US COVID-19 booster shot campaign to start with only Pfizer: source

A White House plan to offer COVID-19 booster shots will most likely start this month only with the vaccine made by Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech (22UAy.DE), a narrower initiative than anticipated, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday. President Joe Biden had expected to launch a campaign to administer 100 million booster … Read more

US administers 373.5 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines: CDC

The United States has administered 373,516,809 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Friday morning and distributed 447,619,715 doses, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Those figures are up from the 372,116,617 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by Sept. 2 out of 445,672,595 doses delivered. The … Read more

England gets ready for mass COVID inoculations for 12- to 15-year-olds

Britain’s government said on Saturday it had told England’s health service to get ready for a mass COVID-19 vaccination programme for children aged between 12 and 15 starting in September, if vaccination experts give the green light. A first vaccine dose has already been offered to all 16- and 17-year-olds in England as well as … Read more

Pfizer study finds a third shot greatly boosts Covid antibodies

Pfizer and BioNTech said Wednesday they were now applying to the Food and Drug Administration for supplemental approval of a coronavirus vaccine booster shot for those aged 16 and up, and will submit all their supporting data by the end of this week. The move came as the companies said that a third shot of … Read more

Scientists question evidence behind US Covid-19 booster shot drive

The Biden administration’s plan to provide Covid-19 vaccine boosters is based on concerns that a decrease in the vaccines’ ability to protect against milder infections could also mean people will have less protection against severe illness, a premise that has yet to be proven, scientists said on Thursday. US officials, citing data showing waning protection … Read more

Israel set to offer COVID vaccine booster shots to under 60 year olds

The advisory panel’s move, which followed a call by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to expand Israel’s booster campaign, still has to be approved by the Health Ministry’s director. But at least two major health providers have already said they would begin on Friday to schedule appointments for people in the 50-59 age group to get … Read more

Saudi Arabia to open for tourist visa holders starting August 1

Saudi Arabia’s Tourism Ministry will re-allow entry for tourist visa holders starting Aug. 1, it said in a statement. “Vaccinated tourists will be allowed to enter without having to be institutionally quarantined upon providing a negative Covid-19 PCR test and a vaccination certificate,” the ministry said. Accepted vaccines will be Pfizer, Astrazeneca , Moderna and … Read more