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Can We Predict How Well Someone Will Respond to a Vaccine?
Researchers find signatures pre- and post-vaccination that correlate with a more robust immune response. 
Can We Predict How Well Someone Will Respond to a Vaccine?
Can We Predict How Well Someone Will Respond to a Vaccine?

Researchers find signatures pre- and post-vaccination that correlate with a more robust immune response. 

Researchers find signatures pre- and post-vaccination that correlate with a more robust immune response. 

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After Decades of Delays, RSV Vaccines Show Promise in Early Data 
Dan Robitzski | Nov 1, 2022 | 3 min read
Both Pfizer and GSK have shared preliminary data suggesting that their experimental vaccines can protect older adults and newborn infants from the virus.
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European Medicines Agency Recommends Approving Takeda’s Dengue Vaccine
Katherine Irving | Oct 14, 2022 | 2 min read
In clinical trials, the new inoculation demonstrated greater protection for children and people older than 45 than the existing dengue vaccine.
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Oxford-AstraZeneca Nasal COVID-19 Vaccine Falters in Clinical Trial
Dan Robitzski | Oct 11, 2022 | 2 min read
Researchers say they’re abandoning the project in its current form—one of several that aims to induce what’s known as mucosal immunity against SARS-CoV-2.
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FDA Green Lights COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids Under 5
Andy Carstens | Jun 17, 2022 | 2 min read
Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech shots could be given to the youngest kids as early as June 21.
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Infographic: Inducing Active Immunity Against Opioid Overdose
Tori Rodriguez | Jun 13, 2022 | 3 min read
How scientists aim to induce an immune response against addictive drugs
Illustration of a syringe with a person falling out of a bottle of pills
Opioid Vaccines as a Tool to Stem Overdose Deaths
Tori Rodriguez | Jun 13, 2022 | 10+ min read
Researchers are turning to the immune system for help in treating addiction and preventing overdose.
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Nasal Vaccines Are Commercially High Risk, Perhaps High Reward
Jef Akst | Jun 13, 2022 | 10+ min read
Dozens of intranasally delivered vaccines targeting SARS-CoV-2 are in development. Could they pave the way for widespread nasal vaccination in the future?
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Canada Approves World’s First Plant-Based COVID-19 Vaccine
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Feb 25, 2022 | 2 min read
Canada has ordered 76 million doses of Covifenz, the main ingredient of which was manufactured in the leaves of a tobacco relative.
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“Nocebo” Effect May Cause Majority of COVID-19 Vaccine Symptoms
Natalia Mesa, PhD | Jan 18, 2022 | 2 min read
A negative version of the placebo effect may be behind many instances of mild side effects associated with the jabs, a study suggests.
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Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Garners First Full Approval
Chloe Tenn | Nov 24, 2021 | 1 min read
Health Canada has given the single COVID-19 shot the official greenlight for use in people 18 and older.
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A Lab-Stage mRNA Vaccine Targeting Ticks May Offer Protection Against Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases
Andaleeb Sajid | Nov 18, 2021 | 3 min read
NIH researcher Andaleeb Sajid discusses her study’s finding that ticks were unable to feed on vaccinated guinea pigs, preventing transmission of the pathogen that causes Lyme disease.
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Hope, Concern Surround WHO Green Light of First Malaria Vaccine
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 28, 2021 | 10 min read
RTS,S has several flaws but could still save tens of thousands of lives, experts say.
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Book Excerpt from You Bet Your Life
Paul A. Offit | Sep 21, 2021 | 4 min read
In his book’s Introduction, physician-scientist Paul A. Offit reviews the unusual constellation of circumstances around the development of COVID-19 vaccines.
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To Booster or Not: Scientists and Regulators Debate
Jef Akst | Sep 16, 2021 | 7 min read
President Biden’s planned rollout of additional COVID-19 vaccine doses is set to begin next week, but questions remain about who should get them.
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Infographic: TB Vaccines in the Pipeline Take Varied Approaches
Anthony King | Jul 1, 2021 | 3 min read
More than a dozen vaccines for tuberculosis are currently being tested in clinical trials. Some use whole bacteria as BCG does, while others deliver protein subunits or genetic material carried by viral vectors.  
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Tuberculosis: The Forgotten Pandemic
Anthony King | Jul 1, 2021 | 10+ min read
This month marks the 100-year anniversary of BCG, still the only approved vaccine against the lethal pathogen. But there are new vaccines for this wily foe on the horizon.
Pharma, US Government Plan for COVID-19 Booster Shots
Jef Akst | Apr 16, 2021 | 2 min read
It’s unclear how long protections against infection will last from the initial vaccinations, and health authorities say additional jabs will likely be necessary.
Bile and Potatoes, 1921
Jef Akst | Apr 1, 2021 | 3 min read
One hundred years after its invention, BCG has stood the test of time as a vaccine against tuberculosis.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Combos Aim to Boost Immunity
Asher Jones | Mar 9, 2021 | 6 min read
Mix-and-match shots could simplify vaccine rollout and stimulate more-robust immune responses. Ongoing clinical trials will soon give answers.
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