate member on Capitol Hill are now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine, the Office of the Attending Physician announced Monday night. In addition, attending physician Brian Monahan said... Read More

NIH to Study Allergic Reactions Linked to COVID-19 Shots
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NIH to Study Allergic Reactions Linked to COVID-19 Shots

The National Institutes of Health plans to begin a clinical trial that aims to help doctors “predict and manage” allergic reactions related to Pfizer Inc.’s COVID-19 vaccine. Moncef Slaoui, chief scientific adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said during a Monday... Read More

Pfizer, BioNTech COVID Vaccine Wins European Backing
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Pfizer, BioNTech COVID Vaccine Wins European Backing

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine won the backing of the European medicines regulator, clearing the way for inoculations to start before the end of the year as the continent struggles with rising death rates and tighter lockdowns. The... Read More

Panel: People Over 75, Essential Workers Next for Vaccines
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Panel: People Over 75, Essential Workers Next for Vaccines

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal advisory panel recommended Sunday that people 75 and older and essential workers like firefighters, teachers and grocery store workers should be next in line for COVID-19 shots, while a second vaccine began rolling out... Read More

Pelosi, Hoyer, Pence All Receive First Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine
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Pelosi, Hoyer, Pence All Receive First Dose of Coronavirus Vaccine
2020-12-18 20:05:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - High-ranking government officials, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Vice President Mike Pence, began receiving their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine Friday, part of an effort to ensure the continuity of the government and reassure hesitant... Read More

2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Set for OK in US With Panel Endorsement
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2nd COVID-19 Vaccine Set for OK in US With Panel Endorsement

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government advisory panel endorsed a second COVID-19 vaccine Thursday, paving the way for the shot to be added to the U.S. vaccination campaign. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to follow the recommendation for the... Read More

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