FDA Releases High Coronavirus Vaccine Standards Despite White House Resistance
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FDA Releases High Coronavirus Vaccine Standards Despite White House Resistance

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration issued long-awaited guidance Tuesday on the data it expects from drug companies seeking emergency authorization of COVID-19 vaccines, rejecting White House pressure for lower standards intended to push out vaccines quickly. The 18-page... Read More

Medical Community Warns Congress About Politicizing Vaccine Development
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Medical Community Warns Congress About Politicizing Vaccine Development
2020-09-30 20:40:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional committee sought assurances from medical experts Wednesday that the COVID-19 vaccines pharmaceutical companies plan to distribute soon will protect the public from the disease. Lawmakers were concerned that political pressure would force the companies to sacrifice... Read More

These Secret Safety Panels Will Pick the COVID Vaccine Winners
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These Secret Safety Panels Will Pick the COVID Vaccine Winners

Most Americans have never heard of Dr. Richard Whitley, an expert in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Yet as the coronavirus pandemic drags on and the public eagerly awaits a vaccine, he may well be among the... Read More

Fauci to FDA: ‘I Got Your Back’ on COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Standards
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Fauci to FDA: ‘I Got Your Back’ on COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Standards

ATLANTA — The federal government’s top infectious disease official attempted to reassure the public Thursday that he’ll support safety standards set by federal officials for any COVID-19 vaccines and their work won’t be swayed by politics. “If (U.S. Food and... Read More

Signs of an ‘October Vaccine Surprise’ Alarm Career Scientists
2020 Elections
Signs of an ‘October Vaccine Surprise’ Alarm Career Scientists

President Donald Trump, who seems intent on announcing a COVID-19 vaccine before Election Day, could legally authorize a vaccine over the objections of experts, officials at the Food and Drug Administration and even vaccine manufacturers, who have pledged not to... Read More

Trump Rebukes CDC Chief for His Cautions on a Coronavirus Vaccine and Masks
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Trump Rebukes CDC Chief for His Cautions on a Coronavirus Vaccine and Masks

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump contradicted one of his administration’s top scientists and announced Wednesday that widespread distribution of a coronavirus vaccine would begin as early as next month, further rattling the scientific and public health communities and stoking rival... Read More

Mall Santas Could Be Among First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
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Mall Santas Could Be Among First to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
2020-09-01 19:00:17
by Dan McCue

If there is a COVID-19 vaccine by Christmas, Santa Claus -- and his fellow frontline seasonal workers -- could be among the first to receive it. After appearing before the Centers for Disease Control Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices last... Read More

Most Americans Want Health Care Workers, Seniors Prioritized When Coronavirus Vaccine Comes
Opinion Polls
Most Americans Want Health Care Workers, Seniors Prioritized When Coronavirus Vaccine Comes
2020-08-26 15:10:33
by Reece Nations

A new Harris poll found 69% of its respondents would support a priority system – particularly for workers in the health care sector and seniors – for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the United States. By comparison, 31% of respondents indicated... Read More

Results from COVID-19 Vaccine Trial May Be Ready by November, Health Officials Say
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Results from COVID-19 Vaccine Trial May Be Ready by November, Health Officials Say

WASHINGTON — An experimental COVID-19 vaccine being developed by the National Institutes of Health and biotech company Moderna, Inc., might have results by November or sooner, the federal government’s top infectious disease scientist, Anthony Fauci, said Monday. The public-private partnership... Read More

Trump’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Aims to Rush Coronavirus Vaccine
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Trump’s ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Aims to Rush Coronavirus Vaccine

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is quietly organizing a Manhattan Project-style effort to drastically cut the time needed to develop a coronavirus vaccine, with a goal to have 100 million doses ready by year’s end, according to two people familiar... Read More

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