Britain said on November 26 that a newly identified coronavirus variant spreading in South Africa was of huge concern, and considered by scientists to be the most significant one yet found as it could make vaccines less effective.
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Millions of Americans got COVID-19 booster shots at a near record pace after the Biden administration expanded eligibility last week, but health officials concerned about climbing infections ahead of the winter holiday season urged more to get the additional protection.
With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, BioSpace felt it was important to give thanks for some of the positive things that have happened during 2021. And there are many! The accomplishments, opportunities and possibilities the scientific community has brought to bear, providing a way out of the COVID-19 pandemic and hope for the future of meaningful therapies for several challenging diseases, deserve a major shout-out.
New Covid-19 cases jumped 23% in the Americas in the last week, mostly in North America where both the United States and Canada are reporting increasing infection rates, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on November 24, warning that the region might be facing a relapse as in Europe.
Coronavirus infections broke records in parts of Europe on November 24, with the continent once again the epicenter of a pandemic that has prompted new curbs on movement and made health experts think again about booster vaccination shots.
Shares of Kura Oncology plunged in trading on November 24 after the San Diego-based company announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed a partial clinical hold on a Phase Ib leukemia study assessing KO-539 following the report of a patient’s death.
A cardiovascular drug Pfizer licensed from Akcea Therapeutics in 2019 hit the mark in a Phase IIb dose-ranging study in patients with elevated non-HDL-C and triglycerides.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported its projections for the 53 countries in Europe to have another 700,000 deaths from Covid-19 by spring 2022, which would bring the total to more than 2 million in the region.
Top U.S. infectious disease official Dr. Anthony Fauci said on November 23 the vast majority of Americans who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 should receive a booster shot, and that an additional dose could eventually become the country’s standard for determining who is fully vaccinated.
A federal jury on November 23 found that pharmacy chain operators CVS Health Corp., Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Walmart Inc. helped fuel an opioid epidemic in two Ohio counties, in the first trial the companies have faced over the U.S. drug crisis.