Moderna sues Pfizer/BioNTech for patent infringement on COVID vaccine

Moderna’s logo is reflected in a drop on a syringe needle in this illustration taken November 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Aug 26 (Reuters) – Moderna sued Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Friday for patent infringement in the development of the first COVID-19 vaccine approved … Read more

Full of money, Pfizer buys Global Blood Therapeutics for $5.4 billion

Aug 8 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc on Monday agreed to pay $5.4 billion in cash to sickle cell drugmaker Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT.O)as it seeks to capitalize on an increase in revenue from its COVID-19 vaccine and treatment. Pfizer will pay $68.50 per GBT share, representing a 7.3% premium to its Friday closing price and … Read more

US declares monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency

Aug 4 (Reuters) – The United States has declared monkeypox a public health emergency, the health secretary said on Thursday, a move that should free up additional funds and tools to fight the disease. The US tally topped 6,600 on Wednesday, nearly all cases among men who have sex with men. “We’re ready to take … Read more

South Africa reports first death causally linked to COVID vaccine

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 4 (Reuters) – South Africa’s health regulator on Thursday reported a causal link between the death of an individual and that of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) (JNJ.N) COVID-19 vaccine, the first time such a direct link has been established in the country. The person developed a rare neurological disorder, Guillain-Barré syndrome, shortly after … Read more

Polio found in NYC sewage as state urges vaccination

WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The polio virus was present in sewage in a New York suburb a month before health officials announced a confirmed case of the disease last month, said state health officials on Monday, urging residents to make sure they have been vaccinated. Finding the illness from sewage samples taken in June … Read more

Biden tests positive for COVID again, says he’s feeling fine

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 again on Saturday in what the White House doctor described as a “rebound” case seen in a small percentage of patients who are taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid. Biden, 79, who came out of COVID isolation on Wednesday after testing positive on … Read more

If you’re at high risk, don’t wait for updated COVID vaccines, experts say

CHICAGO, July 29 (Reuters) – People at high risk of severe illness who have not yet received a second COVID-19 booster should not wait for next-generation vaccines targeting Omicron due in the fall, five said vaccine experts at Reuters. In many countries, including the United States, the BA.5 Omicron subvariant of the virus is thriving, … Read more