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FDA Panel Recommends Approval of Johnson & Johnson Booster Shot

In a unanimous vote, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisory panel on Friday recommended that the agency grant emergency use of booster shots of Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine.

The FDA is expected to make a decision within days that will help guide the 15 million Americans who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, many of whom have felt left out of the boo...

Vaccinated Foreign Travelers Can Enter United States Beginning Nov. 8

All international travelers who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will be able to enter the United States beginning Nov. 8, an official at the White House told The New York Times.

The announcement came on the heels of news on Wednesday that the United States would reopen its land borders to fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico for the first time ...

State Lotteries Didn't Help Boost Vaccination Rates

FRIDAY, Oct. 15, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- A shot at winning $1 million did nothing to budge the number of people who got the COVID-19 jab.

According to a new study, lotteries...

Two-Thirds of Parents of Kids Ages 5-11 Plan to Get Them Vaccinated Against COVID: Poll

In some heartening news on the vaccine front, two-thirds of American parents of children ages 5 to 11 plan to get their youngsters vaccinated when COVID-19 shots are approved for that age group, a new survey shows.

"While we're encouraged to see that a majority of parents intend to vaccinate their children against COVID-19 once they are eligible, there is clearly more work to be done to h...

Another Study Finds Pfizer, Moderna Shots Effective Against COVID Variants

The Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines protect against a number of coronavirus variants, including highly contagious Delta, another study confirms.

The findings come as breakthrough infections in vaccinated people raise questions about the vaccines' ability to protect against emerging variants.

The shots do "induce high levels of antibodies against Delta and most variants," said stud...

FDA Panel Supports Moderna Booster Shot for Older Adults, People at High Risk

Mirroring a similar recommendation issued last month for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, an expert advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended a half-dose booster shot of the Moderna vaccine be given to certain recipients six months after their second shot.

Panelists recommended that everyone aged 65 or older who received the two-dose Moderna regimen get a...

Is a Really Bad Flu Season on the Way?

It could be a bad flu season this year — and for a couple of years to come — in places in the United States where COVID-19 restrictions like social distancing and masking have been lifted, researchers warn.

These sorts of measures caused flu cases to decline by more than 60% within the first 10 weeks after COVID-19 lockdowns were implemented in 2020, Columbia University researchers fo...

Death Threats, Trolling Common for Scientists Who Speak to Media About COVID

Doctors who discuss COVID-19 in the media frequently face abuse and harassment, including threats of death or violence, a new report reveals.

More than two-thirds of experts surveyed have experienced trolling or personal attacks after speaking about COVID-19 in media interviews, a worldwide survey of more than 300 scientists found.

Further, a quarter said such harassment is a freque...

'Mix and Match'?  Study Supports Following J&J Vaccine With Pfizer, Moderna

Americans who got Johnson & Johnson's single-dose coronavirus vaccine may be better protected if they get a booster shot from Pfizer or Moderna, preliminary findings from a new government study suggest.

Published on the preprint server medRxiv and yet to be peer-reviewed, the National Institutes of Health study found mixing different coronavirus vaccines was safe and effective, but booste...

FDA Questions Strength of Johnson & Johnson's Booster Shot Data

In a development that could mean Johnson & Johnson might encounter resistance over its application for authorization of a booster shot of its coronavirus vaccine, a new analysis filed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday suggests the company's evidence may not be strong enough for approval.

A key test used by the company to measure immune response from a booster shot six ...

FDA Expert Panel to Weigh Approval of Moderna, Johnson & Johnson Booster Shots

Millions of Americans who got the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines have had to watch those who received the Pfizer vaccine roll up their sleeves for a booster shot, wondering when they will get the same chance at extra protection.

This Thursday and Friday, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will tackle that pressing question.

The panel's del...

U.S. to Reopen Borders to Vaccinated Travelers from Canada, Mexico

Beginning in November, the United States will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico for the first time since pandemic closures began 19 months ago, the Biden administration will announce Wednesday.

The move comes just weeks after U.S. officials said they would soon lift a similar ban on foreigners traveling to America from overseas.

Tuesday's action...

60% of Americans Will Delay or Skip Flu Shot This Year: Survey

Experts are warning that the upcoming flu season could be severe as social distancing measures are relaxed across the United States, but a new survey finds that 6 in 10 Americans may delay or skip a flu shot.

However, it also found that 98% of those who got a flu shot last season do plan to get one again this year.

While 82% of the 1,000 adult participants of the online survey sai...

Pfizer Seeks FDA Emergency Approval for COVID Vaccine in Younger Kids

Pfizer Inc. announced Thursday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency approval for its coronavirus vaccine to be given to children between the ages of 5 and 11.

"We're committed to working with the FDA with the ultimate goal of helping protect children against this serious public health threat," the company said in a

Studies Show Power of Pfizer Vaccine Starts to Wane After Two Months

Two new studies confirm that the immunity offered by two doses of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine drops off after about two months, although protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death holds strong.

The reports, from Israel and Qatar, add to evidence that suggests even fully vaccinated people need to continue to guard against COVID-19 infection.

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  • October 7, 2021
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  • WHO Approves First Malaria Vaccine, a Lifesaver for Children Worldwide

    The first vaccine to protect against malaria has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and could prevent the deaths of tens of thousands of children a year.

    Malaria kills about half a million people worldwide annually. Nearly all of those deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa and include 260,000 children under the age of 5, The New York Times reported.

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    COVID Hospitalizations Are Rising Among Unvaccinated Pregnant Women

    Since the rise of the Delta variant, one Texas hospital has seen a surge in severe COVID-19 among pregnant women — nearly all unvaccinated.

    Researchers at the Dallas hospital found that in late August and early September, 10% to 15% of pregnant patients who tested positive for COVID-19 needed to be hospitalized for severe illness.

    That was more than double the percentage of a year...

    'Breakthrough' COVID More Likely in People With Problem Drug, Alcohol Use

    Drug and alcohol abuse increase the risk of breakthrough COVID-19 infection as well as severe illness and death among fully vaccinated people, a new study shows.

    "First and foremost, vaccination is highly effective for people with substance use disorders, and the overall risk of COVID-19 among vaccinated people with substance use disorders is very low," study co-author Dr. Nora Volkow, di...

    Johnson & Johnson Seeks FDA Emergency Approval for Its Booster Shot

    Johnson & Johnson announced Tuesday that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve emergency use of its coronavirus booster shot.

    The request to authorize an extra vaccine dose for people who've previously received Johnson & Johnson's single-shot vaccine was filed Tuesday, the company said in a

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  • October 5, 2021
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  • Pfizer Vaccine 90% Effective Against Severe COVID-19 for at Least 6 Months: Study

    Full vaccination with the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been 90% effective in protecting against hospitalization for at least six months, a new study shows.

    That includes the time during which the highly contagious Delta variant has been circulating in the United States.

    For the study, researchers analyzed Kaiser Permanente Southern California data on more than 3.4 mil...

    Minorities Bore the Brunt of U.S. COVID Deaths: Study

    The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has hit minority groups in the United States hard, with significantly more deaths among Black and Hispanic Americans compared with white and Asian Americans, a new study finds.

    According to the report, these disparities highlight the need to address ongoing inequities influencing health and longevity in the United States.

    What's more, "focusing on CO...

    EU Drug Regulator OKs Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots

    Booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for people aged 18 and older have been given the green light by the European Medicines Agency.

    They "may be considered at least six months after the second dose for people aged 18 years and older," the European Union's drug regulator said Monday, the Associated Press reported.

    The advice is based on data showing that ...

    J&J to Ask FDA to Approve Its COVID Booster Shot

    MONDAY, Oct. 4, 2021 (Healthday News) -- Johnson & Johnson plans to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve emergency use of a booster shot of its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine early this week.

    While the request has yet to be submitted, the FDA on Friday scheduled an Oct. 15 meeting of its expert advisory panel to discuss whether a booster shot of the vaccine should receive em...

    U.S. Passes 700,000 COVID Deaths

    The United States has now surpassed 700,000 coronavirus deaths, as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to hold the country in its grip.

    America continues to have more COVID-19 deaths than any other the country in the world, followed by Brazil with more than 597,000 deaths, and India with more than 448,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins

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  • October 4, 2021
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  • U.S. Nursing Home Deaths Rise as Delta Spreads

    There has been a significant increase in COVID-related deaths in nursing homes as the highly contagious Delta spreads across the country, a new analysis shows.

    "While the vast majority of COVID-19 deaths happened outside of nursing homes in July and August, the high rate of increase within nursing homes indicates that residents and staff in these settings are at risk of death during the D...

    Flu Shot Even More Important During Pandemic: Expert

    Although the focus is on the COVID-19 vaccine, don't forget to also get your flu shot — it's important, an expert says.

    "In the United States, it is recommended that everyone over the age of 6 months be vaccinated against the flu, and there are many vaccines available that will fit your need based on age and other important risk factors," said Dr. Pedro Piedra. He is a professor of mole...

    1 in 4 Parents Say Their Kids Have Been Quarantined Since School Started

    One-quarter of U.S. parents report that their child has had to quarantine because of possible COVID-19 exposure since school started, a new poll finds.

    The nationally representative survey of 1,519 people conducted between Sept. 13 and Sept. 22 included 414 people who identified themselves as parents of children aged 17 and younger. Still, about two-thirds of parents said they thought sch...

    Americans Divided on Biden's Vaccine Mandate, Poll Finds

    Americans are of two minds about President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate, with political party affiliation playing a pivotal role in their opinions, a new poll finds.

    Most Democrats are for it and most Republicans are against it, the survey from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research revealed.

    Overall, the

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  • September 30, 2021
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  • CDC Pushes Hard on Vaccination for Pregnant Women in New Advisory

    The country's leading health agency on Wednesday implored all Americans who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant to get a coronavirus vaccine.

    COVID-19 poses a serious risk to women who are expecting, since they are vulnerable because of pregnancy's dampening effect on their immune system, experts say.

    But less than one-third of pregnant women have received cor...

    Black Parents Most Hesitant About COVID Vaccines for Kids: Poll

    In a survey of parents in metro Chicago, nearly half of Black parents (48%) said they were reluctant to have their kids vaccinated against COVID-19, researchers say.

    That's significantly higher than the 33% of Hispanic parents and 26% of white parents who expressed vaccine hesitancy, the findings showed.

    "As vaccines are becoming available to younger children, and with continued spi...

    AHA News: What Heart and Stroke Patients Should Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

    For people with heart disease and stroke, COVID-19 vaccines offer protection against the life-threatening disease caused by the coronavirus, and a booster dose could bolster that protection, health experts said.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which sets policy on vaccine use, recommended Pfizer booster vaccines for several groups last week. People 65 and older; residents ...

    Side Effects of Pfizer Booster Shots Similar to First Two Doses

    As millions of Americans sign up to get their Pfizer booster shot, a new government report delivers reassuring news about its expected side effects.

    The study, published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, evaluated the experiences of individuals who were able to get third doses starting in mid-August because they had compromised immune systems. In those cas...

    Pfizer Sends First Data to FDA on COVID Vaccines for Younger Kids

    Pfizer Inc. announced Tuesday that it has submitted initial data to federal regulators on the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine among younger children.

    The company is also expected to submit the same data on kids aged 5 to 11 to the European Medicines Agency and other regulatory authorities in the next few weeks, CNN reported.

    Last week, Pfizer released trial data that show...

    Delta Variant Convinced Many to Get Vaccinated: Poll

    The highly contagious Delta variant is the reason more people have decided to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a new poll shows.

    But the survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation also found that among unvaccinated Americans, nearly 75% say they believe that the nee...

    U.S. Appeals Panel Backs New York City's Vaccine Mandate for School Staff

    All of New York City's teachers and school staff will still need to get a coronavirus vaccine following an unexpected ruling from a federal appeals panel on Monday that upheld the school system's vaccine mandate.

    While Mayor Bill de Blasio recently ordered the city's school staff to get at least one vaccine dose by midnight Monday, that order was paused late last week by a judge of the U...

    Biden, McConnell Get Their Booster Shots

    Two of the country's top political leaders put talk into action on Monday, getting their booster doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

    As they received their third dose of vaccine, President Joe Biden and Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell both called for Americans to get vaccinated and to get their boosters when and if eligible, the Associated Press reported.

    Bo...

    You Think You Had COVID Before: Are You Really Immune Now?

    It seems like common sense for people who've had COVID-19 to think they now have natural immunity, and therefore don't have to bother getting vaccinated.

    Common sense, yes, but also incorrect, infectious disease doctors say.

    Your case of COVID — especially if it was very mild — probably didn't create enough of an immune response to provide lasting protection against SARS-CoV-2, ...

    Pfizer to Ask FDA Soon for Approval of Its COVID Vaccine for Younger Children

    Pfizer plans to request approval for use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children under 12 soon.

    "It is a question of days, not weeks," Pfizer chairman and CEO Albert Bourla told ABC News on Sunday when asked about when the company will submit vaccine data on children aged 5 to 11 to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    Right now, COVID-19 vaccines are only approved for childr...

    CDC Endorses Booster Shots for Millions of Americans

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday recommended booster shots of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine for millions of older and high-risk Americans, kicking off a new chapter in the national effort to protect the vulnerable from severe disease.

    First, an expert CDC advisory panel called for COVID-19 booster shots for those over 65, nursing home residents and other Amer...

    Trials Show COVID Vaccines Well Worth It for Cancer Patients

    If you have cancer and you think coronavirus vaccines may do you little good, don't let your hesitation stop you from getting the shots: A pair of clinical trials finds that patients' immune systems ramped up after vaccination.

    The findings were presented this week during a virtual meeting of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO Congress 2021).

    "We have to vaccinate all ...

    FDA Approves Pfizer Booster Shots for Seniors, High-Risk Americans

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Pfizer booster shots for people over 65 and for those at high risk of severe COVID-19.

    Under the emergency use authorization, the booster shots should be given at least six months after a person is fully vaccinated.

    Wednesday's move is likely the beginning of a staggered campaign to deliver booster shots to all Americans, s...

    U.S. to Buy 500 Million More COVID Vaccine Doses for Global Donation

    The United States will buy 500 million more doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine that it will donate to countries in need, President Biden announced at a virtual summit on the pandemic Wednesday.

    The United States is doubling its purchase of the vaccine to 1 billion doses as Biden hopes 70% of the world's population can be vaccinated within a year, the Associated Press reporte...

    CDC Expert Panel to Weigh In on Vaccine Boosters

    An advisory panel to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet on Wednesday to discuss which Americans, if any, should get Pfizer booster shots to rev up their immunity to COVID-19.

    Their recommendation will follow a decision by a U.S. Food and Drug Administration expert panel to only give booster shots to those over 65 and those in high-risk groups.

    The CDC pane...

    Pregnant Women Who Get COVID Vaccine Pass Antibodies to Newborns

    One way to help protect newborns from COVID-19 is for women to get their COVID vaccine while pregnant.

    A new study found that mothers-to-be who had either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine passed high levels of antibodies to their infants.

    Researchers from the NYU Grossman School of Medicine discovered that 100% of 36 newborns tested at the time of birth had protective antibo...

    Antibodies to Early Strains of COVID May Not Fight New Variants: Study

    Antibodies from current COVID-19 vaccines don't bind well to the new variants of the virus, a study finds.

    Researchers collected data from previously published papers about the sequence of antibodies produced by the vaccines. They focused on antibodies against the spike protein, a part of the virus that binds to receptors on human cells to infect them. It's the target of most vaccines.

    Booster Dose of J&J COVID Vaccine Increases Immunity

    Getting another shot of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine substantially increased its protection, the company announced Tuesday.

    According to the results of a new clinical trial, two doses of the vaccine boosts immunity to 94% from the 74% offered by a single dose, the company said in a statement.

    "Our single-shot vaccine generates strong immune responses and long-lasting immun...

    Which Kids Are at Highest Risk From COVID?

    Older children and kids with chronic diseases are those most likely to wind up in the hospital with COVID-19, researchers have found.

    Conditions such as obesity, diabetes and neurologic problems, among others, put kids at risk for severe COVID-19, according to a new U.S. study.

    "There's a myth circulating out there that children don't get sick from COVID-19, and that's kind of ...

    COVID Has Killed More Americans Than the Spanish Flu Did in 1918

    As the highly contagious Delta variant has swept across the United States, the country has reached a tragic milestone.

    COVID-19 has now killed more Americans than the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic did, when roughly 675,000 people died.

    It didn't have to be that way.

    "Big pockets of American society — and worse, their leaders — have thrown this away" by not getting vaccinated, ...

    U.S. Will Lift Restrictions on Fully Vaccinated International Travelers in November

    Starting in November, the United States plans to lift travel restrictions on people coming from overseas who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    This move by the Biden administration will open the United States to relatives separated from families as well as business travelers. The restrictions, involving many European countries, China, Iran and Brazil, have been in place since March ...

    HPV Infection Tied to Higher Odds of Premature Delivery

    Pregnant women infected with certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) may have a heightened risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests.

    HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause genital warts. Most of the time, the immune system clears the infection. But some strains of HPV become persistent in a minority of people — and, over time, may lead to certain cancers.

    I...

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