Covid Vaccine NewsWatch

Dr. Tal Zaks, the chief medical officer at Moderna Inc., explained in a 2017 TED talk how the company’s mRNA vaccine was designed to work.

Over the last 30 years, he said, “we’ve been living this phenomenal digital scientific revolution, and I’m here today to tell you, that we are actually hacking the software of life, and that it’s changing the way we think about prevention and treatment of disease.”

He went on to explain that the human body is made up of organs and organs are made up of cells.

“In every cell there’s this thing called messenger RNA or mRNA for short, that transmits the critical information from the DNA in our genes to the protein, which is really the stuff we’re all made out of. This is the critical information that determines what the cell will do. So we think about it as an operating system.

“So if you could change that, if you could introduce a line of code, or change a line of code, it turns out, that has profound implications for everything, from the flu to cancer.

First Responders Pass on the COVID-19 Vaccine

WGME News reported:

Across the country, they were some of the first people eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. But we’ve learned — some first responders are turning it down.

They’re on the front lines every day, often in direct contact with people who could have COVID-19.

That’s why infectious disease specialist Dr. Erica Hardy says first responders were prioritized for vaccines.

“It’s really important we take care of people in person and be there if people get sick. Same with first responders, they have such an important role in our community,” said Hardy of Brown University Medical School.

But while millions of Americans eagerly await their turn for the vaccine, Spotlight on America learned some first responders are holding out.

“Because our jobs are inherently more dangerous than some others, we’re a little desensitized,” said Derek Silva, president of the firefighter’s union in Providence, Rhode Island.

Australia Health Minister in Hospital After Vaccination But Link Ruled Out

Reuters reported:

Australian health minister Greg Hunt is expected to make a full recovery after being admitted to hospital with a suspected infection two days after taking a COVID-19 vaccine, his office said on Tuesday.

The previous day, Hunt said on Twitter that he had been inoculated at the weekend with AstraZeneca Plc’s COVID-19 vaccine, one of two being distributed in the country.

Hunt, 55, will stay overnight for observation and is receiving antibiotics and fluid, his office said, without describing his symptoms or saying when he was admitted to hospital.

Health Officials Predict When Children Will Have Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

WBRC reported:

Around 10% of people across the state of Alabama are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but that doesn’t include any children or teenagers.

Health officials say vaccinating the younger population will be crucial in getting life back to normal.

Infectious disease expert at Children’s of Alabama, Dr. David Kimberlin, said Moderna and Pfizer vaccine trials for children and teenagers are going on now. He predicts those findings and results may come out by end of spring.

Kimberlin said the Johnson & Johnson children vaccine trials just started, so those results will lag behind.

He said the trials will only use around 2,000 child participants, instead of the 30,000+ for adult trials.

Here’s How Much Money Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Could Make From COVID Vaccines

Fox Business reported:

Over 92 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the United States as of Monday, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are currently three vaccines approved by the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use, which were manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTechModerna, and Johnson & Johnson.

All U.S. States Are Now Offering Vaccines to Teachers

The New York Times reported:

As of Monday, all K-12 educators nationwide are officially eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, though the situation is more straightforward in some states than others.

President Biden had urged states last week to make vaccinating teachers a priority, with a goal of “every educator, school staff member, child-care worker to receive at least one shot by the end of the month of March.” Mr. Biden said all teachers should be able to get vaccinated starting March 8.

Most places didn’t wait that long to start. At least 38 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico were already vaccinating school workers to some extent by the end of last week. Some had opened up eligibility to educators weeks earlier, while others — Texas, for instance — did so immediately following the president’s announcement. Still others, including Massachusetts, were planning to open up vaccine eligibility to all teachers later this week.

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