Vaccine has benefits even for those with past COVID-19 infections

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The claim: If you have natural immunity from a bout of COVID-19, you don’t need the vaccine

Despite coronavirus cases and deaths rising in parts of the U.S., many Americans still remain undecided about getting vaccinated. A survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation Vaccine Monitor found 46% of unvaccinated respondents said they definitely will not get vaccinated by the year’s end or at all.

Part of that hesitancy was a belief the COVID-19 shot posed a bigger health risk than the virus itself – a fear cited by 53% of unvaccinated respondents. Another part may have to do with the

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: The term ‘breakthrough infection’ raises doubts about vaccines — but it shouldn’t

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In most cases, a “breakthrough” means a sudden, dramatic or important discovery. With Covid-19, however, the expression has been used to describe an infection that “broke” through the protective immunity of the vaccine – and this is sometimes misinterpreted as a sign the vaccine is not working.

For the public health community and the scientists who helped create the vaccines, however, “breakthrough infection” signifies just the opposite: proof the vaccine is doing its job, just as it should.

It is confusing: How well do the vaccines really work and what does it mean if someone still becomes infected

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Peru study finds Sinopharm COVID vaccine 50.4% effective against infections

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A Sinopharm sign is seen at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, China, September 5, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

LIMA/BEIJING, Aug 13 (Reuters) – A two-dose COVID-19 vaccine from China’s Sinopharm was 50.4% effective in preventing infections in health workers in Peru when it was seeing a surge in cases fuelled by virus variants, and booster shots can be considered, a study found.

The study involving Sinopharm’s BBIBP-CorV vaccine, which looked at data from February through June at a time when Peru was fighting a brutal second-wave of infections fuelled by the Lambda and Gamma

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Australia purchases Pfizer vaccines from Poland as COVID-19 infections spike

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By Paulina Duran

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia has purchased about 1 million doses of Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine from Poland to add to its inoculation efforts in Sydney and its home state, which on Saturday entered a snap lockdown https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/australias-victoria-reports-21-new-local-covid-19-cases-2021-08-13 amid record new infections.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday the extra vaccines would start arriving immediately and over half will be directed to 20- to 39-year-olds in New South Wales, as the state reported its second largest increase in locally transmitted infections. [L4N2PL09M]

Morrison has been under pressure for a sluggish vaccine rollout, with only about 24% of

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NIH director: COVID-19 infections among children ‘very worrisome’

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The director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on Sunday that he is worried about the number of pediatric COVID-19 cases, noting at least 400 children have died from the virus.

“We are also seeing a sharp rise in the number of pediatric cases, both unvaccinated kids and vaccinated kids who are getting COVID from this new delta variant. How bad could that spike in pediatric cases get?” Fox News Sunday’s Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceAnything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi’s retirement. Here’s why Biden walks fine line with Fox News Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave

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