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AstraZeneca COVID vaccine 70% effective vs B117 variant

AstraZeneca COVID vaccine 70% effective vs B117 variant

Data from a UK phase 2/3 clinical trial suggest the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-vaccine is 70.4% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 caused by the B117 variant, which was identified in the United Kingdom in late 2020. The data, published in The Lancet yesterday, also showed it was 28.9% effective at preventing asymptomatic infections or cases with unknown symptoms.

News Scan for Mar 31, 2021

News Scan for Mar 31, 2021

Racial disparities in COVID vaccine uptake noted, even in health workers Racial and ethnic differences in intention to receive a COVID-19 vaccine were comparable across both healthcare workers (HCWs) and the general public in the San Francisco Bay area this winter, according to survey results published yesterday in JAMA Internal Medicine. The survey, led by

News Scan for Mar 30, 2021

News Scan for Mar 30, 2021

Study shows deeper COVID impact in socially vulnerable neighborhoods An analysis of neighborhood-level data in three US cities highlights the racial and socioeconomic disparities in COVID-19 positivity, incidence, and mortality, researchers reported today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. For the study, researchers from Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health used data on the

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Mar 29, 2021

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Mar 29, 2021

Trial suggests shorter antibiotic course for hospitalized pneumonia The results of a randomized clinical trial conducted in France indicate that 3 days of beta-lactam therapy is non-inferior to 8 days of treatment in patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia who meet clinical stability criteria after 3 days, French investigators reported last week in The Lancet Infectious

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Mar 26, 2021

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Mar 26, 2021

Our weekly wrap-up of antimicrobial stewardship & antimicrobial resistance scans Report highlights barriers to hospital stewardship in LMICs Interviews with clinicians at hospitals in three low- and middle-income countries highlight some of the barriers to appropriate antibiotic prescribing in these settings, according to a study published yesterday in Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control. For the study,

EPA sued over streptomycin use on citrus trees

EPA sued over streptomycin use on citrus trees

A coalition of public interest, environmental health, and farmworker advocacy groups is suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its decision to allow widespread use of a medically important antibiotic to prevent and treat a bacterial disease that affects citrus trees. The lawsuit, filed this week in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, is asking