Tag Archives: COVID Vaccine

CDC Ends COVID Quarantine, Testing Recommendations

The Associated Press reports: The nation’s top public health agency relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines Thursday, dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person. The CDC also said people no longer need to stay at least 6 feet away from others. The changes, which come more than 2 1/2 years after the …

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Biden Admin To Offer Updated Booster In September

The New York Times reports: The Biden administration now expects to begin a Covid-19 booster campaign with retooled vaccines in September because Pfizer and Moderna have promised that they can deliver doses by then, according to people familiar with the deliberations. With updated formulations apparently close at hand, federal officials have decided against expanding eligibility for second boosters of the …

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FDA Authorizes Novavax’s Two-Dose COVID Vaccine

CNBC reports: The Food and Drug Administration has authorized Novavax’s two-dose vaccine for adults ages 18 and over, the fourth Covid shot to get emergency approval in the U.S. since the pandemic began. The FDA decision comes weeks after its committee of independent vaccine experts voted overwhelming in favor of Novavax’s shot in early June, after an all-day public meeting …

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NYC Issues Mask Advisory As Cases Surge Once Again

New York City’s CBS affiliate reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID is a concern in New York City. All five boroughs have a “high” community level and that’s prompting local health officials to recommend New Yorkers wear masks again. The city is up to a 15.4 percent positivity rate. But going back to wearing masks might …

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Florida Ousts Pro-Vax Pediatrician From State Board

Florida Politico reports: Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is pushing out a pediatrician from a board in charge of running the state’s Healthy Kids program because of her viewpoints on vaccines for children under five. Patronis’ office notified Dr. Lisa Gwynn [photo], who is also serving as the president of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, …

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Study: COVID Vaccines Saved 20M Lives In First Year

The Associated Press reports: Nearly 20 million lives were saved by COVID-19 vaccines during their first year, but even more deaths could have been prevented if international targets for the shots had been reached, researchers reported Thursday. The effort, though marred by persisting inequities, prevented deaths on an unimaginable scale, said Oliver Watson of Imperial College London, who led the …

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Florida Grocer Won’t Offer COVID Vax To Youngest Kids

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Since COVID-19 vaccines first became available, Publix has played a major role in tackling the public health emergency in Florida by offering vaccines to adults and, later, children as young as 5. But the Lakeland grocery company says it will not offer the vaccine approved for children ages 4 and under “at this time.” Spokesperson …

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Fauci Tests Positive For COVID, Has Mild Symptoms

CNBC reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leader of the U.S. government’s Covid pandemic response effort, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Fauci, who is fully vaccinated and twice boosted against Covid, is experiencing mild symptoms, according to a statement Wednesday from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which he leads. “Dr. Fauci will isolate and continue to work …

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AP: New Vax May Be Acceptable To Military Refusers

The Associated Press reports: The Novavax vaccine may be an acceptable option for some of the 27,000 service members who have sought religious exemptions from the mandatory vaccine. Military officials say many troops who refuse the shots cite certain COVID-19 vaccines’ remote connection to abortions. Laboratory-grown cell lines descended from fetuses that were aborted decades ago were used in some …

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FDA Advisors Recommend Fourth COVID Vaccine

The Washington Post reports: A panel of independent vaccine experts recommended Tuesday that the Food and Drug Administration authorize a coronavirus vaccine developed by the Maryland biotechnology company Novavax, paving the way for the fourth shot in the United States. The experts’ vote was 21 in favor of authorizing the Novavax vaccine, with one abstention. But it remained unclear when …

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CDC: Over 80M COVID Vax Doses Wasted So Far In US

NBC News reports: Pharmacies, states, U.S. territories and federal agencies discarded 82.1 million Covid vaccine doses from December 2020 through mid-May — just over 11 percent of the doses the federal government distributed, according to data the CDC shared with NBC News. Two retail pharmacy chains, CVS and Walmart, were responsible for over a quarter of the doses thrown away …

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STUDY: Two Million In UK Suffering From Long COVID

The Guardian reports: Two million people in the UK are thought to be living with long Covid, data has revealed, the highest figure since official surveys began.While Covid can cause a period of acute illness, some people continue to experience symptoms, such as breathlessness, muscle aches and fatigue, for months or even years – a condition that has been labelled …

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Novavax Seeks FDA Approval For Its COVID Vaccine

Axios reports: As one of America’s first big bets under Operation Warp Speed, Novavax’s COVID vaccine is notably late to the party as the Maryland biotech seeks a potential FDA emergency use authorization for its COVID shot. But company leaders say they see a clear runway to market success for its protein-based product — not only as a booster for …

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Fauci: Annual COVID Vax Boosters Likely From Now On

The New York Daily News reports: The persistence of the virus means yearly vaccine booster shots could be in store for everyone, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical adviser, told PIX 11 in an interview. “We’re going to be dealing with this virus on a chronic basis,” Fauci said. “We really hope … it will reach a level …

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NYC Moves To High Level COVID Alert As Cases Climb

NBC New York reports: New York City raised its COVID alert level to high on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after warning of the possibility, as a fifth pandemic wave fueled by the most contagious COVID subvariants yet tighten their grip on the metro area and the nation. The five boroughs had been in a “medium” COVID alert state since …

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Christian Parents Sue Michigan Hospital For Requiring Vaccinations Before Kidney Transplant For Daughter

The Detroit Press reports: The mother of a west Michigan teenager is suing Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for officials’ decision to require the girl be vaccinated before receiving a kidney transplant. The teen’s adoptive parents are arguing the hospital’s requirement violates their religious beliefs, although a medical expert said the transplant puts her at greater risk of death from infectious …

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WH Expects 100M New COVID Cases Over Fall/Winter

The Hill reports: The White House is preparing for as many as 100 million Americans to get infected with COVID-19 during a wave this fall and winter, a senior administration official said Friday, but warns there will not be enough vaccines or treatments to protect everyone unless Congress provides new funding. A senior administration official told a small group of …

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Fox Host: Biden Is Wrong, We’re Not All Vaccinated

“They tried to make a big deal. The event said you had to be vaccinated in order to attend. I know, because I was invited and I didn’t go for many reasons, but that as was one of them. “They tried to call out Fox News and say ‘Look! Fox News is all vaccinated!’ No, that’s not true. He’s not …

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NYT: Coronavirus Cases Rising In Almost Every State

The New York Times reports: Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are rising in a majority of American states, in what appears to be the first widespread increase since the peak of the Omicron surge in January. Reports of new cases were nearly flat in the United States at the beginning of April, but as the month draws to a close, they …

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Moderna Seeks Vax Approval For Children Under Six

The Associated Press reports: Moderna on Thursday asked U.S. regulators to authorize low doses of its COVID-19 vaccine for children younger than 6, a long-awaited move toward potentially opening shots for millions of tots by summer. Frustrated families are waiting impatiently for a chance to protect the nation’s littlest kids as all around them people shed masks and other public …

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