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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) signed off Wednesday on extending COVID-19 boosters to the millions of Americans who received the Moderna Inc (Nasdaq: MRNA) or Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) vaccines and said anyone eligible for an extra shot can mix and match doses from different drug providers.

Specifically, regulators amended the emergency use authorizations to permit a half dose of Moderna’s vaccine as a booster shot for seniors and others at high risk from the virus six months after their last shot.


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United Airlines Inc (NYSE: UAL) announced Thursday plans to ramp up its December schedule to 3,500 domestic flights per day, the most its flown in the US since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

In anticipation of a strong holiday travel season, the Chicago-based carrier said it will boost its schedule on popular winter routes, particularly warm weather destinations and ski hot spots.


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Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) announced Thursday they have asked the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand their COVID-19 vaccine’s emergency use authorization to cover children ages five to 11.

If authorized, this would be the first coronavirus vaccine authorized for younger children. Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech shots are only approved in the US for people ages 16 and up and in the EU for people ages 12 to 15.


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination drive against COVID-19.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on a series of recommendations from a panel of advisers late Thursday.


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Athletes vying to represent the US at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing must be vaccinated against COVID-19, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) said Wednesday.

Under the newly-announced rules, starting Nov. 1, the USOPC will require staff, athletes and others utilizing training centers and other USOPC facilities to be vaccinated.


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Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) expect to seek emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration by November for their COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to children younger than five years old.

During the Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference on Tuesday, Pfizer’s chief financial officer Frank D’Amelio said the drugmaker is awaiting results of pediatric trials of the vaccine, which should be available over the next month.


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The consumer-packaged goods and retail industries are pressing the White House for more details on how to implement a sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandate within the private sector.

In a letter Monday to President Joe Biden, the Consumer Brands Association included a list of more than a dozen questions from its member companies regarding requirements for vaccination, testing and other logistics.


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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said he would support a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all air travel in the US.

“I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people that you should be vaccinated,” the White House chief medical adviser said in an interview with theSkimm podcast, The Hill reported.


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General Motors Company (NYSE: GM) is requiring US-based salaried employees to disclose their COVID-19 vaccination status to help guide the automaker’s safety protocols going forward.

In response to a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases, GM introduced a confidential reporting requirement earlier this month for its 48,000 white-collar workers and is encouraging hourly workers to report their status as well, according to The Detroit Free Press.


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A contaminant found in a batch of Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccines delivered to Japan is believed to be a metallic particle, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported, citing sources at the health ministry.

Japan on Thursday suspended the use of 1.63 million doses shipped to 863 vaccination centers nationwide, more than a week after the domestic distributor, Takeda Pharmaceutical, received reports of contaminants in some vials.