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Day: 14 January 2021

Moderna thinks its vaccine will protect against the coronavirus for at least a year

Moderna thinks its vaccine will protect against the coronavirus for at least a year

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Biotechnology company Moderna believes its vaccine should protect people against COVID-19 for at least a year, a top official told investors Monday. "Our expectation is that the vaccination should last you at least a year," Moderna's chief medical officer Tal Zaks told the JP morgan 39th Annual Healthcare conference. Both Moderna's and Pfizer/BioNTech's coronavirus vaccines have won emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration. Zaks said the company will have to test people to see if adding a third dose -- a boost -- might extend protection. Currently, the vaccine is given as two doses about a month apart. Because both vaccines were only invented within the past year, no one knows how long they'll protect people. "We'll have to boost people to see ho
WHO team probing origin of virus arrives in China

WHO team probing origin of virus arrives in China

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  A World Health Organization (WHO) team has arrived in the Chinese city of Wuhan to start its investigation into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. The long-awaited probe comes after months of negotiations between the WHO and Beijing. A group of 10 scientists is set to interview people from research institutes, hospitals and the seafood market linked to the initial outbreak. Covid-19 was first detected in Wuhan in late 2019. The team's arrival on Thursday morning coincides with a resurgence of new coronavirus cases in northern China, while life in Wuhan is relatively back to normal. They will undergo two weeks of quarantine before beginning their research, which will rely upon samples and evidence provided...