Latest COVID-19 vaccine rollout News

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...

FDA restricts J&J's COVID-19 vaccine due to blood clot risk

May. 06, 2022 00:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Thursday strictly limited who can receive Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine due to the ongoing risk of rare but serious blood clots. The Food and Drug Administration said the shot should only be given to adults who cannot receive a...

Moderna Q1 profit triples on robust COVID vaccine sales

May. 04, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

COVID-19 vaccine sales helped Moderna triple its net income in a better-than-expected first quarter. The vaccine maker said Wednesday that revenue from its coronavirus preventive shots jumped to $5.92 billion from $1.73 billion in last year’s quarter, when the vaccines were...

Pfizer profit soars in first quarter, revises 2022 forecast

May. 03, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

COVID-19 vaccine and treatment sales helped Pfizer breeze past Wall Street's first-quarter expectations, as the drugmaker's profit grew 61%. The coronavirus vaccine Comirnaty brought in more than $13 billion in sales in the quarter, and the company is still trying to expand the...

Pfizer hopes to submit little-kid vaccine data by early June

May. 03, 2022 13:23 PM EDT

Pfizer now hopes to tell U.S. regulators how well its COVID-19 vaccine works in the littlest kids by late May or early June. Pfizer is testing three extra-small doses of its vaccine in children under 5 after two shots didn't prove quite strong enough. Initial results had been...

FDA sets June meetings on COVID vaccines for youngest kids

Apr. 29, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday set tentative dates in June to publicly review COVID-19 vaccines for the youngest American children, typically the final step before authorizing the shots. The meeting announcement follows months of frustration from...