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FDA Advisers Urge Targeting JN.1 Strain in Recipe for Fall’s COVID Vaccines

Moderna, Pfizer and Novavax all said they could have supplies of JN.1-specific shots ready by fall, although they didn't provide amounts. read more >
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Hank’s Furniture Illegally Fired Worker Over COVID Shot Refusal, Lawsuit Says

The company allegedly denied an employee's request to be exempt from its vaccine requirement based on her Christian beliefs. read more >
Pacific GeneTech Executive Chairman Louis Bowen, left, and CEO Tim Collard have licensed vaccine technologies from the University of Arkansas System.
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Animal Vaccine Maker Pacific GeneTech Ramps Up with HQ Plans

The company, which has licensed a line of vaccine innovations from the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture, is building offices, a research lab and a manufacturing plant in north Springdale. Its mission is to provide vaccine technologies to protect poultry, swine, ruminants, fish and, perhaps soon, people. read more >
A 3D illustration of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.
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US Approves 1st Vaccine for RSV After Decades of Attempts

The move sets the stage for adults 60 and older to get vaccinated this fall — but first, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must decide if every senior really needs RSV protection or only those considered at high risk from the respiratory syncytial virus. read more >
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Senators Press Moderna CEO on COVID-19 Vaccine Price Hike

The drug maker plans to charge a list price of around $130 per dose for the vaccine in the U.S. read more >
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Health Care Vaccine Mandate Remains as Some Push for an End

One year after it began being enforced nationwide on Feb. 20, 2022, the vaccination requirement affecting an estimated 10 million health care workers is the last remaining major mandate from President Joe Biden's sweeping attempt to boost national vaccination rates. read more >
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Flu Vaccine Worked Well in Season That Faded Fast, CDC Says

The vaccines were more than 40% effective in preventing adults from getting sick enough from the flu that they had to go to a doctor's office, clinic or hospital. read more >
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US Proposes Once-a-Year COVID Shots for Most Americans

The FDA will ask its panel of outside vaccine experts to weigh in at a meeting Thursday. read more >
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Pandemic’s Toll: UAMS Study Says 1 in 4 Lost Friend or Family Member

More than 70% of Arkansans who died from COVID-19 since February 2021 were not fully vaccinated. read more >
Arkansas State University professors Amanda Carpenter, left, and Cameron Wimpy
Education / Health Care

A-State Study Looks at Vaccine Hesitancy

The project is funded by the Arkansas Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. read more >
Cambridge, MA, USA - June 29, 2022: Moderna logo is seen at the entrance to its headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Moderna, Inc., is an American pharmaceutical and biotechnology
Health Care

Merck, Moderna Say Skin Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise

The drugmakers said it led to a statistically significant improvement in survival. read more >
UAMS College of Pharmacy professor Geoffrey Curran, who has been named a principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health-funded project aimed at addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in rural areas.
Health Care

UAMS Professor Helps Lead NIH-Funded Vaccine Hesitancy Study

Geoffrey Curran is working with rural pharmacists to identify the methods that work best for addressing hesitancy in a pharmacy setting. read more >
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Pfizer Says COVID-19 Vaccine Will Cost $110-$130 Per Dose

Commercial pricing for adult doses could start early next year, depending on when the government phases out its program of buying and distributing the shots. read more >
Health Care

FDA Clears Updated COVID Boosters for Kids as Young as 5

There's one more step before parents can bring their kids in for the new shot: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommends how vaccines are used, must sign off. read more >
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Pacific GeneTech Secures $10M for Expansion to Northwest Arkansas

Funds will be used for a new adjuvant manufacturing facility, vaccine development lab and management office in the region. read more >
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Moderna Says Updated COVID Shot Boosts Omicron Protection

Moderna's preliminary study results show people given the combination shot experienced a higher boost in omicron-fighting antibodies than if they just got a fourth dose of the original vaccine. read more >
Former President Bill Clinton speaks to panelists on March 29 during the Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture "Investing in a Healthier Future," hosted by the Clinton School of Public Service.
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Clinton’s NIH Support Sparked ‘Golden Age’ of Biomedical Research, Scientists Say

A panel including Dr. Anthony Fauci recalled the Clinton era as a turning point in vaccine development and the fight against HIV/AIDS. read more >
A traveler at Los Angeles International Airport walks past a COVID-19 testing site. 
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

AP Sources: White House Seeks Another $30B for COVID Battle

The majority of the money would be spent on vaccines and treatments. read more >
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UAMS Gets $10M Grant to Expand Vaccine Outreach Efforts

The funds will help support vaccination efforts in the most vulnerable and medically underserved communities across the state. read more >
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Biden Administration Officially Withdraws Workplace Vaccine Rule

OSHA said it still strongly encourages workers to get vaccinated. read more >