Health News Roundup: Serum Institute to Produce Ebola Vaccine for Use in Uganda Outbreak; Moderna signs deal on variant-friendly COVID vaccines for the world’s poorest and more

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Serum Institute to produce Ebola vaccine for use in Uganda outbreak

The Serum Institute of India plans to manufacture 20,000 to 30,000 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine by the end of November for use in trials against an outbreak in Uganda, its developers and a company source said. . Response to the outbreak in Uganda has been blunted by the lack of a proven vaccine against the Sudanese strain of the virus.

Moderna signs deal on variant-friendly COVID vaccines for the world’s poorest

Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) has agreed to provide its novel, variant-tailored COVID-19 vaccine to the global program to provide vaccines to the world’s poorest people. The biotech company and the GAVI vaccine alliance will cancel their existing supply agreement for vaccines based on the original strain of coronavirus. Instead, Moderna will provide up to 100 million doses of its new variant-appropriate vaccines at its lowest available price starting in 2023.

US health regulator extends review of Biogen’s ALS drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended a review of Biogen Inc’s investigational treatment for an inherited form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by three months, the company announced Monday. Biogen said it submitted responses to FDA information requests, which the agency said would require additional time for review, and set a new target action date of April 25, 2023.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledges $1.2 billion to eradicate polio

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation said Sunday it would commit $1.2 billion to support efforts to end all forms of polio worldwide. Poliomyelitis is a highly contagious disease that is spread primarily through contamination by faecal matter, used to kill and paralyze thousands of children every year. Although there is no known cure, three injections of the vaccine provide almost 100% immunity.

Trump administration blocked CDC transit mask mandate, report says

Former President Donald Trump’s administration at a crucial time during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 prevented the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from passing a federal mandate requiring face masks on airline flights and other forms of transit, a released congressional report said Monday. Marty Cetron, a senior CDC official, is quoted in the report as saying the federal public health agency began working on the proposed order in July 2020 after its experts determined there was scientific evidence. to justify the requirement of masks in public and commercial transport.

China reports 921 new COVID cases for October 16 from 1,026 a day earlier

China reported 921 new COVID-19 infections on October 16, of which 245 were symptomatic and 676 asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said Monday. That compares with 1,026 new cases a day earlier – 244 symptomatic infections and 782 asymptomatic infections, which China counts separately.

Cheaper hearing aids in the US will go on sale Monday

Major U.S. retailers will begin selling lower-cost hearing aids without a prescription or medical exam under the Biden administration’s final rules that go into effect Monday. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in August approved the sale of over-the-counter hearing aids, allowing millions of Americans to purchase hearing aids without seeing an audiologist and potentially saving thousands of dollars.

Without a monkeypox vaccine at home, frustrated Mexicans go abroad

As monkeypox continues to impact gay and bisexual men in dozens of countries around the world, at-risk Mexicans are traveling abroad for vaccines they say their government hasn’t taken the trouble to make available to them. Mexico ranks ninth in the world for total cases, according to the World Health Organization, but authorities have not announced plans to acquire vaccines even as other Latin American countries receive shipments.

Hair straightening products linked to risk of uterine cancer – study

Hair straightening products can significantly increase the risk of developing uterine cancer in those who use them frequently, according to a large study published Monday. “We estimated that 1.64% of women who have never used a hair straightener would develop uterine cancer before the age of 70, but for frequent users this risk rises to 4.05% “, Alexandra White, study leader at the US National Institute of Environmental Health Safety (NIEHS) said in a statement.

Planned Parenthood asks North Carolina court to let more health workers perform abortions

Abortion providers in North Carolina on Monday asked a state court to allow medical professionals other than doctors to perform medical abortions, as clinics struggle to accommodate an influx of abortion patients of the southern United States. Planned Parenthood South Atlantic and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective have filed a petition seeking temporary relief from a state law that prohibits “advanced practice clinicians,” including nurse practitioners and physician assistants, from practicing abortions.

(With agency contributions.)

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