AstraZeneca Vaccine Speeds U.K. Effort to Reach Nursing Homes

LONDON—The coronavirus has torn through nursing homes in the U.K., as it has in the U.S., taking tens of thousands of lives. Now, the U.K. hopes it is turning the tide, thanks to a homegrown vaccine that has yet to be authorized elsewhere in the West. More than four million of the most at-risk people…Continue Reading

UK to look ‘carefully’ at vaccine dosing but Vallance plays down concerns over protection

The UK will need to look “very carefully” at new data from Israel which suggests protection provided by the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is lower than had been found in trials, the government’s chief scientific adviser has told Sky News.Sir Patrick Vallance said the government would “just need to keep measuring the numbers”…Continue Reading

France, Once a Vaccine Pioneer, Is Top Skeptic in Covid-19 Pandemic

Audrey Courreges’s mistrust of new coronavirus vaccines runs so deep that she’s told the nursing home where she works, in the southern French town of Beziers, that she won’t take the vaccinations or administer them. “I have a brain. I’m capable of forming my own ideas,” the 33-year-old nurse says. “There is some mistrust of…Continue Reading

Europe vaccine rollout shifts up a gear as supply worries linger

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain France and Russia prepared to beef up their coronavirus inoculation programmes from next week, even as authorities on Sunday sought to allay concerns about supplies of the vaccines while the global pandemic shows no sign of being brought under control. With infections surging past 94 million and more than two million…Continue Reading

Vaccine skepticism hurts East European anti-virus efforts

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Vaccines from the West, Russia or China? Or none at all? That dilemma faces nations in southeastern Europe, where coronavirus vaccination campaigns are off to a slow start — overshadowed by heated political debates and conspiracy theories.In countries like the Czech Republic, Serbia, Bosnia, Romania and Bulgaria, vaccine skeptics have included…Continue Reading

U.S. COVID Vaccine Rollout ‘Extremely Poor’—But Some States Buck the Trend

The effort to get Americans vaccinated has been “extremely poor” and hampered by avoidable setbacks, experts have told Newsweek. However, some states, like West Virginia and North Dakota, have emerged as relative outliers as the country struggles to hit targets.Thanks in part to Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s COVID vaccine and treatment funding program,…Continue Reading

In coronavirus vaccine drive, Deep South falls behind

In this Jan. 12, 2021, file photo, Walgreens pharmacist Chris McLaurin prepares to vaccinate Lakandra McNealy, a Harmony Court Assisted Living employee, with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Jackson, Miss. The coronavirus vaccines have been rolled out unevenly across the U.S., but some states in the Deep South have had particularly dismal inoculation rates. (AP…Continue Reading

Israeli Vaccine Data Suggests Decrease in Covid-19 Infection Rate

TEL AVIV—Early data from Israel suggests Covid-19 infection rates began to decrease among a group of vaccine recipients two weeks after they received the first shot of Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE ’s vaccine, offering important insights to other countries as they roll out their own campaigns. The small country—whose roughly nine million population is…Continue Reading