The focus is on four kinds of vaccine platforms, he said. First is an mRNA vaccine that uses a component of the genetic material of the virus and translates it into a viral protein within an individual’s body to produce an immune response. Second, a weakened form of the virus is injected into a patient that does not cause the disease but produces immune response. Third, the genetic material of the virus is encoded in another viral backbone and injected to produce an immune response. And fourth uses a viral protein developed in the laboratory along with a stimulant called an adjuvant to boost the immune response. … [Read more...] about India working on 30 vaccine candidates for Covid: Govt
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I think it went fine, but I remember a recent occasion that was a nightmare. Again, I started speaking as the needle went in, and my words, thankfully, flowed out on cue. The trouble was, the red stuff did not. It was like getting blood from a stone. It took four needles, and by the end of the filming the colour had drained from my face and I was in a cold sweat. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Why do healthy people volunteer to be vaccine guinea pigs?
Political divisions seen over how the country reopens the economy are reflected in desire for a vaccine, too. More than half of Democrats call a vaccine necessary for reopening, compared to about a third of Republicans. While 62% of Democrats would get the vaccine, only 43% of Republicans say the same. … [Read more...] about Only Half Of Americans Would Get A Coronavirus Vaccine, Poll Shows
"If a vaccine against coronavirus becomes available to the public, 49 percent say they plan to get vaccinated, and 20 percent say they will not. Another 31 percent are not sure," said a statement from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which based its survey on interviews with 1,056 adults across the US. … [Read more...] about 49% in US favor vaccination
Many pediatricians accept Medicaid, which is a joint federal-state health care program for the poor. But it was easier for the federal government to allocate funding based on Medicare billing records, which are readily available in the computer system of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said Dr. Hanoch Patt, co-medical director of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiology Associates, a national medical group with providers in Houston and Austin. … [Read more...] about No CARES Act funding for pediatricians could mean fewer health care options for kids