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Explosion in COVID-19 Cases Disrupts Schools and Offices

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Some school systems around the U.S. extended their holiday break Monday or switched back to online instruction because of the explosion in COVID-19 cases, while others pressed ahead with in-person classes amid a seemingly growing sense that Americans will have to learn to co-exist with the virus.

Caught between pleas from teachers fearful of infection and parents who want their children in class, school districts in cities such as New York, Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit and beyond found themselves in a difficult position midway through the academic year because of the super-contagious omicron variant.


FDA Expands Booster Dose Usage Authorization for COVID-19 Vaccines

Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

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.


Pfizer-BioNTech Ask FDA to Authorize COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 to 11

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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.


CDC Endorses COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots for Millions of Older and Vulnerable Individuals

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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.


Pfizer, BioNTech To Seek Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 Vaccine in Children Under Five

Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

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.


Consumer Brands Association Presses White House for More Clarity on Vaccine Mandates

Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

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.


Fauci Supports COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for All Domestic Air Travel

Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

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.


Contaminant Found in Moderna Vaccines in Japan Believed To Be Metallic

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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.


COVID-19 Surge Overwhelms Hospitals Nationwide

Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

The latest COVID-19 outbreak continues to overwhelm the US healthcare system, with a growing number of states running out of capacity to treat patients severely ill from the virus.

Altogether, more than 100,000 people in the country are hospitalized for coronavirus, the highest number of since January, before vaccines were widely available to the public and before the emergence of the highly-transmissible Delta variant.


Dr. Anthony Fauci Sees Pandemic Lasting Until at Least Spring 2022

Kimberly Redmond | Equities.com |

White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci believes the US will not emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic until next spring — at the earliest — and only if an “overwhelming majority” gets vaccinated against the virus.

During a CNN appearance Monday night, Dr. Fauci predicted the coming months will remain difficult, with high caseloads and fatalities, particularly in areas where most people remain unvaccinated.


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