Pfizer seeks permission to vaccinate children 5-11 years old: COVID Updates
Pfizer and BioNTech have asked federal regulators to allow emergency use of the coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, the companies announced Thursday.
The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will need to sign off on the vaccine before it becomes available to children. An independent panel of experts will review the data on October 26.
“With new cases in children in the United States continuing to be at a high level, this introduction is an important step in our ongoing efforts against #COVID19,” Pfizer tweeted. “We are committed to working with the Food and Drug Administration with the ultimate goal of helping protect children from this serious public health threat.”
Pfizer and its German partner in the field of vaccines It released data from a clinical trial last month It indicates that their vaccine was safe and effective for children aged 5 to 11 years at a third of the dose given to adolescents and adults. A vaccine may be necessary for elementary schools, where students do not get vaccinated due to age limits.
The study of 2,268 volunteers between the ages of 5 and 11 showed that they had the same type of strong immune response to the vaccine as adolescents and young adults. Because the vaccine had already proven effective in older groups, the companies only had to show that the vaccine elicited a similar immune response in children — rather than prove that it prevented COVID-19 infection.
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The White House released a report early Thursday on the effects of U.S. vaccination requirements, claiming that imposing vaccinations would lead to millions of Americans getting injections into the arm.
The report was released ahead of President Joe Biden’s trip to Chicago – where he will meet with leaders who have implemented vaccination requirements in the public and private sectors, and analyzed health care systems, educational institutions, public sector agencies and private companies. The report found that companies setting up vaccine requirements have seen the number of fully vaccinated workers rise above 90%. Nationally, 63% of adults ages 18 to 64 are vaccinated.
“Without vaccination requirements, we face endless months of chaos in our hospitals, further adverse effects on our economy, and anxiety in our schools,” the report read. According to a White House analysis, the vaccine requirements have widespread public support and will help boost the economy by returning workers to the workforce.
But a number of Republican-led states have remained steadfast in opposition to such requirements, going so far as to penalize regions that attempt to enlist such directives.
Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System reported Tuesday that 99 percent of its workforce is compliant with COVID-19 vaccination requirements. This number means that team members have either been fully vaccinated, are on track to complete the two-dose regimen or have received an approved medical or religious exemption.
“This is a true testament to the HFHS team and how much our team cares about your health, the health of the community, the health of their teammates, and the health of their teammates,” Bob Rainey, president of healthcare operations and chief operating officer, said during a briefing with reporters. “We are really grateful for their dedication.”
The Colorado Health System is Requires vaccination of ‘nearly all’ transplant patients against COVID-19 before they undergo the transplant. UCHealth assured USA TODAY that “in almost all situations, transplant recipients and living donors “within the system” are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in addition to meeting other health requirements.” The health system added that for transplant patients who contract COVID-19, the death rate can range from about 20% to more than 30%, which is much higher than for the general population.
“These requirements increase the likelihood that the transplant will be successful and the patient will avoid rejection,” UCHealth said in a statement.
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At least 140,000 children across the United States have lost a primary or secondary caregiver due to COVID-19, according to a study published Thursday in the Journal of Pediatrics. The study highlights the childhood crisis caused by the pandemic and its disproportionate impact. Researchers found that children of color represented 65% of children orphaned from COVID-19 through June. That’s more than 91,000 children of color, compared to 51,000 white children.
The study found that Hispanic children were twice as likely as white children to lose a caregiver, and one in 412 Hispanic children lost at least one child. Aboriginal children, the most at risk, were nearly five times more likely to be infected; About 1 in 168 Native American children has lost a caregiver.
The study’s lead author, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologist Susan Hillis, called the discrepancies “alarming.” Read more here.
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As cases of coronavirus drop in Mississippi schools, doctors warn that children with COVID-19 are still filling the state’s only children’s hospital as some schools are once again eliminating mask requirements.
Of the 740 reporting schools from 73 out of 82 Mississippi counties, there were more than 800 new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi students across the state from September 27 to October 1, According to a report from the Ministry of Health on Tuesday.
Some Mississippi schools are beginning to ease up on mask mandates as community issues begin to decline. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Mississippi Branch, wrote a memo Thursday to school leaders and parents that wearing masks in schools is essential to reduce transmission of COVID-19.
“Acute hospital admissions due to coronavirus appear to be on the rise again, and it appears to have been completely timed with schools dropping mask requirements,” Dr. Charlotte Hobbs, professor of pediatric infectious diseases in Mississippi, said in the note.
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The Biden administration on Wednesday announced a new $1 billion investment in home coronavirus tests that will quadruple the nation’s supply of these rapid tests by early December, officials said. Jeff Zentes, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said the administration has secured commitments from test manufacturers to supply up to 200 million home tests per month by December.
Last month, the Biden administration announced that it would spend nearly $2 billion to purchase about 280 million home coronavirus tests to supply long-term care facilities, community testing sites, homeless shelters, prisons, prisons and other centers serving vulnerable populations. On Monday, a US Food and Drug Administration official said the Food and Drug Administration has authorized Flowflex COVID-19 testing for ACON Laboratories, a move that would add tens of millions of tests within weeks.
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The woman who died after the J&J vaccine opposed vaccinations
A 37-year-old woman died on September 7 from a rare and serious condition that caused blood clots that was linked to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Jessica Berg Wilson, mother of two, has been against COVID-19 vaccines, according to her obituary. During the last weeks of her life, the book states, “the world darkened with heavy vaccination mandates.” “Local and state governments were determined to strip her of her right to consult her own wisdom and enjoy her freedom.”
Three more deaths from blood clots have been confirmed nationwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention halted the J&J vaccine in the spring for investigation, but eventually lifted the suspension and resumed use of the vaccine soon after.
Contributing: Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY; Associated Press