Latest COVID-19 vaccine rollout News

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Sep. 23, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Ad misleads on treaty regulating...

Israel rolls out new omicron-tailored COVID-19 vaccines

Sep. 22, 2022 08:38 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel on Thursday began administering doses of coronavirus vaccines tailored to fight the highly infectious omicron variant as its health authorities urged at-risk groups and those over 65 to get the shot. The rollout of the new vaccine follows Israel's...

EU regulator clears Pfizer-BioNTech's tweaked COVID booster

Sep. 12, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency has recommended the authorization of a tweaked booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine that includes protection against two of the latest versions of omicron, as countries look to bolster their immunization programs ahead of winter. ...

UK to begin rollout of new COVID-19 vaccination campaign

Sep. 03, 2022 10:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. will begin its autumn COVID-19 vaccination campaign in the coming weeks after authorizing booster shots made by Pfizer and Moderna that have been modified to target both the original virus and the widely circulating omicron variant. The Medicines and...

EXPLAINER: Should you get a new COVID booster? If so, when?

Sep. 02, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

John Wherry will wait until later in the fall to consider getting an updated COVID-19 booster. The University of Pennsylvania immunologist knows it's too soon after his shot late this summer, especially since he's not at high risk from the virus. It’s the kind of calculation many...

White House: How about a COVID-19 boost with that flu shot?

Sep. 01, 2022 19:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration hopes to make getting a COVID-19 booster as routine as going in for the yearly flu shot. That’s at the heart of its campaign to sell the newly authorized shot to an American public that has widely rejected COVID-19 boosters since they...

EU regulator clears tweaked versions of COVID vaccines

Sep. 01, 2022 09:36 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The European Medicines Agency has recommended the authorization of two coronavirus vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Inc., tweaked to include protection against an early version of the omicron variant. In a statement on Thursday, the EU drug regulator said...

US clears updated COVID boosters targeting newest variants

Aug. 31, 2022 17:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. on Wednesday authorized its first update to COVID-19 vaccines, booster doses that target today’s most common omicron strain. Shots could begin within days. The move by the Food and Drug Administration tweaks the recipe of shots made by Pfizer and rival...

WHO: New COVID cases, deaths keep falling nearly everywhere

Aug. 31, 2022 12:20 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases and deaths reported globally continued to fall nearly everywhere in the world in what the World Health Organization described as a “welcome decline” at a media briefing on Wednesday. The U.N. health agency said there were 4.5...

Moderna sues Pfizer, BioNTech over COVID-19 vaccine patents

Aug. 26, 2022 17:07 PM EDT

COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna is suing Pfizer and the German drugmaker BioNTech, accusing its main competitors of copying Moderna’s technology in order to make their own vaccine. Moderna said Friday that Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine Comirnaty infringes on patents Moderna filed...