Tag: vaccine


Dr. Marcia Graham Says Get Vaccinated

At a recent meeting, one of Jamaica’s medical officer made an appeal for Jamaicans to take the COVID-19 shot as many unvaccinated persons are still being impacted negatively and hospitalized with the illness. “Since February 1, we have had 10 suspected deaths that we will be investigating as possibly being COVID-19-related. We continue to have unvaccinated adults being admitted to […]


FDA Approves COVID-19 Vaccine For Infants, Preschoolers

U.S. regulators on Friday authorized the first COVID-19 shots for infants and preschoolers, paving the way for vaccinations to begin next week. The Food and Drug Administration’s action follows its advisory panel’s unanimous recommendation for the shots from Moderna and Pfizer.  Children under five are eligible for the vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must now provide […]


Drugmaker Pfizer High On Sales

Pfizer Inc., the American multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporation has seen its sales double in the fourth quarter. With the global demand for the COVID-19 vaccine, the company continues to ride the wave in sales. According to press reports, the company posted revenue of $23.8 billion, albeit missing analysts’ projections of $24.1 billion. The company’s vaccine unit accounted for $13.9 […]


Mexico Approves Cuba’s Three-dose Abdala Coronavirus Vaccine

According to press reports, Mexico’s health safety council has approved the use of Cuba’s three-dose Abdala coronavirus vaccine. The council reportedly said that there is sufficient evidence that warrants the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. However, the approval for emergency use does not necessarily mean that the Mexican government, currently the country’s only purchaser of vaccines, will acquire or administer Abdala […]


Dr. Tufton — Vaxing Up Is Important

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says vaccination remains an important response in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19). “The current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illnesses, hospitalizations and death [that could result from] the Omicron variant. So vaccines still remain an important response,” Dr. Tufton said. He noted that the uptake of the vaccine is […]


Pfizer Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine 100% Effective In Children

In a recent press release, Pfizer Incorporated said its COVID-19 vaccine provided strong long-term protection against the virus in a late-stage study conducted among adolescents aged 12 to 15 years. The company said a two-dose series of the vaccine was 100% effective against COVID-19, measured seven days through over four months after the second dose. “As the global health community […]


Drug Companies Get Booster Approval

Vaccine advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a recent meeting, voted unanimously to recommend booster doses of Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for all adults in the United States six months after their first two shots expire. Members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices also voted to strengthen the recommendation to say that […]


Jamaica Loading Up On Vaccine

Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Minister has disclosed that Jamaica is set to receive Covid-19 vaccines from at least five countries based on its vaccine sourcing activities and commitments which have been made. The Minister of  Foreign Affairs, Kamina Johnson-Smith, says the drawdown would include the popular Pfizer vaccine. The Foreign Affairs Ministry has been collaborating with the Health Ministry and various […]


WHO Urges Leaders To Step Up

WHO has urged leaders attending the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to guarantee equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and other life-saving tools; ensure the world is better prepared to respond to future pandemics and renew efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The health organization noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has already claimed the lives of […]