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CDC Signs Off on COVID Vaccine Boosters for Kids Ages 5–11 [Video]

CDC Signs Off on COVID Vaccine Boosters for Kids Ages 5–11

CDC Signs Off on COVID Vaccine Boosters , for Kids Ages 5–11. CNN reports that on May 19, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)... . ... voted in support of recommending an additional Pfizer shot for 5- to 11-year-olds who've received their first two doses. The vote was 11-1 with 1 abstention. CNN reports that the FDA authorized the booster dose earlier this week. Children within this age group are advised to wait at least five months after receiving their two-dose regimen before getting a booster shot. CNN reports a fourth dose is recommended for children who are immunocompromised. . According to Pfizer, a trial of 4,500 children ages 5-11 showed Omicron-fighting antibodies were 36 times stronger upon receiving a booster. The company also says no new safety issues were detected. On May 16, the American Academy of Pediatrics reported that COVID cases in U.S. children rose 76% the previous week compared to two weeks prior. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky gave opening remarks before the ACIP's vote. The sadness I feel for lives lost, the families devastated and the communities changed is steep. We have the tools we need to protect these people from severe disease and prevent any more tragic deaths, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, via opening remarks before the ACIP's vote, via CNN

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Biden Invokes Defense Powers to Address Baby Formula Shortage [Video]

Biden Invokes Defense Powers to Address Baby Formula Shortage

Biden Invokes Defense Powers , to Address Baby Formula Shortage. President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act on May 18. “Operation Fly Formula” will make use of planes owned by the Defense Department to assist in the distribution of baby formula. The planes will be deployed both nationally and internationally. I know parents all across the country are worried about finding enough infant formula to feed their babies — , President Joe Biden, via 'The New York Times'. ... as a parent and as a grandparent, I know just how stressful that is, President Joe Biden, via 'The New York Times'. [I have directed my administration] to do everything possible to ensure there’s enough safe baby formula.., President Joe Biden, via 'The New York Times'. ... and that it’s quickly reaching families that need it the most, President Joe Biden, via 'The New York Times'. In this case, the Defense Production Act allows the president to order companies to prioritize the production and distribution of baby formula. . The House of Representatives approved $28 million in emergency funds to address the shortage. It also approved a bill that would ease restrictions on the types of formula that can be purchased through federal aid programs geared toward women and children. I know what it means to not be able to stretch out milk for the entire month, Rep. Jahana Hayes, (CA-D), via 'The New York Times'. With everything going on right now, the last thing a family should have to worry about is feeding their children, Rep. Jahana Hayes, (CA-D), via 'The New York Times'. This is so basic. Everyone understands that we’re all on high alert here, and this is an incredible emergency, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, (MI-D), via 'The New York Times'. While the emergency funds did not receive overwhelming bipartisan support, the bill to ease baby formula purchasing restrictions did. The emergency funds would allow the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to increase its ability to oversee companies that produce baby formula. Both measures are expected to pass in the Senate

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Biden Admin Opens Up Another Round of Free At-Home COVID Tests Delivered by USPS [Video]

Biden Admin Opens Up Another Round of Free At-Home COVID Tests Delivered by USPS

Biden Admin Opens Up Another Round , of Free At-Home COVID Tests , Delivered by USPS. The White House announced the new round of available tests on May 17. The Biden administration has made up to 16 free at-home COVID tests available to American households. The Biden administration has made up to 16 free at-home COVID tests available to American households. Providing the tests makes good on one of President Joe Biden's pledges during the initial Omicron wave in the U.S. The tests have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and deliver results in 15 minutes. The process of ordering them has been simplified, and the tests arrive in the mail via USPS. To date, nearly 350 million of the at-home COVID tests have been ordered and delivered. COVID cases have risen dramatically in recent weeks. On May 16, more than 95,000 new cases of COVID were reported in the U.S. COVID hospitalizations have also risen by 26 percent in the past two weeks. The tests have become an important resource in early detection of the virus. Going to a large gathering? , Dr. Ashish K. Jha, White House COVID Response Coordinator, via 'The New York Times'. Use rapid tests to not be the person who brings COVID to the party, Dr. Ashish K. Jha, White House COVID Response Coordinator, via 'The New York Times'. Visiting a vulnerable relative? , Dr. Ashish K. Jha, White House COVID Response Coordinator, via 'The New York Times'. Use rapids tests to keep them safe, Dr. Ashish K. Jha, White House COVID Response Coordinator, via 'The New York Times'. Those who wish to order the at-home tests should visit covidtests.gov

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Pfizer’s COVID Booster Shot for 5 to 11 Year Olds Authorized by FDA [Video]

Pfizer’s COVID Booster Shot for 5 to 11 Year Olds Authorized by FDA

Pfizer’s COVID Booster Shot , for 5 to 11 Year Olds, Authorized by FDA. NBC News reports on May 17, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)... … announced it had authorized Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus booster dose for 5 to 11 year olds. The FDA says eligible recipients of a booster dose could receive the extra shot starting five months after their initial two-dose series. Per NBC News, Pfizer's booster shot for 5 to 11 year olds is 10 micrograms ... . ... a third of the dosage given to citizens 12 and older. Following the FDA's ruling, it is now up to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recommend how to implement boosters for the age group. CDC data shows less than one third of 5 to 11 year olds in the United States have recieved the primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine. Experts say booster shots offer better protection against the omicron strain and its associated subvariants. The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will reportedly discuss booster shots on May 19. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the Director of the CDC, should have her final recommendation following the committee's discussion

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Increased Number of COVID-19 Deaths Among Vaccinated Americans [Video]

Increased Number of COVID-19 Deaths Among Vaccinated Americans

Increased Number of COVID-19 Deaths , Among Vaccinated Americans. CNN reports as COVID-19 vaccines became available, there has been a stark divide in deaths between those who received a vaccine and those who did not. . But experts say as vaccine protection has diminished, . more transmissible variants have made coronavirus deaths closer to an even split. In recent months, breakthrough infections have heightened risks for vulnerable populations. According to federal data, less than 25% of deaths occurred in vaccinated citizens during the peak of the Delta Variant. Comparatively, vaccinated Americans accounted for over 40% of deaths at the height of Omicron. Experts say those who have only received the first series of coronavirus vaccines may be three times more likely to die. Almost no one in this country should be dying from Covid. , Dr. Robert Califf, commissioner US FDA, via CNN. What we really should be worried about is getting the boosters that we need to stay up to date so with the new variants that we have... , Dr. Robert Califf, commissioner US FDA, via CNN. ...we don’t have unnecessary deaths and hospitalizations. , Dr. Robert Califf, commissioner US FDA, via CNN

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