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Woman Who Said Vax Would 'Dishonor God' Wins $700K

Tanja Benton wins settlement against ex-employer BlueCross for refusing COVID vaccine mandate

(Newser) - Tanja Benton was pink-slipped in November 2021 from the biostatistical research scientist job she'd held for years with federal contractor BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, due to her refusal to adhere to her employer's COVID vaccine mandate. Now, a federal jury has awarded Benton nearly $700,000 in a...

US Will Pay Moderna $176M to Develop a Bird Flu Vaccine

Funds will pay for continued development of same mRNA technology used in COVID vaccines

(Newser) - The US government will pay the vaccine maker Moderna $176 million to develop a pandemic vaccine that could be used to treat bird flu in people as cases in dairy cows continue to mount across the country, federal officials announced Tuesday. The funds are targeted for release through the US...

First Country Rolls Out a Bird Flu Vaccine

Authorities in Finland are worried about possible infections at fur farms

(Newser) - Finland hasn't reported a single case of bird flu in humans yet, but the country isn't taking any chances. The country has become the first to roll out a vaccination campaign for workers at risk of infection, especially those at mink farms, reports Reuters . "The conditions in...

Supreme Court Delivers Bad News to Josh Duggar

Justices reject his appeal on his child pornography charges

(Newser) - It's been a busy day for news out of the Supreme Court, with the biggest development being the justices' decision to take up whether states can restrict transgender medical treatments for minors. Also, via the AP:
  • Josh Duggar: The court rejected an appeal from Josh Duggar, a former reality-television
...

Key COVID Vaccine Withdrawn
Key COVID Vaccine Withdrawn

Key COVID Vaccine Withdrawn

AstraZeneca says outdated Vaxzevria vaccine is no longer being made

(Newser) - One of the main coronavirus vaccines, thought to have saved millions of lives, has met its end. AstraZeneca cited a downturn in demand for its Vaxzevria vaccine, developed with the University of Oxford, on Wednesday, noting the vaccine will no longer be made or offered. It said it was withdrawing...

'Hypervaccinated' Man Floors Scientists
'Hypervaccinated' Man
Floors Scientists
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'Hypervaccinated' Man Floors Scientists

German patient was vaccinated 217 times against COVID, seemingly with no ill effects

(Newser) - Well, we know this guy definitely isn't afraid of needles. A German man has been found to have received 217 vaccinations for COVID-19, and he doesn't seem to be any worse for it. The BBC reports on the "bizarre" case of the 62-year-old out of Magdeburg, whose...

At Florida School, a 'Preventable' Outbreak

So far, 5 measles cases identified at Manatee Bay Elementary in Broward County's Weston

(Newser) - Over the weekend, the Florida Department of Health warned that it was looking into "multiple cases of measles" at an elementary school in South Florida. On Monday, Broward County Public Schools official John Sullivan confirmed that five cases in total had been identified so far at Manatee Bay Elementary...

New Development in Mystery Over Bolsonaro's Vax Status

Brazilian authorities say anti-vax former president's records showing he'd been vaxxed were falsified

(Newser) - Jair Bolsonaro has long minimized COVID-19, as well as health and safety measures taken against the virus, including vaccination. Yet confusingly, records show that the former Brazilian president received a COVID shot more than two years ago, apparently to help him circumvent travel restrictions and other rules that required he...

Long Island Midwife Gave Kids Pellets, Not Vaccinations

Jeanette Breen hit with $300K fine for giving 1.5K children homeopathic pellets, falsifying records

(Newser) - A midwife from Long Island has been hit with a $300,000 fine, accused by the New York State Department of Health of writing up false vaccination records for hundreds of children. News 12 Long Island reports that the inoculation scheme run by Jeanette Breen began in 2019, via her...

Man Finds Out Not to Compare COVID Shots to Holocaust

German teacher is hit with $3.3K fine for 'trivialization' over COVID shots

(Newser) - A German man has been hit with a $3,300 fine after expressing some unconventional views on COVID-19 vaccines. Deutsche Welle reports that the unnamed vocational-college teacher, a 62-year-old from Berlin, heard his financial fate on Thursday from the Tiergarten Local Court, where a presiding judge slammed him for comparing...

Experts: Numbers on Updated COVID Shots Are 'Abysmal'

Per CDC, only 7% of adults, 2% of children have received most recent coronavirus vaccine

(Newser) - A month after federal officials recommended new versions of COVID-19 vaccines, 7% of US adults and 2% of children have gotten a shot. One expert called the rates "abysmal," per the AP . The numbers, presented Thursday at a meeting held by the CDC, come from a national survey...

Penn Gave Nobel-Winner Ultimatum: Leave, or Take Pay Cut

Katalin Kariko didn't leave, keeping up her dogged research that led to COVID vaccines

(Newser) - Hungarian researcher Katalin Kariko looks pretty good on paper these days: She co-pioneered mRNA research at the University of Pennsylvania that led to COVID vaccines that helped save millions of lives worldwide during the pandemic; as of last week she has a Nobel for her trouble ; and, just as icing...

Updated COVID Shots Part of Plan to Avoid 'Tripledemic'

Approval of updated vaccines expected within days, just in time for flu and RSV season

(Newser) - Updated COVID-19 vaccines are coming soon, just in time to pair them with flu shots. Doctors hope enough people get vaccinated to help avert another "tripledemic" like last year, when hospitals were overwhelmed with an early flu season, an onslaught of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and yet another winter...

As School Year Kicks Off, a 'Rude Reminder' From COVID
Think We're Done
With COVID? It's
Not Done With Us
THE RUNDOWN

Think We're Done With COVID? It's Not Done With Us

Illness is more manageable now, but late-summer wave shows our 'new normal' will include the virus

(Newser) - If you're seeing a sudden uptick in people around you contracting COVID, more than three years after the start of the pandemic, and more than three months after the pandemic public health emergency was declared over , you're not imagining it. Per the New York Times , there's been...

Another Big First in RSV Protection
Another Big
First in RSV
Protection

Another Big First in RSV Protection

First maternal vaccine approved by the FDA

(Newser) - US regulators on Monday approved the first RSV vaccine for pregnant women so their babies will be born with protection against the scary respiratory infection, the AP reports. RSV is notorious for filling hospitals with wheezing babies every fall and winter. The Food and Drug Administration cleared Pfizer's maternal...

Rogan, Musk, RFK Jr. Zero In on One Vaccine Scientist
Rogan, Musk, RFK Jr. Zero In
on One Vaccine Scientist
the rundown

Rogan, Musk, RFK Jr. Zero In on One Vaccine Scientist

Dr. Peter Hotez of Houston says he's being 'stalked'

(Newser) - Anthony Fauci has long been public enemy No. 1 in the eyes of vaccine opponents. With Fauci retired, it appears that a vaccine scientist in Houston might be assuming the unwanted role. The scientist is Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of...

COVID Vaccines Likely Getting a Big Update

FDA advisers endorse updating the shots

(Newser) - The COVID-19 vaccines are on track for a big recipe change this fall, the AP reports. Today’s vaccines still contain the original coronavirus strain, the one that started the pandemic—even though that was long ago supplanted by mutated versions as the virus rapidly evolves. Thursday, the Food and...

Foxx Reps Say Vax Claim Isn't True, Yet It Just Won't Die

Rumor that actor's mystery condition was caused by COVID vaccine continues to spread online

(Newser) - What's going on with Jamie Foxx's health is still largely a mystery —even an upbeat update from his daughter didn't provide many details—but one thing fans can now rule out is that he suffered medical complications from the COVID vaccine. That's according to reps...

It's a 'Milestone' for Cancer Vaccines
Cancer Just Got
a Little Less Scary
NEW STUDY

Cancer Just Got a Little Less Scary

BioNTech's mRNA vaccine appears to prevent pancreatic cancer's return in phase one trial

(Newser) - BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine overshadowed its development of an mRNA vaccine to target cancer , but that vaccine takes center stage in a phase one trial, offering new hope for the treatment of notoriously deadly and stubborn pancreatic cancers. Some 90% of pancreatic cancer patients who have tumors surgically removed see...

We Finally Have an RSV Vaccine
We Finally Have
an RSV Vaccine

We Finally Have an RSV Vaccine

Seniors could begin getting the vaccine this fall

(Newser) - Scientists have been working on a vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus for more than 60 years, and now, one has finally been approved by the FDA. Why the six-decade wait? As CNN explains, the results of an experimental vaccine study in the 1960s turned tragically wrong in what was "...

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