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UK coronavirus vaccine prompts immune response in early test

LONDON (AP) — Scientists at Oxford University say their experimental coronavirus vaccine has been shown in an early trial to prompt a protective immune response in hundreds of people who got the shot. British researchers first began testing the vaccine in April in about 1,000 people, half of whom got the experimental vaccine. Such early […]

U.S. officials change virus risk groups, add pregnant women

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s top public health agency on Thursday revamped its list of which Americans are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, adding pregnant women and removing age alone as a factor. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also changed the list of underlying conditions that make someone more susceptible […]

Groups sow doubt about COVID vaccine before one even exists

NEW YORK (AP) — A coronavirus vaccine is still months or years away, but groups that peddle misinformation about immunizations are already taking aim, potentially eroding confidence in what could be humanity’s best chance to defeat the virus. In recent weeks, vaccine opponents have made several unsubstantiated claims, including allegations that vaccine trials will be […]

Coronavirus could erode global fight against other diseases

NEW DELHI (AP) — Lavina D’Souza hasn’t been able to collect her government-supplied anti-HIV medication since the abrupt lockdown of India’s 1.3 billion people last month during the coronavirus outbreak. Marooned in a small city away from her home in Mumbai, the medicine she needs to manage her disease has run out. The 43-year-old is […]

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard seeks absolution in virus fight

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Wearing gas masks and waterproof fatigues, members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard now spray down streets and hospitals with disinfectants as the Islamic Republic faces one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the new coronavirus. Its commanders likely hope it also will wash away something else — the anger the […]

India’s beleaguered health system braces for virus surge

NEW DELHI (AP) — India is bracing for a potential explosion of coronavirus cases as authorities rush to trace, test and quarantine contacts of 31 people confirmed to have the disease. It is screening international travelers at 30 airports and has already tested more than 3,500 samples. The Indian army is preparing at least five […]

Will the religious exemption on childhood vaccinations be repealed in Connecticut?

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont will be addressing the state in the governor’s annual State of the State address on Wednesday ahead of the general legislative session. One of the “hot button” issues expected to receive some attention in the 2020 session is religious exemptions for childhood vaccinations. The repeal of the exemption […]

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