Bioethics.com

Subscribe to Bioethics.com feed
Your global information source on bioethics news, issues, & events
Updated: 2 hours 58 min ago

Anti-Vaxxers Aren’t the Cause of America’s Dropping Vaccine Rates

May 5, 2021

(Vox) – The best analogy I’ve heard to explain the trend comes from Brown University School of Public Health dean Ashish Jha: Think of what happens when a new iPhone is released. When a new model comes out, some people are so enthusiastic about it that they’ll line up overnight to get it. Those superfans aren’t the only people who ever buy iPhones, but they cause a rush of initial demand. That’s similar to many Americans who’ve gotten the vaccine so far: They got shots the moment they were eligible, even if, for some, it meant staying on hold on the phone for hours, constantly refreshing clunky, overloaded websites for days, or driving for hours out of their way to get a shot. 

The post Anti-Vaxxers Aren’t the Cause of America’s Dropping Vaccine Rates first appeared on Bioethics.com.

Canada Become First Country to Approve Pfizer Vaccine for Children 12-15

May 5, 2021

(The Guardian) – Canada has became the first nation in the world to authorise the use of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine in children aged 12 to 15, describing the move as a light at the end of the tunnel. upriya Sharma, a senior adviser at the Canadian federal health ministry, said on Wednesday that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was safe and effective in the younger age group.

The post Canada Become First Country to Approve Pfizer Vaccine for Children 12-15 first appeared on Bioethics.com.

Woman from Mali Gives Birth to 9 Babies in Morocco

May 5, 2021

(Associated Press) – Yacoub Khalaf, a professor of reproductive medicine at King’s College London, said that such births would be extraordinarily unlikely without fertility treatment, and noted the dangers involved with such multiple births.

The post Woman from Mali Gives Birth to 9 Babies in Morocco first appeared on Bioethics.com.

Operating Rooms Go Under the Knife

May 5, 2021

(New York Times) – Their goal: to rethink the layout as well as plan for the future, and the South Carolina team is not alone. The problem of squeezing people and a variety of machines — not to mention robots — into surgical suites designed decades ago is forcing a change. From increasing in size to reorienting the layout, hospitals — especially those that are part of large university medical centers — are bringing together surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses with architects, engineers and administrative staff to rethink the modern operating room. But even older community hospitals, with more limited budgets, are getting creative, since surgeries are an all-important source of revenue.

The post Operating Rooms Go Under the Knife first appeared on Bioethics.com.

COVID ‘Doesn’t Discriminate by Age’: Serious Cases on the Rise in Younger Adults

May 5, 2021

(Medscape) – After spending much of the past year tending to elderly patients, doctors are seeing a clear demographic shift: young and middle-aged adults make up a growing share of the patients in covid-19 hospital wards. It’s both a sign of the country’s success in protecting the elderly through vaccination and an urgent reminder that younger generations will pay a heavy price if the outbreak is allowed to simmer in communities across the country

The post COVID ‘Doesn’t Discriminate by Age’: Serious Cases on the Rise in Younger Adults first appeared on Bioethics.com.

One of the World’s Poorest Countries Has One of the World’s Lowest COVID Death Rates

May 4, 2021

(NPR) – Haiti has one of the lowest death rates from COVID-19 in the world.  As of the end of April, only 254 deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in Haiti over the course of the entire pandemic. The Caribbean nation, which often struggles with infectious diseases, has a COVID-19 death rate of just 22 per million. In the U.S. the COVID-19 death rate is 1,800 per million, and in parts of Europe. the fatality rate is approaching 3,000 deaths per million.

The post One of the World’s Poorest Countries Has One of the World’s Lowest COVID Death Rates first appeared on Bioethics.com.

China’s COVID Vaccines Are Going Global–But Questions Remain

May 4, 2021

(Nature) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering approving two of China’s COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use, potentially opening the door to wide distribution in lower-income nations through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) initiative. A successful outcome in the coming weeks might boost global confidence in these vaccines, say scientists. China’s five different vaccines have not been used widely in wealthy nations, but are already sustaining immunization campaigns in the global south.

The post China’s COVID Vaccines Are Going Global–But Questions Remain first appeared on Bioethics.com.

Why Some Hospitals Lack the Oxygen to Keep Patients Alive

May 4, 2021

(New York Times) – The latest horror of the pandemic is that large numbers of people around the world are dying for lack of access to medical oxygen, especially in India. Each day, tens of thousands of people are admitted to hospitals with Covid-19, driving the demand for the oxygen far beyond the supply. Oxygen makes up 21 percent of the atmosphere. A handful of companies capture and purify it in bulk, but they sell most of it to industry. Many poorer parts of the world lack the infrastructure needed to deliver or make use of the medical grade supplies those companies sell, which are designed to be delivered via pipes to hospital rooms.

The post Why Some Hospitals Lack the Oxygen to Keep Patients Alive first appeared on Bioethics.com.

Inside India’s COVID-19 Surge

May 4, 2021

(The New Yorker) – For Arora, as for many Indians, the apocalyptic COVID-19 surge the country now faces was unexpected. In March, cases started to rise in the western state of Maharashtra, home to Mumbai. “We thought it would be like the first wave,” Arora said. “We thought things would pick up but pretty much be manageable. You always reason from your past experience.” Today, India is home to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world—a medical and humanitarian crisis on a scale not yet seen during the pandemic. Though the reported case numbers are in the hundreds of thousands, some experts estimate that millions of Indians are infected each day; thousands are dying, with more deaths going uncounted or unreported. More than one in every five coronavirus tests returns positive—a marker of insufficient testing and rampant viral spread. Hospitals are running out of oxygen, staff, and beds; makeshift funeral pyres burn through the night as crematoriums are flooded with dead bodies.

The post Inside India’s COVID-19 Surge first appeared on Bioethics.com.

A Crisis of Undiagnosed Cancers Is Emerging in the Pandemic’s Second Year

May 4, 2021

(ProPublica) – In the shadows of COVID-19, another crisis has emerged. With the pandemic in its second year and hope intermittently arriving along with vaccine vials, it’s as if a violent flood has begun to recede, exposing the wreckage left in its wake. Amid the damage is an untold number of cancers that went undiagnosed or untreated as patients postponed annual screenings, and as cancer clinics and hospitals suspended biopsies and chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Across the country, preventive cancer screenings plummeted by as much as 94% during the first four months of last year. At Mount Sinai, the number of mammograms dropped by 96% during that same period. By July, screenings had started to rebound, both nationally and at Mount Sinai, but still trailed pre-COVID-19 numbers. Fewer screenings led to a decline in new diagnoses, which one study found fell by more than 50% for some cancers last year. But people didn’t stop getting cancer; they stopped getting diagnosed.

The post A Crisis of Undiagnosed Cancers Is Emerging in the Pandemic’s Second Year first appeared on Bioethics.com.

The Era of Mass Vaccination Is Ending

May 4, 2021

(The Atlantic) – The era of mass vaccinations is ending: Although these big sites were key to speeding up vaccinations after a rocky start in the winter, many are beginning to find themselves idle as the country’s daily vaccination rate falls from its mid-April peak. “We are running out of eager, enthusiastic people who will chase down the vaccine wherever we put it,” says Kelly Moore, the deputy director of the nonprofit Immunization Action Coalition. But with more than half of Americans still unvaccinated, the COVID-19 immunization campaign is far from over. It is now entering a new phase. Instead of in convention centers and arenas, shots will be distributed across a larger number of smaller sites: pharmacies, doctors’ offices, churches, mosques, factory parking lots, barbershops, bars, breweries, even individual homes.

The post The Era of Mass Vaccination Is Ending first appeared on Bioethics.com.

Europe’s Troubled Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Turns the Corner

May 4, 2021

(Wall Street Journal) – A spring surge in Covid-19 cases is beginning to recede in Europe as the continent’s vaccine rollout is finally gathering pace, boosting hopes of a broad reopening of the region’s economy before the summer. Unlike the U.S., the U.K. or Israel, which brought the coronavirus somewhat under control earlier this year thanks in part to an early and rapid vaccine rollout, continental Europe faced a late-winter rebound in infections as governments there struggled to get shots to people.

The post Europe’s Troubled Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Turns the Corner first appeared on Bioethics.com.

Pfizer Exporting US-Made COVID-19 Vaccines to Mexico, Canada

May 4, 2021

(Medscape) – Pfizer began exporting COVID-19 vaccines to Mexico last week that were made in its U.S. plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan, according to Reuters. Last week’s shipment marks the first time that Pfizer has delivered doses abroad from U.S. facilities after a Trump administration restriction on dose exports expired at the end of March, the news outlet reported. Pfizer has shipped more than 10 million doses to Mexico so far, including 2 million last week, and has become Mexico’s largest COVID-19 vaccine supplier. Until now, Pfizer and BioNTech have supplied other countries with doses from the main European production plant in Belgium.

The post Pfizer Exporting US-Made COVID-19 Vaccines to Mexico, Canada first appeared on Bioethics.com.

Brazil Defends Decision to Reject Russia’s Covid-19 Vaccine, Citing Safety and Efficacy

May 3, 2021

(Wall Street Journal) – Brazil’s health authority said it has serious doubts about the safety and efficacy of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine and defended its decision to block the shot for emergency use, saying Russia lacks vaccine experience and was defensive in its responses to the agency. The agency, Anvisa, declined to approve the vaccine last week despite a shortage of Covid-19 shots in the hard-hit country and a Sputnik V rollout in more than 60 countries that have already approved the vaccine for use.

The post Brazil Defends Decision to Reject Russia’s Covid-19 Vaccine, Citing Safety and Efficacy first appeared on Bioethics.com.

First Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Released in the United States

May 3, 2021

(Nature) – After a decade of fighting for regulatory approval and public acceptance, a biotechnology firm has released genetically engineered mosquitoes into the open air in the United States for the first time. The experiment, launched this week in the Florida Keys — over the objections of some local critics — tests a method for suppressing populations of wild Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which can carry diseases such as Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.

The post First Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Released in the United States first appeared on Bioethics.com.

The F.D.A. Is Set to Authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Those 12-15 Years Old by Early Next Week.

May 3, 2021

(New York Times) – The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to authorize use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in adolescents 12 to 15 years old by early next week, according to federal officials familiar with the agency’s plans, opening up the nation’s vaccination campaign to millions more Americans.

The post The F.D.A. Is Set to Authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Those 12-15 Years Old by Early Next Week. first appeared on Bioethics.com.

Study: Brazilian Variant May Be More Transmissible

May 3, 2021

(Medscape) – The coronavirus variant first detected in Brazil appears to be much more transmissible than other versions of the virus, a new study says. The study, first published in Science, also said the variant called P.1 might be able to evade immunity that people gained after previously being infected with coronavirus.

The post Study: Brazilian Variant May Be More Transmissible first appeared on Bioethics.com.

World to Spend $157 Billion on COVID-19 Vaccines Through 2025: Report

May 3, 2021

(Medscape) – Total global spending on COVID-19 vaccines is projected to reach $157 billion by 2025, driven by mass vaccination programs underway and “booster shots” expected every two years, according to a report by U.S. health data company IQVIA Holdings Inc released on Thursday.

The post World to Spend $157 Billion on COVID-19 Vaccines Through 2025: Report first appeared on Bioethics.com.

India’s Covid Calamity Has Sick Caring for the Sicker: ‘Alone to Save My Family’

May 3, 2021

(Wall Street Journal) – The wave of Covid-19 sweeping India has hit hard and suddenly, swallowing entire families and neighborhoods and, in many cases, leaving the sick to care for the sicker. Those still healthy risk infection in crowded pharmacies, clinics and hospitals trying to find medicine and medical help for loved ones.

The post India’s Covid Calamity Has Sick Caring for the Sicker: ‘Alone to Save My Family’ first appeared on Bioethics.com.

Family of Teacher Who Died After AstraZeneca Shot Seeks Answers

May 3, 2021

(Wall Street Journal) – It was 11 days after Ms. Pennino had received her first dose of the AstraZeneca PLC Covid-19 vaccine. A week later, she died in the hospital of an extremely rare combination of a serious blood clot, or thrombosis, and low levels of platelets, a blood component that plays a key role in clotting. The sometimes-deadly combination is so rare that scientists don’t know how often it occurs in the general population. Regulators and scientists in Europe have identified the condition in more than 350 people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca shot.

The post Family of Teacher Who Died After AstraZeneca Shot Seeks Answers first appeared on Bioethics.com.

Pages