The Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine’s booster (third) dose for people aged 65 and above, and those who are at high risk of developing severe illness. Meanwhile, Moderna has submitted data on its booster dose, and Johnson & Johnson is planning to do the same.
A new study from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, has shown that hypertonic saline solution (sodium chloride) inhibits the replication of SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The study, published in ACS Pharmacology & Translational Science, found that 1.5% sodium chloride completely inhibited the viral replication.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has now killed more Americans than the 1918-19 Spanish flu, which took around 675,000 lives. COVID-19 has taken more than 694,000 American lives. However, experts believe that vaccination could help us tackle the ongoing pandemic.
A new study has found that allergic reactions to mRNA-based vaccines, such as that of Pfizer and Moderna, are rare, typically mild, and more importantly, treatable. The study found that most participants developed allergic reactions to an ingredient that stabilizes the vaccine.
A new CDC study has found that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has a slight edge over the Pfizer vaccine when it comes to offering protection against hospitalization. The study found that the Moderna vaccine showed 93% efficacy against hospitalization, while Pfizer showed 88% and the J&J vaccine showed 68% efficacy.
Some women have reported small changes in the menstrual cycle after receiving the COVID-19 vaccines, according to Herald Sun. However, experts say that there is no scientific evidence to support the link between period irregularities and COVID vaccines, calling for more research.
The Indian government is seeking full support from other nations to ramp up generic drug manufacturing and vaccine production. It has also teamed up with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to produce medical products to treat COVID-19 infection.