"We are being prudently cautious by already making moves toward developing booster shots that would specifically cover the mutants," Fauci said, confirming that both Pfizer and Moderna's COVID vaccines, the two currently authorized for distribution in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration, remain effective against the COVID-19 variants detected so far, including South Africa's B.1.351 and the United Kingdom's B.1.1.7 strain. … [Read more...] about Dr. Anthony Fauci Applauds Moderna’s Program to Create COVID-19 Booster for South African Variant
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Walensky said that until enough people have been vaccinated, providing "herd" immunity, mask-wearing and social distancing will need to remain in place to "decrease the amount of virus that is circulating, and therefore, decrease the amount of variants that are out there," the CDC chief said. … [Read more...] about US to Track COVID-19 Variants, Study Whether Vaccines Remain Effective
“There are some who argue that people should not be traveling internationally anyway, because we still don’t have the vaccine widely available,” said Senior News Editor Clint Henderson. “In the short term this is not going to be great. However, in the long-term, this could be part of a new process that makes it a little safer for international travel.” … [Read more...] about Foreign Air Travelers Face New COVID-19 Requirements Before Boarding Flights To U.S.
That news comes a day after U.S. health officials said they are increasing efforts to track several COVID-19 variants emerging as the virus continues to spread throughout the world. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Rochelle Walensky said in an interview Sunday the plan is to monitor "the impact of these variants on vaccines, as well as on our therapeutics." … [Read more...] about Moderna Says Its Vaccine Is Effective Against COVID-19 Variants
With a tough lockdown, New Zealand had nearly eliminated the coronavirus, with new cases found among travelers returning home and quarantining. As of Sunday, there were 79 such cases. The new variants from Britain and South Africa, however, have been found among those cases, raising concerns of community spread returning. … [Read more...] about World Nears 100 Million COVID-19 Cases