COVID mRNA Vaccines Safe, Effective for Babies and Toddlers, Says FDA Staff

Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccines proved safe and effective for kids under 5 years of age, paving the way for immunization of the only age group still awaiting access, according to FDA briefing documents released ahead of 2 days of advisory meetings. On Tuesday, the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) will meet…

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White House Unveils Covid Vaccination Plan For Children Under 5, Orders 10 Million Doses

Topline The Biden administration on Thursday outlined its Covid-19 vaccination plan for children under the age of five, which includes ordering 10 million additional vaccine doses ahead of the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision to approve the shots to immunize the youngest Americans. A health worker draws…

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A massive new study confirms vaccinated people are still at risk of long COVID

Vaccines against COVID-19, while protective against hospitalization and death, may not be great at preventing long COVID after breakthrough infections, a new study finds. Epidemiologists associated with the US Department of Veteran Affairs looked at the medical records of 13 million individuals—mostly white male veterans aged 60 on average—including almost 34,000 who experienced breakthrough COVID-19…

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Fourth Pfizer Dose Averts Most Severe COVID Outcomes in Older Adults

A fourth dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine provided modest protection against infection in older adults, as well as greater protection against more severe outcomes, real-world data from Israel showed. In a cohort of 182,122 matched pairs of adults ages 60 and up, relative vaccine effectiveness ranged from 52% against asymptomatic infection to 76% against…

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Israeli study: 2nd vaccine booster significantly lowers COVID death rate

89-year-old Yodit Ben Ari receives a fourth dose of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine following a vaccination party after Israel approved a second booster shot for the immunocompromised, people over 60 years and medical staff in a retirement home in Netanya, Israel January 5, 2022. REUTERS/Ammar AwadRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comJERUSALEM, March…

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Bell’s Palsy, Other Rare Events Not Linked With COVID-19 Vaccines

Immune-mediated neurologic events did not increase after COVID-19 vaccination, electronic health record data in the U.K. and Spain showed. No safety signal was found between COVID-19 vaccines and Bell’s palsy, encephalomyelitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, or transverse myelitis, reported Daniel Prieto-Alhambra, MD, PhD, of the University of Oxford in England, and co-authors. However, rates of Bell’s palsy,…

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Unvaccinated More Likely To Get Long Covid—And Suffer Symptoms For Longer—Studies Find

Topline People who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 are less likely to suffer from long Covid if they catch the virus than people who haven’t, according to a new review of studies by the U.K. Health Security Agency (UKHSA), underscoring the wide-ranging benefits of vaccination beyond protecting against infection.  Those vaccinated against Covid-19 had lower…

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Masks And Vaccines Prevented NYC Anime Convention From Becoming A Covid Superspreader Event, CDC Finds

Topline The coronavirus didn’t circulate widely at a massive New York City anime convention in November that was famously linked to one of the first U.S. cases of the virus’ omicron variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed in a study Thursday, a feat the health agency credited to the event’s indoor mask…

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Holocaust Survivors Condemn Anti-Vaccine Protesters’ Use Of Nazi Imagery

Topline Holocaust survivors, Jewish advocacy groups and Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Ministry marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday by condemning anti-vaccine activists who likened Covid-19 response measures to the Holocaust and comparing healthcare officials to Nazis. An anti-vaccination patch resembling the Star of David badge the Nazis compelled Jews to wear. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images…

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COVID-19 Vaccines Not Linked to Trouble Conceiving

Couples who were vaccinated against COVID-19 did not have a lower likelihood of getting pregnant, but previous infection with SARS-CoV-2 could affect male fertility, according to a prospective study. Both female and male partners who had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose did not face lower chances of getting pregnant than unvaccinated patients (female fecundability…

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Trump calls politicians who refuse to say they received Covid boosters ‘gutless’

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday criticized politicians who refuse to say whether they’ve received a Covid booster shot.In an interview with far-right cable channel One America News, Trump said he received the booster and has seen politicians get asked in interviews whether they’ve also gotten a third shot.“They don’t want to say…

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Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine protects children against rare COVID-19 complication

A vaccinator draws a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pediatric vaccine in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, U.S., December 5, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah BeierRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comJan 7 (Reuters) – Two doses of the Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech (22UAy.DE) COVID-19 vaccine are highly protective against a rare but often serious condition in children that causes…

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Front-line physicians describe how vaccination affects patients in latest Covid wave

Physicians around the country facing the latest surge of Covid-19 cases, driven by the highly contagious omicron variant, have a straightforward message based on what they’re seeing in their emergency rooms: vaccination is tied to a patient’s symptoms. “The general trend that I’m seeing is, if you’re boosted and you get Covid, you really just at…

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