Vaccine Effectiveness Drops from 90% to 50% Versus South Africa Variant

Clinical trial data on two COVID-19 vaccines are less protective versus the South Africa coronavirus variant. Novavax reported midstage trial results on Thursday that showed its vaccine was 50% effective overall at preventing COVID-19 among people in South Africa. United Kingdom vaccine results were up to 89.3% effective at preventing COVID-19. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines …

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Is a Two to Three Week Delay on COVID Vaccine Approval Worth It?

The UK has already approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine. This is ahead of the EU and the USA. Everyone knows the Pfizer COVID vaccine will be approved in each of the jurisdictions. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a meeting planned to discuss Pfizer’s data in depth on 10 December. Dr Scott …

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Updating the View of the Post-Pandemic Future

Seven months ago, Nextbigfuture looked at the post pandemic world future as the pandemic was starting. We are now about halfway through the global pandemic. The World Bank’s baseline projection is for a 5.2% global economic contraction. China and several other Asian countries will have positive GDP growth in 2020. The US and many other …

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Moderna COVID Vaccine is 94.5% Effective

Moderna, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA) reported the results of its Phase 3 study of mRNA-1273 has met the statistical criteria pre-specified in the study protocol for efficacy, with a vaccine efficacy of 94.5%. A secondary endpoint analyzed severe cases of COVID-19 and included 11 severe cases (as defined in the study protocol) in this first interim …

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Eli Lilly COVID Antibody Treatment Gets Emergency FDA Authorization

U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Eli Lilly & Companies investigational monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients. Bamlanivimab is authorized for patients with positive results of direct SARS-CoV-2 viral testing who are 12 years of age and older weighing at …

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Pfizer Vaccine 90% Effectiveness is Much Better Than Expected

COVID-19 experts were expecting the first vaccines to only be 60% or 70% effective but phase III Pfizer and Biontech results show 90% effectiveness. Test subjects who received two injections of the vaccine three weeks apart had 90% fewer cases of symptomatic Covid-19 than those who received a placebo. Pfizer and Biontech will file for …

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The Algorithms That Could Help Save The World from COVID-19

Two countries orchestrated a near-perfect response to COVID-19, and artificial intelligence (AI) played a key role. Taiwan’s handling of the pandemic has been outstanding. The country has only 530 confirmed cases, and only 7 deaths since the outbreak. Iceland, too, stands out, with around 3,660 confirmed cases and 10 deaths. While both immediately closed their …

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WHO Doctor Nabarro Says We Must Fight COVID Without Lockdowns

Dr. David Nabarro, World Health Organization special envoy on COVID, is arguing for the middle way to have robust defenses against the virus without using lockdowns as the primary control method. Nabarro says “The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your …

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Trump on Five Days of Remdesivir and Days 7-10 Are Critical in COVID Sickness

The medical team of doctors at Walter Reed gave an update on President Trumps COVID treatment. They said he is on a 5-day course of the drug Remdesivir. Trump is being given a 5-day course of Remdesivir. He was previously given a cocktail of antibodies. Trump first showed symptoms and was diagnosed on October 1. …

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Trump Given Regeneron Antibody Cocktail and Trump is in Hospital

President Trump’s doctor reported that he has been given Regeneron’s antibody cocktail to treat COVID-19. This was a precautionary measure. REGN-COV2 is a combination of two monoclonal antibodies (REGN10933 and REGN10987) and was designed specifically to block infectivity of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. President Trump has been taken to hospital. He is at …

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Trump Has COVID and Many US Leaders Were Exposed

Trump and Melania tested positive for COVID. Many people at the Tuesday debate were exposed. Biden was at the debate. About 20 people were traveling in the presidential helicopter when Hope Hicks first had COVID-19 symptoms. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin was on the helicopter. Mnuchin has been meeting with House Speaker Pelosi. A stock analysis youtuber …

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