AP Source: US Urges Pfizer to Apply for Under-5 COVID Shots
AP Source: US Urges Pfizer to Apply for Under-5 COVID Shots

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators are urging drugmaker Pfizer to apply for emergency authorization for a two-dose regimen of its COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years old while awaiting data on a three-dose course, aiming to clear the way... Read More

Data Indicate Omicron is Milder, Better at Evading Vaccines

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The omicron variant appears to cause less severe disease than previous versions of the coronavirus, and the Pfizer vaccine seems to offer less defense against infection from it but still good protection from hospitalization, according to an analysis... Read More

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Biden Tells Americans New COVID Variant ‘Not Cause for Panic’
2021-11-29 20:23:09
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden addressed the nation Monday, calling the new omicron variant of the coronavirus a cause for concern “but not a cause for panic.” Speaking in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as Dr. Anthony Fauci,... Read More

Pfizer Asking FDA to Approve COVID-19 Booster Shots for All Adults
2021-11-09 21:09:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Pfizer and BioNTech SE asked the Food and Drug Administration Tuesday to allow boosters of its COVID-19 vaccine for anyone 18 or older. Currently, COVID-19 booster shots are only available to older Americans and those with underlying health... Read More

Fifth Circuit Imposes Temporary Stay on Business Vaccine Mandate
2021-11-07 14:18:15
by Dan McCue

NEW ORLEANS — The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Saturday temporarily blocked a mandate from the Biden administration that businesses with more than 100 employees require them to be vaccinated against the coronavirus by early January. The White... Read More

US Expected to Authorize Mix-and-Match COVID Booster Shots

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster shots this week in an effort to provide flexibility for those seeking to maintain protection against the coronavirus. The upcoming announcement by the Food... Read More

White House
Biden Urges COVID-19 Booster Shots for Those Now Eligible

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden on Friday urged those now eligible for COVID-19 booster shots to get the added protection a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the doses for millions of older or otherwise... Read More

As COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Rise, Religious Exemptions Grow

An estimated 2,600 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination. In Washington state, thousands of state workers are seeking similar exemptions. And in Arkansas, a hospital has been... Read More

Wasted Vaccine Doses Mount Nationwide as Delta Surge Continues
2021-08-11 20:20:01
by Reece Nations

More than a million COVID-19 immunization doses have gone to waste throughout the United States since the start of the national vaccination program as the highly contagious delta variant fuels a surge in nationwide hospitalizations. Alabama ranks last in terms... Read More

Pentagon to Require Military to Get COVID-19 Vaccine
2021-08-09 17:36:13
by Dan McCue

The Defense Department will require members of the U.S. military to get the COVID-19 vaccine by Sept. 15, though the deadline could be pushed up if infection rates continue to rise. The decision was revealed in a memo to troops ... Read More

Education Secretary Warns Politicizing Masks Could Disrupt Student’s Return to Class
2021-08-06 20:38:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON- Education Secretary Miguel Cardono warned Thursday, Americans should not allow adult politics -- particularly the politicizing of the wearing of face masks -- to prevent students from returning to school safely and without future disruptions.  “You know what I’m... Read More

White House
US Shipped More Than 110M Doses of Vaccines

WASHINGTON — The White House says the U.S. has shipped more than 110 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 60 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Zambia. President Joe Biden was expected to discuss that milestone and more Tuesday... Read More

Moderna Expanding Kids Vaccine Study to Better Assess Safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — Moderna said Monday it plans to expand the size of its COVID-19 vaccine study in younger children to better detect rare side effects, such as a type of heart inflammation recently flagged by U.S. health authorities. The... Read More

Researchers Conduct Survey to Understand Menstruation Changes from COVID-19 Vaccine
2021-05-19 14:14:10
by Alexa Hornbeck

Questions are emerging as to whether women's menstrual cycles are impacted by COVID-19 vaccines, and two women researchers are conducting a survey to figure out if there are impacts and if so, why they are happening. “A lot of people... Read More

White House Steps Up Effort to Encourage COVID Shots for Adolescents
2021-05-13 11:59:00
by TWN Staff

The White House is stepping up its efforts to encourage the parents of adolescents age 12-15 to get their kids vaccinated against COVID-19.Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer BioN-Tech vaccine... Read More

FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Emergency Use in Adolescents
2021-05-11 15:48:23
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been approved for emergency use for adolescents ages 12 to 15 years of age.  “Parents and guardians can rest assured that the agency undertook a rigorous... Read More

FDA Expected to OK Pfizer Vaccine for Teens Within Week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters ages 12 to 15 by next week, according to a federal official and a person familiar with the process, setting up shots... Read More

Senators Pressure Biden to Release Vaccine Formula
2021-04-21 19:32:09
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON - A group of senators is urging President Joe Biden to support an international push to make the basic formula for the COVID-19 vaccine available to less affluent countries that are experiencing vaccine shortages. “Simply put, we must make... Read More

Hitting Latest Vaccine Milestone, Biden Pushes Shots for All

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is set to meet President Joe Biden's latest vaccine goal of administering 200 million coronavirus shots in his first 100 days in office, as the White House steps up its efforts to inoculate the rest... Read More

Posting Vaccine Cards Online Could Attract Scammers
2021-03-29 18:07:59
by Alexa Hornbeck

As vaccine eligibility expands to those 16 and over in many states, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning those getting shots against posting photos of their vaccine cards online.  “I’ve seen people wanting to be proud and show off... Read More

EU Chief: Bloc Was Late, Over-Confident on Vaccine Rollout

BRUSSELS (AP) — As the European Union surpassed 500,000 people lost to the virus, the EU Commission chief said Wednesday that the bloc's much-criticized vaccine rollout could be partly blamed on the EU being over-optimistic, over-confident and plainly "late."European Commission... Read More

A New COVID-19 Challenge: Mutations Rise Along With Cases

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments... Read More

Expanded Vaccine Rollout in US Spawns a New Set of Problems

The rapid expansion of COVID-19 vaccinations to senior citizens across the U.S. has led to bottlenecks, system crashes and hard feelings in many states because of overwhelming demand for the shots. Mississippi's Health Department stopped taking new appointments the same... Read More

Pandemic Haunts New Year as Virus Growth Outpaces Vaccines

LONDON (AP) — Despite growing vaccine access, January is looking grim around the globe as the coronavirus resurges and reshapes itself from Britain to Japan to California, filling hospitals and threatening livelihoods anew as governments lock down businesses and race... Read More

Fauci: US Could Soon Give 1 Million Vaccinations a Day

The U.S. could soon be giving at least a million COVID-19 vaccinations a day despite the sluggish start, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday, even as he warned of a dangerous next few weeks as the coronavirus surges. The slow pace... Read More

EXPLAINER: US Regulator Weighs in on Vaccine Dosing Debate

The first Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 are getting their second dose, while Britain has decided to postpone boosters and focus instead on giving more people a first shot — international differences that are adding to public confusion. There's growing debate... Read More

Drive to Enhance COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Garners Bipartisan Support
2020-12-18 15:58:45
by Sean Trambley

WASHINGTON - This week, Rep. Brad Wenstrup, R-Ohio, introduced legislation in the House to authorize a public advocacy campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccine participation and provide science-backed information to the public. Joined by Reps. Ron Kind, D-Wis., Roger Marshall, R-Kan.,... Read More

Moderna Seeks Clearance for COVID-19 Vaccine After Strong Test Results

Moderna Inc. requested clearance for its coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. after a new analysis showed the vaccine was highly effective in preventing COVID-19, with no serious safety problems. A Moderna spokesman said in a text message late Monday afternoon that its application for an... Read More

Hospitals Race to Set Vaccine Priorities for Health Care Workers

Large hospital systems are grappling with how best to decide which health care workers will be vaccinated first for COVID-19, a daunting task when it's unclear which shots they'll get, how many and when they'll arrive. The first COVID-19 vaccine... Read More

Medical Community Warns Congress About Politicizing Vaccine Development
2020-09-30 20:40:13
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A congressional committee sought assurances from medical experts Wednesday that the COVID-19 vaccines pharmaceutical companies plan to distribute soon will protect the public from the disease. Lawmakers were concerned that political pressure would force the companies to sacrifice... Read More

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