New data suggests delaying 2nd vaccine doses could be risky


This morning, the FDA released new data on Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine that found it’s safe and effective. We’ll hear more about J&J’s coronavirus vaccine on Friday when it goes in front of an FDA expert panel for review ahead of an emergency authorization. 

Also in healthcare news: Data from Scotland’s vaccine rollout suggest delaying second coronavirus vaccine doses could be risky, health systems are building their own health-tech startup, and inside the fallout between Modern Health’s cofounders. 

A frontline healthcare worker receives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination at the Park County Health Departments storefront clinic on January 5, 2021 in Livingston, Montana.Photo by William Campbell/Getty Images

Scotland’s vaccine rollout suggests delaying the 2nd COVID-19 shot is a bad idea

  • The UK strategy to delay the second coronavirus vaccine dose for up to 12 weeks carries real risk.
  • Early data from Scotland showed protection against hospitalization peaking after five weeks.
  • Vaccine developers and public-health experts told Insider it’s a mistake to delay second doses.

Read the full story from Andrew Dunn here>>

Terry Myerson, a former Microsoft exec, will lead Truveta as CEO.Truveta

546 hospitals are joining forces to build a new kind of data startup that doesn’t just rely on big tech

  • Fourteen health systems are building their own health-tech startup.
  • They’ll use big tech for some things, but also build special software to sift through provider data.
  • Truveta’s leaders told Insider there are certain healthcare skills big tech has yet to master.

Read the full story from Blake Dodge here>>

They launched a $1 billion startup together. Then they broke up. How the relationship between Modern Health’s cofounders died.

  • Modern Health CEO Alyson Watson runs one of today’s hottest startups.
  • Meanwhile, the cofounder she fired is suing her, their company, and its main investor.
  • Founder breakups are common among successful companies. Here’s how good relationships turn bad.

Read the full investigation from Melia Russell here>>

More stories we’re reading:

  • Saudi-backed $2 billion healthcare startup Babylon Health has hired ex-Amazon and Google execs for a major US push (Insider)
  • Feel-good story of the week: This 105-year-old beat COVID-19 and credits gin-soaked raisins (The New York Times)
  • After an Insider investigation, ICE reverses its claim that it asked states to vaccinate detained immigrants (Insider)
  • The coronavirus strain first spotted in California appears to be more transmissible and dangerous (LA Times)

– Lydia

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