There are currently over 20 clinical trials underway searching for a COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has been following the progress of these efforts. She's been recently intrigued by the "Oxford vaccine," which is being studied in the United Kingdom.  "This has been peer-reviewed,"  said Nielsen, who explained "it uses a genetically-modified adenovirus" to produce neutralizing antibodies. The British effort is funded in part by money from the U.S. federal government "with the promises that we will be able to get vaccine doses if they are effective. "

News of a potential vaccine for the coronavirus emerged earlier this week. "It's quite promising," said Dr. Nancy Nielsen of the development. In discussing a peer-reviewed study in the New England Journal of Medicine, Nielsen, the Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, said the potential vaccine will soon be tested on thousands of people.

President Trump on Friday unveiled more details of "Operation Warp Speed" – an effort to accelerate the development of a vaccine and medical treatments for the coronavirus by January.

"We're looking to get it by the end of the year if we can, maybe before," Trump said as top medical, military and Cabinet officials, many of them wearing face masks, joined him in the Rose Garden.

Trump compared the effort to the Manhattan Project – the World War II effort to build the first nuclear weapon.

Labs throughout the world  are searching for an answer to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some seem to making progress, so says Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean of Health Policy at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Of the 100 vaccines in development, she says eight are in trials with human patients.


The University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester Regional Health are among the institutions partnering with the drug company Pfizer and the immunotherapy company BioNTech to test a group of COVID-19 vaccine candidates.

There's a chance that hundreds of millions of doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine could be available by early next year, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House coronavirus task force, said Thursday, even though the federal government has not approved a vaccine against the virus.

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Two teenagers, who are not vaccinated because of religious beliefs, were kicked out of school. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says now the mother of the teens is suing the Orchard Park School District.

Imagine if the flu was about as common as diphtheria, measles or other relatively rare viruses. Researchers say if a universal vaccine being tested right now does what they hope it will, people would be able to get a flu shot that protects against any form of influenza.

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Not feeling well? Maybe with a fever and a tummy that doesn't feel good? You may have joined this year's early flu season.

Rabies vaccine bait drops begin this week

Aug 15, 2016
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New Yorkers may see planes and helicopters overhead this week, dropping thousands of pellets across city and rural areas. It is the annual rabies vaccine air drop and there are some things to remember when you see the waxy green, vanilla-scented packets.

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Parents are being reminded that any child entering 7th or 12th grade must have received a shot of meningitis vaccine before September 1 this year. Without proof of vaccination, they will not be allowed to start school.