World migration down 30 percent due to pandemic: UN

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The coronavirus pandemic has slowed global migration by nearly 30 percent, with around two million fewer people than predicted migrating between 2019 and 2020, according to a UN report released on Friday. Some 281 million people were living outside their country of origin in 2020. The report, entitled “International Migration 2020,” […]

Published data from Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial show 94.1 percent efficacy

BOSTON — A peer-reviewed paper published in The New England Journal of Medicine provides data from the much-anticipated COVE study, which evaluated mRNA-1273, a vaccine candidate against COVID-19 manufactured by Moderna, Inc. Results from the primary analysis of the study, which will continue for two years, provide evidence that the vaccine can prevent symptomatic infection. […]

Fewer than 2 percent of OB-GYN doctors can prescribe life-saving opioid treatment

The number of obstetrician-gynecologists who are able to prescribe a lifesaving opioid addiction medicine called buprenorphine to their patients is woefully small, comprising less than two percent of the 31,000-plus doctors studied across the country, according to new analysis. This is especially concerning as the proportion of those expecting to give birth who are using […]

Oxford, AstraZeneca say COVID-19 vaccine up to 90 percent effective

A COVID-19 vaccine made by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford appears to prevent illness and may cut down on transmission of the coronavirus. In studies of more than 22,000 people in the United Kingdom and Brazil, the vaccine was 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 when people got a half dose of the vaccine […]

Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is nearly 95 percent effective

On the heels of the preliminary success of one COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, another leading vaccine candidate is showing promise. Preliminary results indicate that Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine is nearly 95 percent effective in preventing sickness, including severe cases of the disease, the biotechnology company announced November 16.  “This is a pivotal moment in […]

Pfizer claims its COVID vaccine is 90 percent effective. Here’s what that actually means.

A 90 percent effectiveness is very impressive, but the rate is based on a relatively small number of people. (Pixabay/) On Monday, pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced the latest results for their coronavirus vaccine, which is now in late-stage clinical trials. The results, which were evaluated by an independent committee of experts (though not yet peer-reviewed), […]

Five states saw COVID-19 rates increase by 50 percent in a single week

A study found that samples of COVID-19 lived in controlled lab conditions for 28 days. (CDC/) While most states are reopening or have completely lifted restrictions on businesses, it’s not time to celebrate the end of the pandemic yet. Last week, the US saw the highest number of infections in a single day since the […]