Latest COVID-19 vaccine rollout News

China's bet on homegrown mRNA vaccines holds back nation

May. 24, 2022 21:22 PM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China is trying to navigate its biggest coronavirus outbreak without a tool it could have adopted many months ago, the kind of vaccines that have proven to offer the best protection against the worst outcomes from COVID-19. As early as the spring of 2020 a...

Pfizer says 3 COVID shots protect children under 5

May. 23, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

Three doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine offer strong protection for children younger than 5, the company announced Monday, another step toward shots for the littlest kids possibly beginning in early summer. Pfizer plans to submit the findings to U.S. regulators later this week....

What's next for COVID-19 vaccines for youngest US children

May. 23, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

Parents hoping to get their youngest children vaccinated against COVID-19 got some encouraging news Monday. Pfizer said three small doses of its vaccine offers strong protection to youngsters under 5, according to preliminary data. That news comes a month after Moderna said it would...

CDC urges Pfizer booster for children ages 5 to 11

May. 19, 2022 19:23 PM EDT

Kids ages 5 to 11 should get a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, advisers to the U.S. government said Thursday. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention quickly adopted the panel’s recommendation, opening a third COVID-19 shot to healthy elementary-age kids — just...

WHO clears China's CanSino COVID vaccine for emergency use

May. 19, 2022 08:41 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said Thursday that it has granted an emergency use authorization for the coronavirus vaccine made by China's CanSino Biologics, the 11th such shot to receive the green light. The U.N. health agency said the single-dose CanSino vaccine was...

Germany OKs more COVID-19 vaccine spending for this fall

May. 18, 2022 09:18 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany plans to spend another 830 million euros ($872 million) to buy new coronavirus vaccines that will allow the country to deal with a series of possible variants this fall, the health minister said Wednesday. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said that the...

FDA clears COVID booster shot for healthy kids ages 5 to 11

May. 17, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

U.S. regulators on Tuesday authorized a COVID-19 booster shot for healthy 5- to 11-year-olds, hoping an extra vaccine dose will enhance their protection as infections once again creep upward. Everyone 12 and older already was supposed to get one booster dose for the best protection...

N. Korea reports 6 deaths after admitting COVID-19 outbreak

May. 13, 2022 05:20 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Six people have died and 350,000 have been treated for a fever that has spread “explosively” across North Korea, state media said Friday, a day after the country acknowledged a COVID-19 outbreak for the first time in the pandemic. North Korea likely...

Biden marks COVID 'tragic milestone' in US at global summit

May. 12, 2022 16:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden appealed to world leaders at a COVID-19 summit Thursday to reenergize a lagging international commitment to attacking the virus as he led the U.S. in marking the “tragic milestone” of 1 million deaths in America. He ordered flags lowered to half-staff and...

Pfizer to spend $11.6B on migraine treatment maker Biohaven

May. 10, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

Pfizer is starting to put its COVID-19 cash influx to use by spending $11.6 billion to venture deeper into a new treatment area. The New York vaccine and cancer drug maker said Tuesday it will use cash on hand to buy the remaining portion of migraine treatment developer Biohaven...