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More than 330,000 doses of this particular lot were distributed to 287 health care providers across California earlier this month.(AFP)

California official calls for pausing Moderna vaccine after allergic reactions

ANI, California
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 07:14 PM IST
California's state epidemiologist Dr Erica Pan said "A higher-than-usual number of possible allergic reactions were reported with a specific lot of Moderna vaccine administered at one community vaccination clinic."
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The Moderna vaccine works in a similar way to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that is already being offered by the National Health Service (NHS).(Reuters)
The Moderna vaccine works in a similar way to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that is already being offered by the National Health Service (NHS).(Reuters)

UK approves Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C | London
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 06:10 PM IST
However, supplies of the new jab are not expected to be available until the spring in a few weeks’ time as the UK has pre-ordered 7 million doses.
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A healthcare worker prepares a Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 7, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo
A healthcare worker prepares a Pfizer coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 7, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

Covid-19 vaccination: Second pan-India dry run today, Chinese vaccine found 78% effective in Brazil

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:26 AM IST
Immunisation drives against Covid-19 are currently underway in several countries. Vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech SE and Moderna are being most widely used.
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The US biotech company, which stunned the world last year by coming up with a vaccine against the disease caused by the new coronavirus in just a few weeks, received approval for its shot from the European Commission on Wednesday.(REUTERS)
The US biotech company, which stunned the world last year by coming up with a vaccine against the disease caused by the new coronavirus in just a few weeks, received approval for its shot from the European Commission on Wednesday.(REUTERS)

Moderna CEO says vaccine likely to protect for ‘couple of years’

By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Paris
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 06:07 AM IST
Given vaccines development and pharmacovigilance usually requires years, the protection duration of Covid-19 shots is a lingering question for scientists and regulators.
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Stephane Bancel said it was still not clear how long the antibodies generated by the vaccines would last, but added that it could potentially be a couple of years.(AFP)
Stephane Bancel said it was still not clear how long the antibodies generated by the vaccines would last, but added that it could potentially be a couple of years.(AFP)

Moderna aiming to make up to one billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine this year

By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Paris
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 02:02 PM IST
Moderna’s chief executive Stephane Bancel said Moderna had orders for 500 million doses of its vaccine and could comfortably make at least 600 million doses.
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The United States, Canada and Israel have already approved use of the Moderna vaccine.(REUTERS)
The United States, Canada and Israel have already approved use of the Moderna vaccine.(REUTERS)

EU agency approves Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Amsterdam
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:18 PM IST
The approval recommendation by the European Medicines Agency’s human medicines committee comes amid high rates of infections in many EU countries.
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The medicines authority did not specify at the time why it could not approve the vaccine, but on Tuesday said its experts were “working hard to clarify outstanding issues with the company”.(Reuters file photo)
The medicines authority did not specify at the time why it could not approve the vaccine, but on Tuesday said its experts were “working hard to clarify outstanding issues with the company”.(Reuters file photo)

European drugs authority meets again over Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Amsterdam
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 05:58 PM IST
“The meeting of EMA’s human medicines committee (CHMP) to discuss Covid-19 vaccine Moderna has started,” the regulator said in a tweet. The CHMP called an unscheduled meeting on Monday to discuss Moderna’s vaccine but failed to reach a conclusion.
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Ahead of the meeting on the Moderna vaccine, the agency said in a tweet that its experts were “working hard to clarify all outstanding issues with the company.”(Reuters File Photo)
Ahead of the meeting on the Moderna vaccine, the agency said in a tweet that its experts were “working hard to clarify all outstanding issues with the company.”(Reuters File Photo)

European medicines agency ponders approval for Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

By Associated Press | Posted by Srivatsan K C | Amsterdam
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 01:25 PM IST
The meeting of the European Medicines Agency’s human medicines committee (CHMP) comes amid high rates of infections in many EU countries and strong criticism of the slow pace of vaccinations across the region of some 450 million people.
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FILE PHOTO: An employee shows the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in New York, U.S. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: An employee shows the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in New York, U.S. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

Will produce at least 600 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine in 2021, says Moderna

By Asian News International | Posted by Karan Manral | Washington
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 10:19 AM IST
The US pharmaceutical company had previously announced it would produce 500 million doses of its vaccine in 2021.
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Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and U.K.-based drugmaker AstraZeneca at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, England (Gareth Fuller/Pool via AP)
Doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and U.K.-based drugmaker AstraZeneca at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, England (Gareth Fuller/Pool via AP)

Covid-19: UK begins immunisation drive of second vaccine, Mexico okays Oxford-AstraZeneca candidate

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 08:54 AM IST
Israel has become the third country, after the United States and Canada, to approve Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, the American drugmaker said on Monday.
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FILE PHOTO: An employee shows the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in New York, U.S., December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
FILE PHOTO: An employee shows the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in New York, U.S., December 21, 2020. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

French regulator head expects Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to arrive this week

By Reuters | Posted by Karan Manral | Paris
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 02:44 PM IST
Dominique Le Guludec, head of the Haute Autorite de Sante (HAS), further said that France wanted more information on the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine shot.
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India has few logistics and cold storage chains that can support Pfizer’s requirement for keeping its vaccines at minus 70 degree Celsius, the price too, is a constraint.(AP)
India has few logistics and cold storage chains that can support Pfizer’s requirement for keeping its vaccines at minus 70 degree Celsius, the price too, is a constraint.(AP)

Covid-19 vaccination: Pfizer, Moderna deals hit roadblock

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 01:41 AM IST
According to officials involved in the vaccine administration plan, there are doubts if Pfizer has enough spare capacity to cater to Indian requirements after fulfilling its current commitments with the US, UK, EU, Bahrain, Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.
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The VP-elect also urged people to get vaccinated in their turns and stressed that the vaccination is about saving lives of self, family and the community.(Reuters)
The VP-elect also urged people to get vaccinated in their turns and stressed that the vaccination is about saving lives of self, family and the community.(Reuters)

‘That was easy’: US vice president-elect Kamala Harris gets Moderna Covid-19 vaccine

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 11:20 PM IST
“That was easy!” Harris exclaimed after receiving the shot and thanked the nurse saying that “she barely felt it.” She also thanked UMC for serving the community which she called was “often overlooked.”
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A medical worker receives the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Santa Maria hospital in Lisbon, Portugal, December 28, 2020. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
A medical worker receives the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Santa Maria hospital in Lisbon, Portugal, December 28, 2020. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes

Covid-19 vaccine updates: India likely to decide on first vaccine this week, South Korea seeks Moderna’s candidate

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 09:32 AM IST
On Monday, the United States and Mexico commenced phase 3 trials of the vaccine candidate of Novovax, an American biotech firm.
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It is the first severe reaction publicly linked to Moderna’s vaccine, which is in its first week of a nationwide rollout.(REUTERS)
It is the first severe reaction publicly linked to Moderna’s vaccine, which is in its first week of a nationwide rollout.(REUTERS)

US doctor suffers severe allergic reaction to Moderna vaccine

By Reuters | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 09:12 AM IST
Dr. Hossein Sadrzadeh, a geriatric oncology fellow at Boston Medical Center, said he had a severe reaction almost immediately after being vaccinated, feeling dizzy and with a racing heart, the NYT reported.
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Maria Irene Ramirez receives the first injection with a dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at General Hospital, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Mexico City, Mexico December 24, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Maria Irene Ramirez receives the first injection with a dose of the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine at General Hospital, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Mexico City, Mexico December 24, 2020. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Covid-19 vaccination: From India to Morocco, here’s where some countries stand

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 03:48 PM IST
Vaccination drives against Covid-19 have already commenced in several countries.
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The forward-looking statements made by Moderna are based on current expectations and does not guarantee the success of the vaccine against the new mutated coronavirus.(Reuters file photo)
The forward-looking statements made by Moderna are based on current expectations and does not guarantee the success of the vaccine against the new mutated coronavirus.(Reuters file photo)

Moderna anticipates its Covid-19 vaccine to safeguard against new mutated virus

By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 12:37 PM IST
Based on the data to date, Moderna expects that the vaccine-induced immunity from the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine would be protective against the variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus recently discovered in the UK.
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Canada’s health ministry announced the approval of a second Covid-19 vaccine on its website.(REUTERS)
Canada’s health ministry announced the approval of a second Covid-19 vaccine on its website.(REUTERS)

Canada approves Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine: Health ministry

By Reuters | Posted by Kunal Gaurav | Ottawa
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 09:18 PM IST
Earlier this month Canada gave the green light to Pfizer’s vaccine, which authorities have begun administering to health workers and the elderly.
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Lorries are seen parked on the M20 motorway, as EU countries impose a travel ban from the UK following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, near Ashford.(Reuters)
Lorries are seen parked on the M20 motorway, as EU countries impose a travel ban from the UK following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, near Ashford.(Reuters)

Covid-19: Pfizer, Moderna testing vaccines on new strain

By HT Correspondent | Geneva/ Berlin
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 05:56 AM IST
Both companies are performing tests to see if their vaccines work against the mutated variant.
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Anthony Fauci was among the first employees of the National Institutes of Health to get a Covid-19 vaccine, administered in the same auditorium where he first arrived at the NIH as a fellow 52 years ago(REUTERS)
Anthony Fauci was among the first employees of the National Institutes of Health to get a Covid-19 vaccine, administered in the same auditorium where he first arrived at the NIH as a fellow 52 years ago(REUTERS)

Anthony Fauci, US health secretary Alex Azar receive Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

By Bloomberg | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 10:53 PM IST
Anthony Fauci, who turns 80 on Thursday, noted that he’s getting the vaccine partly because he still sees patients as an attending physician at the NIH Clinical Center, but also to send a message “to the rest of the country that I feel extreme confidence in the safety and the efficacy of this vaccine.”
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A vial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Hartford Hospital, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. Hartford HealthCare was the first in the state to administer the Moderna vaccine. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)(AP)
A vial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine is seen at Hartford Hospital, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. Hartford HealthCare was the first in the state to administer the Moderna vaccine. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)(AP)

Pfizer, Moderna testing their vaccines against UK coronavirus strain

By Asian News International | Posted by Karan Manral | Washington
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 02:37 PM IST
The discovery of a new coronavirus strain in the UK have sent countries scrambling to restrict flights from there.
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States, which are the ones distributing shots to their residents, will use the advisory panel’s guidelines to decide on how to allocate the vaccines while supplies are scarce.(Reuters)
States, which are the ones distributing shots to their residents, will use the advisory panel’s guidelines to decide on how to allocate the vaccines while supplies are scarce.(Reuters)

US asked to prioritize frontline essential workers as distribution of Moderna shots begins

By Reuters | Posted by Prashasti Singh | New York/Chicago
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 09:33 AM IST
The move would make 51 million people eligible to get inoculated in the next round. It was not immediately clear when the next round would begin.
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All hopes are now pinned on vaccines, which the government will use to 250 million people at most risk by the summer of 2021. Five experimental vaccines are in advanced stages of clinical trials in India.(AP Photo)
All hopes are now pinned on vaccines, which the government will use to 250 million people at most risk by the summer of 2021. Five experimental vaccines are in advanced stages of clinical trials in India.(AP Photo)

Eight promising Covid-19 vaccines end year in hope

By Sanchita Sharma | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 04:47 AM IST
The year began with Wuhan health officials reporting a mysterious cluster of pneumonia cases in 27 people to WHO on 31 December 2019, which was followed by scientists in China isolating the new coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) on January 7, and sharing the its genetic sequence on January 11.
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There won’t be enough shots for the general population until spring, so doses will be rationed at least for the next several months.(REUTERS)
There won’t be enough shots for the general population until spring, so doses will be rationed at least for the next several months.(REUTERS)

Second Covid-19 vaccine authorized in US ships out

By Associated Press | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Olive Branch
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 09:26 PM IST
The trucks left the factory in the Memphis area with the vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health.
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The US regulator granted EUA to the vaccine a day after an advisory board of outside experts had cleared it. Its distribution awaits one more clearance, from the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is expected shortly.(via Reuters)
The US regulator granted EUA to the vaccine a day after an advisory board of outside experts had cleared it. Its distribution awaits one more clearance, from the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is expected shortly.(via Reuters)

FDA clears the way for emergency use of Moderna vaccine

By Yashwant Raj and Prasun Sonwalkar | Hindustan Times, Washington/London
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 06:41 AM IST
The Covid-19 vaccine has been authorised for use on people aged 18 years and older, and has joined Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine, already being administered since Monday, on the front lines of the battle against the virus.
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The start of delivery for the Moderna vaccine will significantly widen availability of Covid-19 vaccines as US deaths related to the respiratory virus set records.(Reuters file photo)
The start of delivery for the Moderna vaccine will significantly widen availability of Covid-19 vaccines as US deaths related to the respiratory virus set records.(Reuters file photo)

Moderna, McKesson and US Army general begin rolling out new Covid vaccine

By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | Detroit/Los Angeles
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 11:44 PM IST
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved an emergency use authorization for Moderna’s vaccine, the second Covid-19 vaccine to be approved. The jab developed by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech SE was approved Dec. 11.
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A man receives the first of two Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine jabs, at Guy's Hospital, at the start of the largest ever immunisation programme in the British history, in London, Britain.(REUTERS)
A man receives the first of two Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine jabs, at Guy's Hospital, at the start of the largest ever immunisation programme in the British history, in London, Britain.(REUTERS)

Comparing Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine against Pfizer/BioNTech’s

By Reuters | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | London
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 06:31 PM IST
The following is a comparison of the two vaccines and what to expect as both become available.
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The Jolene hitmaker is no stranger to the world of philanthropy as she has previously funded charities working with AIDS(Twitter)
The Jolene hitmaker is no stranger to the world of philanthropy as she has previously funded charities working with AIDS(Twitter)

‘So proud’: Dolly Parton’s association with Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 12:00 PM IST
Dolly Parton had announced in April that she has donated $1 million to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, after her good friend Dr Naji Abumrad, a professor of surgery at the university, told her about the work researchers were doing to come up with an effective Covid-19 vaccine
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US regulator Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given approval to the Moderna vaccine for emergency use(REUTERS)
US regulator Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given approval to the Moderna vaccine for emergency use(REUTERS)

Covid-19 vaccine update: US approves Moderna candidate, Odisha prepares for inoculation drive

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 09:50 AM IST
US approved of the second vaccine candidate on Friday, the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine has an efficacy rate of 94.1%. Orissa assessed preparedness for inoculation drive. Elsewhere Colombia inked deals with both Pfizer and Moderna for 20 million vaccine doses.
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Vials are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020.(REUTERS/ FILE)
Vials are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020.(REUTERS/ FILE)

Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine is ‘approved’, says Donald Trump; FDA’s nod awaited

By Yashwant Raj | Hindustan Times, Washington, DC
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 06:58 PM IST
The US President’s announcement came even as the country awaited the Moderna vaccine’s formal authorisation by the US Food and Drug Agency (FDA)
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