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EU Health Regulator Backs Using AstraZeneca COVID Shot as Booster
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974272

May 20th, 2022 - LONDON (Reuters) - The European health regulator on Thursday endorsed the use of AstraZeneca's COVID vaccine, Vaxzevria, as a booster. The recommendation, made by a committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), encompasses adults who have either been previously vaccinated by Vaxzevria or an mRNA vaccine, such as the ones made by Pfizer and BioNTech or Moderna. The recommendation comes weeks...

US CDC Says COVID Vaccine-Related Myocarditis Much Lower for Children Than Teens
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974285

May 20th, 2022 - NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday said rates of reported heart inflammation linked to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been much lower in 5- to 11-year-old boys than in adolescents and young men, and were only slightly elevated above normal. The agency, in a presentation to an advisory committee discussing on the need for booste...

When Africans Asked for COVID Shots, They Didn't Get Them. Now They Don't Want Them
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974184

May 19th, 2022 - DAKAR/ACCRA (Reuters) - It's noisy inside the Mamprobi clinic in Accra as kids clamber over their mothers while they wait to get their measles vaccines. Outside, an area reserved for COVID-19 shots is empty. A health worker leans back in his chair and scrolls on a tablet. One woman, waiting to get her daughter inoculated, is fully aware of the dangers of measles: the high fever, the rash, the r...

This Rural, Red Southern County Was a Vaccine Success Story. Not Anymore.
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974284

May 19th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. MEIGS COUNTY, Tenn. — At a glance, it seemed like a Southern pandemic success story in a most unlikely place. A small county northeast of Chattanooga, along the twisting banks of Chickamauga Lake, for much of the past year has reported the highest covid-19 vaccination rate in Tennessee and one o...

CDC Signs Off on COVID Boosters in Children Ages 5-11
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974324

May 19th, 2022 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, signed off today on an advisory panel's recommendation that children ages 5 to 11 years should receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster dose at least 5 months after completion of the primary series. The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 11:1 Thursday afternoon, with one abste...

RSV Kills 100,000 Kids Under Age 5 a Year Worldwide
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974323

May 19th, 2022 - Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) caused more than 100,000 deaths in children under age 5 years globally in 2019, according to an analysis published online May 19 in The Lancet. Researchers, led by You Li, PhD, of the School of Public Health, Nanjing Medical University in Nanjing, China, found that nearly half of those (more than 45,000) occurred in children younger than 6 months old. They esti...

Rabies: CDC Updates and Simplifies Preexposure Prophylaxis Vaccination Recommendations
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974298

May 19th, 2022 - Each year, there are about 59,000 deaths from rabies globally. Most of these occur outside the United States and are the result of dog bites. Since infection with rabies is almost always fatal, there has been considerable attention given to vaccinating people at high risk before likely exposure and responding immediately to those bitten by a rabid animal. The Centers for Disease Control and Pre...

How Better Ventilation Can Help ‘COVID-Proof’ Your Home
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974193

May 18th, 2022 - For two years, you beat the odds. You masked, kept your distance, got your shots. Now, despite those efforts, you, your child, or someone else in your home has come down with covid-19. And the last thing you want is for the virus to spread to everyone in the family or household. But how do you prevent it from circulating when you live in close quarters? The Centers for Disease Control and Preve...

Two More Bills Targeting COVID Rules Head to AZ Gov. Ducey's Desk
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974190

May 18th, 2022 - PHOENIX (AP) — Two more bills restricting responses to the coronavirus pandemic are heading to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's desk, including one that would impact the ability of future state leaders to respond to another airborne-spreading disease and a second blocking the state from ever requiring schoolchildren to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Tuesday's state Senate votes were the latest moves by GO...

Omicron Breakthrough Cases Boost Protection, Studies Say
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974194

May 18th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Vaccinated people who have a breakthrough case of Omicron will have better protection against COVID-19 variants than vaccinated people who receive a booster shot, two new studies show. The University of Washington, working with Vir Biotechnology of San Francisco, looked at blood samples of vacci...

Children and COVID: New Cases Up by 50%
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974208

May 18th, 2022 - The latest increase in new child COVID-19 cases seems to be picking up steam, rising by 50% in the last week, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. The new-case count was over 93,000 for the week of May 6-12, compared with 62,000 the previous week. That 50% week-to-week change follows increases of 17%, 44%, 12%, and 28% since the nationwide wee...

New Pandemic Peril? Pretending It's Over as Case Numbers Rise
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974226

May 18th, 2022 - Just because many people seem more than ready to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us doesn't mean it's really over. In fact, case numbers are rising again – with new infections reported in about 95,000 Americans each day – and hospitalizations are up 20% as well. It's yet another reminder of the dangers that remain from a virus that has now killed more than 1 million Americans. "There needs to ...

US Tops 1M COVID Deaths: 'History Should Judge Us Harshly'
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/973999

May 17th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Amid warnings of a new surge, COVID-19 deaths in the United States topped 1 million today, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, a chilling and tragic milestone for a pandemic still bringing waves of grief and disrupting lives into a third year. President Joe Bid...

Valneva Shares Slump After COVID Vaccine Deal With EU Falls Apart
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974047

May 17th, 2022 - (Reuters) - Valneva lost nearly a fifth of its value on Monday after the French drugmaker said its COVID-19 vaccine agreement with the European Commission was likely to be scrapped and it might have to rethink its financial guidance. Valneva said the European Commission (EC) had informed the company of its intent to terminate an advance purchase agreement for its COVID vaccine, Europe's only ca...

Pfizer COVID Vaccine Performs Well in Youth With Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974098

May 17th, 2022 - The Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine (Comirnaty) showed a good safety profile with minimal short-term side effects and no negative impact on disease activity in a cohort of adolescents and young adults with rheumatic diseases, according to research presented at the 2022 annual meeting of the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA). Only 3% of patients experience a severe tran...

US to Extend COVID Public Health Emergency
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974131

May 17th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Federal health officials will extend the COVID-19 public health emergency past mid-July, which will continue pandemic-era policies as coronavirus cases increase again. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has renewed the emergency order since January 2020. The declaration allows the ...

FDA Authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 Booster for Children Ages 5 to 11
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974140

May 17th, 2022 - May 17, 2022 – The FDA expanded an emergency use authorization (EUA) today allowing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot for children between the ages of 5 to 11 who are at least 5 months out from their first vaccine series. According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28.6% of children in this age group have received both COVID-19 vaccines in the ...

Four Air Force Cadets May Not Graduate Over Vaccine Refusal
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974031

May 16th, 2022 - Four seniors at the U.S. Air Force Academy may not be allowed to graduate because they have refused to take a COVID-19 vaccine, The Associated Press reported. The Department of Defense mandated last year that all military service members, including military academy students, be vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they're granted an exemption. Service members also are required to take a host of o...

Vaccines Reduced COVID in Quebec's Long-Term Care Facilities
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974038

May 16th, 2022 - The incidence of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) in Quebec, Canada decreased by 92% after an initial vaccine dose was administered in early 2021, according to new research. In the community, where vaccine eligibility was still limited, the incidence decreased by 49%. By 6 weeks post-vaccination, almost no LTCF reported a "severe" outbreak of five or more cases per 100 beds per wee...

US 'Vulnerable' to COVID Without New Shots, White House Says
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/974051

May 16th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The U.S. will become increasingly vulnerable to the coronavirus in the fall and winter this year if Congress doesn't approve new funding for more vaccines and treatments, Ashish Jha, MD, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, said Thursday. In an interview with The Associated Press, Jha ...