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The FDA will allow 11 doses to be taken from standard Moderna vaccine vials and authorized a new vial with 15 doses.
Also, Moderna said the vaccine can now be kept 24 hours at room temperature after thawing, and doses remain good 12 hours after vials are opened.
We might not even need that AstraZeneca vaccine, according to Anthony Fauci, MD. (Reuters)
One example of global vaccine disparities: while the developed world expects to conclude vaccinations this summer, Vietnam thinks 80% of its population will still be waiting for shots by year-end. (Reuters)
One in five Britons with COVID-19 still had symptoms 5 weeks after initial infection and almost 15% had ongoing symptoms at 12 weeks. (BBC)
As of about 8 a.m. ET, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the United States included 30,540,475 cases and 553,140 deaths, increases of 79,409 and 1,067 from the same time yesterday.
What started as an April Fool’s prank on Facebook ended with Belgian police using tear gas and water cannons to break up a crowd of thousands of young people who gathered at a Brussels park in defiance of the country’s COVID-19 lockdown. (Reuters)
At last, some side effects of COVID-19 vaccine that might be a good sign. (CNN)
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Tony Evers (D) overstepped his authority by implementing a statewide mask mandate. (ABC News)
A new law in Virginia makes it easier for healthcare workers to recoup medical expenses and lost wages if they become ill with COVID-19 — except those who turned down an offer to get vaccinated. (Reuters)
In a year filled with “wrongness,” this person stood out as the pandemic’s “wrongest man” for his off-target predictions and misinformation. (The Atlantic)
CDC staffers reflect on the biggest public health crisis of their careers and how to regain public trust. (NPR)
An inside look at Pfizer’s “manufacturing moonshot” that has churned out millions of vaccine doses in record time. (CNN)
Amazon plans to return to an “office-centric culture” by fall. (CBS News)
Hyperimmune intravenous globulin flopped in a phase III trial, said the CoVIg-19 Plasma Alliance, a manufacturers’ consortium.
In other news:
- Another Ebola case turned up in Guinea, after officials hoped that the outbreak had been quelled. (Reuters)
- “From crap to cure”: A brief history of fecal transplant and a patient’s perspective on its sometimes life-altering therapeutic effects. (Leaps.org)
- The AMA lauded the Biden administration’s first-year drug policy.
- Adults with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia have a new cholesterol-lowering option after the FDA expanded the indications for alirocumab (Praluent).
- The CDC finds danger in backyard bird feeders.