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Covid-19 Vaccines

Johnson & Johnson’s adenovirus vector based vaccine – a game changer?

Johnson & Johnson’s adenovirus vector-based vaccine, developed by its subsidiary Janssen Biotech Inc. reported 66% overall vaccine efficacy with a single dose after 28 days in a global Phase III trial with 43,783 participants. However, efficacies were different at different trial locations: 72% efficacy in the US, 66% in Latin America, and 57% in South […]

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Polio Vaccines

Learning from Polio

The polio epidemics of the late 19th and early 20th centuries had a swift and definitive effect on the path of modern medicine. The public feeling was overwhelmingly fearful – a survey of Americans in 1952 found that their fear of polio was second only to that of nuclear warfare. The development of treatment and […]

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Covid-19 Vaccines

The latest Covid-19 vaccinations and treatment candidates – Part 2

Since the first case of SARS-Cov-2 was identified in Wuhan, China as the cause of a respiratory outbreak, our journey to discover a treatment began. Although the origin of SARS-CoV-2 resulting in the Covid-19 virus remains unclear, the pursuit to produce vaccination and other treatment alternatives is rapidly underway. As our understanding of the novel […]

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Covid-19 Vaccines

A review of the most promising Covid-19 vaccinations

The human body has an impressive immune system to help protect us against disease and infection. For the most part, it’s incredibly efficient in fighting against foreign microorganisms. The problem is, some invasive pathogens can overwhelm our immune system more than others leading us to develop severe symptoms of the illness. Why Covid-19 Is so […]

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Covid-19 Vaccines

Vaccine Good News!

Pfizer who are working with Germany’s BioNTech to develop a Covid-19 vaccine are planning to seek FDA approval in the 3rd week of November, 2020 for it’s Covid-19 vaccine assuming the current trial results prove positive. An open letter from the CEO of Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla released the following open letter on […]

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Covid-19 Vaccines

Calquence by AstraZeneca the new COVID-19 Vaccine?

AstraZeneca Plc (AZN) are a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business and their innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.link Pascal Soriot, the CEO of AZN,  announced that the company wasn’t going to wait for clinical results, which it expected to have in August, and have already started manufacturing their experimental COVID-19 vaccine named Calquence […]

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Covid-19 Vaccines

COVID-19 Vaccination?

Sinovac Biotech, a Chinese biopharmaceutical company has said that it is 99% sure that their COVID-19 vaccine will work. Sinovac Biotech published results of the vaccine named CoronaVac in the academic journal Science last month that protected monkeys from infection by the coronavirus. In April the company reached Stage 2 of the COVID-19 vaccine trial […]

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Anthrax Vaccines

Anthrax

Anthrax is caused by a bacteria called baccilus anthracis. Anthrax is a rod shaped gram positive bacteria which is found naturally in the soil and routinely attacks grazing animals such as cattle, sheep and goats who are then infected through ingestions of contaminated soil. It also infects wild animals worldwide. Anthrax is spread when its spores […]

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Influenza-Flu Vaccines

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Hib is a bacteria which can cause: pneumonia meningitis severe inflammatory infections of the face, mouth, blood, epiglottis, joints, heart, bones, peritoneum and trachea. This almost exclusively effects children less than 5 years of age. It can also effect people with weakened immune system. link It is transmitted […]

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Smallpox Vaccines

Vaccine History (smallpox)

Edward Jenner (Smallpox Vaccination) The image above features Edward Jenner, who pioneered vaccination, and two colleagues (right) seeing off three anti-vaccination opponents, with the dead lying at their feet (1808). In 1796, he carried out his now famous experiment on eight-year-old James Phipps. Jenner inserted pus taken from a cowpox pustule and inserted it into […]