Latest COVID-19 vaccine rollout News

Canada to throw out 13.6M doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

Jul. 05, 2022 20:33 PM EDT

OTTAWA (AP) — Canada is going to throw out about 13.6 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine because it couldn’t find any takers for it either at home or abroad. Canada signed a contract with AstraZeneca in 2020 to get 20 million doses of its vaccine, and 2.3...

Tweaked COVID boosters in US must target newer omicron types

Jun. 30, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

U.S. regulators told COVID-19 vaccine makers Thursday that any booster shots tweaked for the fall will have to add protection against the newest omicron relatives. The Food and Drug Administration said the original vaccines would be used for anyone still getting their first series of...

US buys 105 million COVID vaccine doses for fall campaign

Jun. 29, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials said Wednesday they have agreed to purchase another 105 million doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine in anticipation of a fall booster campaign. The $3.2 billion deal announced by the Biden administration comes as federal scientists consider...

Elmo, 3, joins youngest Americans in getting vaccinated

Jun. 29, 2022 17:25 PM EDT

V is for vaccine. Elmo got a COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, according to Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street." In a public service announcement posted to YouTube, the beloved 3-and-a-half-year-old “Sesame Street” star talked...

South Korea approves first homemade COVID-19 vaccine

Jun. 29, 2022 03:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Health officials in South Korea on Wednesday approved the country's first domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 years or older, adding another public health tool in the fight against a prolonged pandemic. In clinical trials involving some...

FDA advisers recommend updating COVID booster shots for fall

Jun. 28, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

Some U.S. adults are a step closer to getting updated COVID-19 boosters this fall, as government advisers voted Tuesday that it’s time to tweak shots to better match the most recent virus variants. The Food and Drug Administration will have to decide the exact recipe but expect a...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Jun. 27, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

Detroit Free Press. June 24, 2022. Editorial: Supreme Court ruling would make abortion illegal in Michigan. Voters can fix it. In a 6-3 ruling Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its decision in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that granted American women the...

Pfizer says tweaked COVID-19 shots boost omicron protection

Jun. 25, 2022 10:28 AM EDT

Pfizer announced Saturday that tweaking its COVID-19 vaccine to better target the omicron variant is safe and works — just days before regulators debate whether to offer Americans updated booster shots this fall. The vaccines currently used in the U.S. still offer strong protection...

Experts endorse Moderna COVID-19 shots for kids ages 6 to 17

Jun. 23, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An expert panel backed a second COVID-19 vaccine option for kids ages 6 to 17 Thursday. Advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously to recommend Moderna shots as an option for school-age kids and adolescents. This group has...

COVID cases rise in Southeast Asia, Middle East and Europe

Jun. 22, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases rose in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe last week, while the number of deaths globally dropped by 16%, according to the World Health Organization's latest weekly pandemic report issued Wednesday. The WHO said there were...