Coronavirus shots may become an annual affair

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Today in healthcare news: Coronavirus-fighting booster shots are expected in the UK by the fall, an analysis around why delaying second doses might be worthwhile, and the US paid $44 million to Deloitte for a glitchy vaccine appointment system. 

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Booster shots are likely in the UK this fall to combat coronavirus variants — a sign vaccines may become an annual affair

  • Existing coronavirus vaccines may be less effective against the variant first found in South Africa.
  • Vaccine developers are working on updated shots to combat such variants.
  • The UK will probably distribute booster shots in the fall, then roll out new COVID-19 vaccines annually.

Read the full story from Aylin Woodward here>> 

Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a White House press briefing on January 21, 2021 in Washington DC.Alex Wong/Getty Images

Scientists, including Fauci, are facing off over whether to delay 2nd vaccine doses. Here’s why the risk of more mutations from delaying shots may ultimately be worth it.

  • Experts are split on whether to delay the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines to get more people immunized.
  • Prioritizing first doses means that more vulnerable people get some protection against coronavirus, which could save lives.
  • The risk of more coronavirus mutations could be the price we have to pay.

Read the full analysis from Dr. Catherine Schuster-Bruce here>>

ICU nurse Megan Tschacher shows off her vaccination card at UC Health Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado on December 14, 2020.Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post/Getty Images

The US paid Deloitte $44 million for a vaccine appointment system laden with glitches. Some states are scrambling for an alternative.

  • The CDC gave Deloitte $44 million as a federal contractor to build a website for vaccine appointments.
  • Most states chose not to use the tool due to concerns about its performance, but nine states opted in.
  • Several health officials from those states say they’re experiencing technical glitches, including site crashes and canceled appointments.

Read the full story from Aria Bendix here>>

More stories we’re reading: 

  • Be mindful of the information you’re sharing when you take your vaccine-card selfie (The New York Times) 
  • Biden said Trump’s handling of COVID-19 was ‘even more dire than we thought’ after finding insufficient vaccine supplies (Insider)
  • Experts think vaccine supply could exceed demand starting in April (The Wall Street Journal)
  • HAPPENING TOMORROW: Hear from healthcare’s biggest VCs on the future of digital health, biotech, and startups (Insider)

– Lydia

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