Coronavirus News Roundup: Johnson and Johnson Resumes Vaccine in Europe, Rapid Antigen Test Now Available for OTC Purchase

Here’s a roundup of the latest coronavirus-related news.

This week, President Biden opened COVID-19 vaccination to all Americans over the age of 16 years. While more Americans are gearing up to get their shots, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine resumed distribution in Europe after a safety pause, and rapid antigen COVID-19 tests have been made available for OTC purchase in some pharmacies.

Here’s a roundup of the latest coronavirus-related news.

Johnson & Johnson to Resume Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine in Europe

The European Medicines Agency determined that the benefits of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the risks. The vaccine is still paused in the United States.

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Walgreens to Sell Abbott’s OTC COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test

Beginning this week, the OTC self-administered rapid antigen test will be available in Walgreens stores for $23.99.

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What Contributes to Severe COVID-19 in Kids

COVID-19 may be mild in most cases for children, but severe cases do happen. An investigation offers insight into what factors may contribute to those cases.

Read more on Contemporary Pediatrics.

Shingles Seen As Side Effect of the Pfizer Vaccine Among Those With AIIRD

Six patients among 491 with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases (AIIRD) developed shingles after being vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine compared to none among 99 controls, researchers reported.

Read more on Managed Healthcare Executive