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The CDC and FDA confirmed that the vaccine is safe, and said the recent pause should be lifted for all groups.
The federal government has paused administration of the vaccine while it investigates a rare blood clotting disorder.
Experts don’t yet know what causes long COVID or why some people have persistent symptoms while others recover in weeks or even days.
Research suggests protective effect of natural infection or vaccination is likely to be persistent.
Natural immunity and vaccine responses may be weaker in people with immune suppression, so they should get their second dose promptly.
COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to drop in the United States, but a global pandemic cannot be defeated in one country.
The protein vaccine was 96% effective against the original SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, but less so against new variants.
Mutations can affect how viruses behave and how well drugs and vaccines work.
Experts say it’s complicated, noting that the output of raw materials and assembly lines can’t be ratcheted up at the push of a button.
Study findings may help explain why wearing masks has been linked to lower disease severity in people with COVID-19.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is easier to store and deliver, will help speed up the coronavirus vaccine rollout.
People who have had COVID-19 appear to be protected against reinfection for at least a few months.
A year into the pandemic, the FDA, CDC and USDA say there’s no credible evidence linking food or packaging to COVID-19.
NIAID director Anthony Fauci, MD, and coauthors emphasize the need for a global response to COVID-19.
Bamlanivimab and etesevimab may be given to people with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk for progression to severe disease.
The public can watch the proceedings on the FDA website and the agency’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter channels.
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