Public health officials have been waiting for good data before making any decisions about booster shots for people who received Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine.
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Your body produces antibodies after an infection or vaccine, but these slowly decline over time. New Johnson & Johnson data sheds light on the duration of protection and the need for booster shots.
The freedom of going mask-free is still a ways off for kids under age 12.
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As many teens and adults in the US restart their social lives, parents of children under the age of 12 wonder when their kids will also be able to experience the freedom that comes with vaccination.
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South Africa has clearly suffered the consequences of poor strategic decisions to this point. It doesn’t need to continue along these lines.
Though drug recalls are relatively uncommon in the U.S., reduced inspections increase the likelihood of manufacturing errors that slip through the cracks.
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COVID-19 has exacerbated a backlog of domestic and foreign drug manufacturing inspections that the FDA is still too short-staffed to adequately deal with.
The pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was lifted on April 23, 2021.
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The CDC first paused, then unpaused, the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine due to concerns about blood clots. But what are those clots, and how do they form?
Vaccine production staff demonstrate operations at a facility in Germany.
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Vaccine manufacturing is complex, with lots of potential points for errors. But it also has extensive quality control checks and approvals.
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Good news for children and young people, bad news for Johnson & Johnson.
What is behind the confusion about Catholics taking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?
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Divisions among Catholics have created doubts about the moral acceptability of one of the COVID-19 vaccines. An expert explains why there isn’t one ‘Catholic view’ on the issue.
The concern is about more than one shot vs. two.
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Religious opposition over a link to abortions performed decades ago and misunderstandings about effectiveness could lead to a nightmare of angry patients and wasted vaccine.
Two experts explain why the UK’s vaccine programme has been a success, while abroad China, Russia and India use vaccine supplies to increase their soft power.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine only requires one dose.
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The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is different from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in a few important ways that could make it a huge help to global vaccination efforts.
Vaccine developers pledge to create boosters that can better handle the new variants of the virus, and new data gives reassurance on the Oxford vaccine.
Both vaccines appear to reduce the risk of developing COVID-19, and so could be approved later this year.
The pharmaceutical industry opposes the suspension of intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, and no pharma companies have yet contributed to the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool.
We should applaud drug companies for developing COVID-19 vaccines in record time, but let’s not be under any illusion about the profits that are motivating them.
Many hospitals are implementing new procedures to replace prescribing opioids after surgery.
About 1 in 4 people prescribed an opioid for pain end up abusing it. New methods to reduce the need for opioids after surgery have been shown to work – and thus minimize the need for such drugs.
Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay US$.4.69 billion in July, 2018 because it failed to warn customers that its baby powder contains asbestos.
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Asbestos litigation is the number one source of tort claims in the US, with many people decrying the filing of so many claims. But there’s a reason the claims persist. Asbestos isn’t going anywhere.
Don’t believe the hype. Band-Aids might protect minor cuts but there’s no publicly available evidence they speed up healing.
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Where’s the evidence behind claims Band-Aids speed up wound healing? Here’s why we’ll never know.
Much mightier than any sword.
The generation of designers broke out of their studios and took the business world by storm. Their skills could also be turned to bigger world problems.
Ron Barnes, Doug Cope, Eileen Webber and Bob Lugton feature in ABC TV’s 4 Corners documentary The Walking Wounded.
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Starting with Karl Marx, many thinkers have pointed out that the creative potential of the capitalist economic system comes at a cost – the lack of inherent ethical scruples to limit the inexorable logic…