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Q: In light of the variants, will I need a Covid-19 booster shot?
A: Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it’s “possible” that the Covid-19 vaccine could become a yearly vaccine, like the flu shot.
“We hope we can contain this particular outbreak and all of its ramifications throughout the world in a way that doesn’t have the … cycling of various versions of the virus so that you have to address it differently each year,” Fauci said in an interview with Spectrum News’ Lisa McRee on Tuesday.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
Did North Korea hack Pfizer and steal vaccine data?
The answer depends on who you ask in South Korea. Lawmaker Ha Tae-keung told reporters Tuesday that he and other members of the National Assembly Intelligence committee were briefed by the country’s spy agency about an alleged hack of drugmaker Pfizer by North Korea. Later that morning, the agency rebutted Ha’s claims, saying it “reported general incidences of hacking attempts” of coronavirus vaccine developers to Ha and the committee, but “did not specify any company names including Pfizer.”
But this is not the first time North Korean cybercriminals have been accused of stealing Covid-19 related information. Microsoft claimed in November that cyberattacks from North Korea targeted vaccine makers, sometimes “masquerading as World Health Organization representatives.”
South Africa scraps AstraZeneca, pivots to Johnson & Johnson vaccine
The country paused its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after preliminary trial data showed it offered minimal protection against mild to moderate illness caused by the variant of the virus that emerged in South Africa last year. The study, which has not yet been peer reviewed, was however unclear on whether the vaccine protected against severe disease from the B.1.351 variant.
Unequal distribution plagues Peru and Mexico
ON OUR RADAR
- Revelers breaching England’s pandemic rules attempted a rooftop escape after an illegal rave was shut down.
- Fauci won a $1 million Israeli prize for his work combating Covid-19 and other infectious diseases
- Tourists who take selfies with wild mountain gorillas could put the primates at risk of Covid-19, according to new research
- While many other destinations slammed their borders shut during the pandemic, the Maldives chose to fully reopen to travelers from any country, regardless of the status of the virus there. This made it one of the most successful tourism stories of 2020
- Did you survive Covid? Maybe you can thank your Neanderthal ancestors
- The number of new Covid-19 cases reported worldwide fell by 16% last week, says the World Health Organization
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“It’s been this typical political discussion about who are you going to blame as opposed to actually looking at the fact that educators want to be in classrooms, they want to be safe.” — Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers