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January 2, 2021
China OKs 1st homegrown vaccine said to be 79.3% effective

BEIJING (AP)  Chinese health regulators said Thursday that they have given conditional approval to a coronavirus vaccine developed by state-owned Sinopharm. The two-dose vaccine is the first approved for general use in China. The go-ahead comes as the country has begun to vaccinate 50 million people before the Lunar New Year holiday in February. Conditional […]

December 26, 2020
Studies find having COVID-19 may protect against reinfection

By Marilynn MarchioneAP Chief Medical Writer Two new studies give encouraging evidence that having COVID-19 may offer some protection against future infections. Researchers found that people who made antibodies to the coronavirus were much less likely to test positive again for up to six months and maybe longer. The results bode well for vaccines, which […]

December 19, 2020
Will children be able to get COVID-19 vaccines?

Will children be able to get COVID-19 vaccines? Not until there’s enough data from studies in different age groups, which will stretch well into next year. The Pfizer vaccine authorized in the U.S. this month is for people 16 and older. Testing began in October in children as young as 12 and is expected to […]

December 12, 2020
Fewer Black kids getting flu shots, worrying CDC officials

NEW YORK (AP) More Americans have been getting flu shots this year, apparently heeding the advice of health officials fearful of a flu and coronavirus double pandemic, public health officials said Wednesday. But the flu vaccination rate for Black children is down, fueling worries that Black Americans may be turning away from shots. “It’s certainly […]

December 12, 2020
Allergic reactions to vaccines rare, short-lived

Vaccines can sometimes cause allergic reactions, but they are usually rare and short-lived. British regulators are looking into reports of allergic reactions in two people who received the new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, the first day of a vaccination program. In the meantime, they’re telling people to skip the vaccine if they’ve had a history […]

December 5, 2020
Stay home for the holidays or get tested twice, CDC urges

By Lindsey TannerAP Medical Writer Don’t travel over the upcoming holidays. But if you must, consider getting coronavirus tests before and after, U.S. health officials urged Wednesday. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the best way to stay safe and protect others is to stay home. The agency also announced new […]

November 28, 2020
EU says first virus vaccinations possible by Christmas

BRUSSELS (AP)  Vaccinations against the coronavirus could start in the 27 European Union nations by Christmas and member countries must urgently prepare their logistical chains to cope with the rollout of hundreds of millions of doses of the vaccines, according to a top EU official. Hailing the likelihood that “there’s finally light at the end […]

November 21, 2020
FDA allows 1st rapid virus test that gives results at home

By Matthew PerroneAP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP)  U.S. regulators on Tuesday allowed emergency use of the first rapid coronavirus test that can be performed and developed entirely at home. The announcement by the Food and Drug Administration represents an important step in U.S. efforts to expand testing options for COVID-19 beyond health care facilities and […]

November 14, 2020
Fever, symptom screening misses many coronavirus cases

By Marilynn MarchioneAP Chief Medical Writer Temperature and COVID-19 symptom checks like the ones used at schools and doctor’s offices have again proved inadequate for spotting coronavirus infections and preventing outbreaks. A study of Marine recruits found that despite these measures and strict quarantines before they started training, the recruits spread the virus to others […]

November 7, 2020
More Americans on diets from a decade ago, report finds

By Candice ChoiAssociated Press NEW YORK (AP) If it seems like more and more people are on diets these days, you might not be imagining it. A higher percentage of Americans said they’re on a special diet to lose weight or for other health reasons compared with a decade ago, according to a report Tuesday […]

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