A fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine given to people over 60 years in Israel made them three times more resistant to serious illness than thrice-vaccinated people in the same age group, Israel’s Health Ministry said on January 23.
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Beijing Olympics organizers said on Jan. 23 they had confirmed 72 cases of COVID-19 among 2,586 Games-related personnel entering China from Jan. 4 to Jan. 22, with no cases among 171 athletes and team officials arriving in that period.
Pfizer Inc. Chief Executive Albert Bourla said on January 22 that an annual COVID-19 vaccine would be preferable to more frequent booster shots in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved AbbVie’s Skyrizi (risankizumab-rzaa) for the treatment of adults with active psoriatic arthritis (PsA), a systemic inflammatory disease that affects the skin and joints and impacts 30 percent of patients with psoriasis.
Three U.S. studies show that a third dose of an mRNA vaccine is key to fighting the Omicron coronavirus variant, providing 90% protection against hospitalization due to COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on January 21.
The U.S. FDA on January 21 expanded the health regulator’s approval for the use of Gilead Sciences’ antiviral drug remdesivir to treat non-hospitalized patients 12 years and older for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 disease with high risk of hospitalization.
Rick Pazdur, director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Oncology Center of Excellence and longtime defender of the agency’s accelerated approval program, acknowledged that some changes are likely needed to the process to ensure timely receipt of confirmatory trial data.
A judge in Texas ruled on January 21 that President Joe Biden could not require federal employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus and blocked the U.S. government from disciplining employees who failed to comply.
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) provides a glimpse of economic development in the biosciences ecosystem at the state and regional levels. The report, which was developed in partnership with the Council of State Bioscience Associations (CSBA), was released as an industry analysis in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the overall economy.
In very young children, the Omicron variant of the coronavirus causes less severe disease than the Delta variant, according to a new study. In other research, new findings add to evidence that people with a certain version of a gene are less likely to develop severe COVID-19.