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The WHO marks World Immunization Week as a continuation of the vaccine launch

April 24, 2021

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While the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines continues, WHO has marked World Immunization Week with the theme “Vaccines Bring Us Closer”.

The aim of this year’s campaign is to increase public confidence in vaccines and improve investment in vaccines.

Covid-19 doses infographic

Source: CDC.

To mark the occasion, we have selected 12 recent articles related to vaccination research and efforts.

Previous research and “unlimited resources” are driving the rapid development of COVID-19 vaccines

In the April cover story, Infectious Disease News spoke to experts about how previous vaccine research and large public funds have contributed to the rapid development of effective COVID-19 vaccines. Continue reading.

Questions and Answers: What is herd immunity and what happens to SARS-CoV-2 when we reach it?

In this Q&A, Lauren Ancel Meyers, PhD, The director of the University of Texas COVID-19 Modeling Consortium at Austin discusses misconceptions and barriers to herd immunity from COVID-19. Continue reading.

Most teachers have received at least one dose of the CDC COVID-19 vaccine says

CDC data suggests that nearly 80% of teachers, childcare workers and school staff have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Continue reading.

Should COVID-19 Vaccines Be Mixed?

Oxford University researchers have started a study looking at the effectiveness of a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech and a dose of the vaccine from AstraZeneca. Continue reading.

Questions and Answers: Reduced Effectiveness of COVID-19 Vaccines in Transplant Recipients

In this Q&A, on the editorial board of Infectious Disease News Peter Chin-Hong, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Transplant Infectious Disease Program at the University of California at San Francisco discusses the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in transplant recipients. Continue reading.

Cities face barriers to vaccinating people homelessness

Studies suggest that people with homelessness are more prone to COVID-19 and many cities face barriers to vaccine distribution among this population. Continue reading.

Questions and Answers: PCPs are still ready to help with the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine but are excluded from it Efforts

In this interview Michael DellaVecchia, MD, PhD, FACS, The President of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and a physician at Thomas University Hospital and Main Line Health in Southeast Pennsylvania discusses the low level of primary care involvement in the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine. Continue reading.

Real-world data show that mRNA vaccines reduce the risk of infection by 90%
A recent MMWR report indicated that COVID-19 messenger RNA vaccines significantly reduce the risk of infection 2 or more weeks after the second dose is given. Continue reading.

Italian hospitals are grappling with the rise in COVID-19 as the vaccination campaign increases speed

Italian hospitals are still under pressure from COVID-19 despite the decrease in reported cases. Continue reading.

Results of a “really disappointing” HIV vaccine study released

Data from a failed HIV vaccine candidate was released one year after the trial ended due to ineffectiveness. Continue reading.

PCV7, PCV13 vaccines for ear infections in young children

Two pneumococcal vaccines that study results have shown to protect against complex ear infections in children. Continue reading.

Real data trumpet effectiveness of the recombinant zoster vaccine

Real-world study results published in Clinical Infectious Diseases showed that the recombinant zoster vaccine was more than 85% effective in relieving herpes zoster. Continue reading.

References:

CDC. COVID-19 vaccinations in the US. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#vaccinations. Accessed April 21, 2021.

WHO. World Immunization Week 2021. https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2021/04/24/default-calendar/world-immunization-week-2021. Accessed April 21, 2021.

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