Russia claims it will win race in finding coronavirus vaccine, scientists say not so fast

Russia has announced that mass vaccinations are planned for early October, which would make it the first country to approve and distribute a coronavirus vaccine, but scientists are warning against the move. The head of Russia’s Direct Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev, who sponsored the Gamaleya Research Institute’s development of a vaccine, says that a vaccination may be[…]

Fauci says coronavirus vaccine doses could arrive in early 2021; claims no WH speed-up pressure

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said Wednesday that drugmakers will likely have tens of millions of coronavirus vaccine doses ready by early next year and at least 1 billion by the end of 2021. Fauci told Reuters there would be no pressure by U.S. regulators to unsafely speed up the approval of a vaccine[…]

China calls US accusations of hacking to steal coronavirus vaccine data ‘pure slander’

Hackers backed by the Chinese government attempted to steal coronavirus vaccination data from US-based biotech company, Moderna Inc., a U.S. security official tracking Chinese hacking revealed in an exclusive Reuters report Friday. China pushed back on this accusation and said, “Such allegations are pure slander.” “Recently so-called sources from the US government have been accusing[…]

Fauci tells House committee vaccine progress strong, blames states reopening early for coronavirus surge

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top epidemiologist, told members of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis that the U.S. might see an effective vaccine by later this year, and encouraged Americans to register if they are interested in participating in clinical trials. Fauci appeared alongside[…]

Biden questions whether coronavirus vaccine will be ‘real,’ despite experts’ assurances

Joe Biden is preemptively doubting whether a coronavirus vaccine will be “real,” and has cast doubt on whether the vaccine would be distributed with “any degree of equity and realization” — seemingly contradicting public health experts even as the White House touts vaccine progress. The Trump campaign has called out Biden’s remarks as “irresponsible,” pointing to[…]

UK signs deal for 60 million virus vaccine doses

Image copyright Getty Images The UK government has signed a fourth coronavirus vaccine deal, securing up to 60 million doses of an experimental vaccine being developed by drug giants GSK and Sanofi. The government has already signed up for 100 million doses of the Oxford University vaccine being developed by AstraZeneca. It has also secured[…]

Hamilton deletes vaccine conspiracy theory post

Image copyright Getty Images Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton has issued a statement “clarifying his thoughts” and confirming he is not anti-vaccine after sharing a video linked to unfounded conspiracy theories about a coronavirus vaccination. Hamilton originally shared the post about Bill Gates and vaccine trials on his Instagram story to his 18 million followers.[…]