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Studies suggest people with blood cancers may not be optimally protected after COVID-19 vaccination

Two new studies published in Blood suggest that the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine may have reduced efficacy in individuals with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and multiple myeloma, two types of blood cancer. According to researchers, these studies could help inform the ideal time for vaccination of these populations. Study suggests two-dose COVID-19 vaccine is less effective […]

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Portugal reaps benefits of a prolonged COVID-19 lockdown

While most of the Europe Union grapples with new surges of COVID-19 cases and brings back curbs on what people can do, Portugal is going in the other direction. Starting Monday, the Portuguese will be able to go to restaurants, shopping malls and cinemas. Classes will resume at high schools and universities. Schools for younger […]

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France’s COVID-19 deaths pass 100,000

The number of people killed by COVID-19 in France climbed past 100,000 on Thursday, with the virus claiming a further 300 lives in the past 24 hours, the country’s health authority said. A day earlier, the death toll stood at 99,805. France is the third country in Europe to reach the grim milestone of 100,000 […]

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Homeless Americans finally getting a chance at COVID-19 shot

Homeless Americans who have been left off priority lists for coronavirus vaccinations—or even bumped aside as states shifted eligibility to older age groups—are finally getting their shots as vaccine supplies increase. While the U.S. government has only incomplete data on infections among homeless people, it’s clear that crowded, unsanitary conditions at shelters and underlying poor […]

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1 in 4 Parents Say Youth Sports Not Enforcing COVID Precautions

(Reuters Health) – Even though the majority of parents give youth sports leagues high marks for keeping them informed about COVID-19 safety protocols, more than one in four parents still think enforcement of these policies is inconsistent, a new U.S. poll suggests. Researchers from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health examined […]

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Canada Talking to J&J About Setback as PM Frets Over Variants

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada said on Tuesday it was talking to Johnson & Johnson about reports that its COVID-19 vaccine might cause rare blood clots, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a surge in dangerous virus variants could threaten progress made so far. U.S. federal health agencies on Tuesday recommended pausing the use of the […]

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Italy’s Old Pay High Price for Regional Vaccine Lottery

ROME (Reuters) – Agostino Airaudo, 86, died of the coronavirus on March 21. Ninety minutes earlier he had received an SMS telling him that, after weeks of waiting, he had got an appointment for a vaccine. Ten days later, his 82-year-old wife Michela also died of the disease. Unlike many other European countries, Italy did […]