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California to review any COVID-19 vaccine

California to review any COVID-19 vaccine

An independent panel of experts has been formed in California to review any federally approved Covid-19 vaccine.

The move follows concerns that the White House could rush the process.

Flora Bradley-Watson reports.

The U.S state of California announced on Monday (October 19) it will be independently reviewing the safety of any new coronavirus vaccines.

A panel of experts will review vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before they're distributed to Californians.

The FDA has vowed to ensure the safety of Covid-19 vaccines, but claims made by President Donald Trump that there could be one rolled out before next month's election has led to concern about political interference in the regulatory process.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said he wouldn't be taking any chances: "California today is launching now more formally a scientific safety review, a work group of 11 individuals, experts in their field.

These are top health experts that will independently review any FDA-approved vaccines.

A question I often get is, are you going to take someone's word for it as it relates to vaccines?

Of course, we don't take anyone's word for it.'

Newsom also said he expects a vaccine will not be widely availble to Californians until next year, and that healthcare workers will be first ones to receive it.

He added that the California panel will review the vaccine's safety regardless of the outcome of the election.

California is following New York's lead, after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced last month that he would conduct a similar review of federally approved vaccines.




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COVID-19 Pills May Conflict With , Certain Medications, Study Finds. NBC News reports experts are warning anti-viral pills created by Pfizer and Merck may not be safe for everyone. Recently cleared by the Food and Drug Administration to treat infections in patients 12 and older, anti-viral pills have been a cause for optimism in the fight against COVID-19. According to NBC News, experts have found that certain ingredients in the anti-viral pills may cause extreme reactions when paired with more widely-used medications. Oddly enough, many of the affected medications are widely prescribed to those with the highest risk of developing COVID-19 complications. Oddly enough, many of the affected medications are widely prescribed to those with the highest risk of developing COVID-19 complications. These medications include antidepressants, immunosuppressants and even inhalers. These medications include antidepressants, immunosuppressants and even inhalers. Some of these potential interactions are not trivial, and some pairings have to be avoided altogether. , Peter Anderson, professor of pharmaceutical science, University of Colorado, via NBC News. Some of these potential interactions are not trivial, and some pairings have to be avoided altogether. , Peter Anderson, professor of pharmaceutical science, University of Colorado, via NBC News. Some are probably easily managed. But some we’re going to have to be very careful about. , Peter Anderson, professor of pharmaceutical science, University of Colorado, via NBC News. Some are probably easily managed. But some we’re going to have to be very careful about. , Peter Anderson, professor of pharmaceutical science, University of Colorado, via NBC News. Amid concerns, experts remain excited by the potential of anti-viral pills. This could make a real difference in the pandemic by making an effective Covid treatment available to many people. , Peter Anderson, professor of pharmaceutical science, University of Colorado, via NBC News. This could make a real difference in the pandemic by making an effective Covid treatment available to many people. , Peter Anderson, professor of pharmaceutical science, University of Colorado, via NBC News

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Pfizer's Antiviral COVID-19 Pill Authorized by FDA [Video]

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Pfizer's Antiviral COVID-19 Pill , Authorized by FDA. NPR reports the Food and Drug Administration has officially authorized the first COVID-19 antiviral pill. The pill, Paxlovid, was created by pharmaceutical company Pfizer. Experts say Pfizer's pill could keep those infected with COVID-19 from becoming ill enough to require hospitalization. . Experts say Pfizer's pill could keep those infected with COVID-19 from becoming ill enough to require hospitalization. . According to NPR, the pill is meant to be ingested twice a day for five days. Paxlovid will reportedly require a tandem dose of generic antiviral medicine ritonavir. Today's authorization introduces the first treatment for COVID-19 that is in the form of a pill — a major step forward in the fight against this global pandemic. , Dr. Patrizia Cavazzoni, director of the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, via NPR. Today's authorization introduces the first treatment for COVID-19 that is in the form of a pill — a major step forward in the fight against this global pandemic. , Dr. Patrizia Cavazzoni, director of the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, via NPR. Pfizer's studies suggest taking Paxlovid within three days of exhibiting symptoms could reduce the risk of death and hospitalization by 89%. Pfizer's studies suggest taking Paxlovid within three days of exhibiting symptoms could reduce the risk of death and hospitalization by 89%. NPR reports separate studies showed the pill only reduced 70% of hospitalizations. Experts say the effectiveness of Paxlovid shouldn't diminish when treating Omicron-related infections. The United States will reportedly purchase 10 million courses of Pfizer's new COVID-19 treatment. Pfizer says around 180,000 courses of treatment will be available by the end of the year

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FDA Approves First Injectable HIV PrEP Drug

FDA Approves First , Injectable HIV PrEP Drug. On Dec. 20, the FDA approved a new drug called Apretude. It is used as pre-exposure prevention (PrEP) against HIV. The long-acting injectable medication is the first of its kind. Apretude is given every two months as opposed to pills like Truvada and Descovy, which are taken daily. FDA trials also found the injection to be more effective than the pills in reducing HIV infection. . FDA trials also found the injection to be more effective than the pills in reducing HIV infection. . Today’s approval adds an important tool in the effort to end the HIV epidemic by providing the first option to prevent HIV that does not involve taking a daily pill, Dr. Debra Birnkrant, the director of antivirals division at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, via statement. This injection, given every two months, will be critical to addressing the HIV epidemic in the U.S., including helping high-risk individuals and certain groups where adherence to daily medication has been a major challenge or not a realistic option, Dr. Debra Birnkrant, the director of antivirals division at the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, via statement. According to the CDC, last year, only 25% of the estimated 1.2 million people PrEP is recommended for were prescribed treatment. Advocates hope the new injectable option will increase PrEP usage and lower HIV infections

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Terrorists in Kashmir killed 1,724 people in the 31 years, says RTI report; Nirmala Sitharaman informed Parliament that the government earned around ₹ 8 lakh crore from taxes levied on petrol and diesel in the last three financial years; Eric Michael Garcetti on India’s S-400 missile deal with Russia; New York's Covid-19 hospitalisations have jumped by 70%. #J&K #TerroristAttack #RTI

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New York Governor Announces Statewide Mask Mandate Amid Rise in Cases [Video]

New York Governor Announces Statewide Mask Mandate Amid Rise in Cases

New York Governor , Announces Statewide Mask Mandate , Amid Rise in Cases. On December 10, New York City Governor Kathy Hochul announced a mask mandate for all indoor public places that do not implement a vaccine requirement. . On December 10, New York City Governor Kathy Hochul announced a mask mandate for all indoor public places that do not implement a vaccine requirement. . Fox News reports that the governor said the decision was based on New York's seven-day case rate and an increasing number of hospitalizations. . The mandate takes effect on December 13 and applies to both patrons and staff. On January 15, the state will reportedly reevaluate the situation and determine whether to extend or end the mandate. . On January 15, the state will reportedly reevaluate the situation and determine whether to extend or end the mandate. . As governor, my two top priorities are to protect the health of New Yorkers and to protect the health of our economy. The temporary measures I am taking today will help accomplish this through the holiday season, Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York, via Fox News. As governor, my two top priorities are to protect the health of New Yorkers and to protect the health of our economy. The temporary measures I am taking today will help accomplish this through the holiday season, Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York, via Fox News. Fox News points out that several other states have already imposed mandates, including Nevada, New Mexico and Hawaii. . In the seven-day period ending December 8, New York recorded over 68,000 positive tests for the virus. . According to Fox News, that's the most in any seven-day period since the beginning of February. . I have warned for weeks that additional steps could be necessary, and now we are at that point based upon three metrics: Increasing cases, reduced hospital capacity, and insufficient vaccination rates in certain areas, Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York, via Fox News. I have warned for weeks that additional steps could be necessary, and now we are at that point based upon three metrics: Increasing cases, reduced hospital capacity, and insufficient vaccination rates in certain areas, Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York, via Fox News

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Starbucks Employees at Buffalo Store Vote To Unionize

Starbucks Employees at Buffalo Store, Vote To Unionize. The results of the vote were announced by the National Labor Relations Board on Dec. 9. Of the 9,000 Starbucks locations in the U.S.. the store in the Buffalo, NY, area is the first to vote to unionize. Two other stores in Buffalo are conducting similar votes with results that should be determined soon. The vote to unionize at the Starbucks location follows several months of worker frustration over difficult working conditions. which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Starbucks went to great lengths to prevent the unionization. sending high-level executives and out-of-state district managers to the location in order to hold discussions with the employees. According to 'The New York Times,'. video captured one district manager saying the company had asked her to go to Buffalo to "save it" from the union vote. Employees at the store described company tactics to prevent unionization... ... such as excessive staffing in order to disrupt the vote and the closure of stores. Such tactics are known as "packing" and are common when companies are under threat of employee unionization. Starbucks claims these actions were an effort to increase efficiency and remodel stores

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Congress Averts , Government Shutdown, With 11th Hour Vote. The stop-gap measure funds the federal government through mid-February. Ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to report the government remains open!, Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader (D-NY), via CBS News. It passed the Senate by a vote of 69-28... ...after passing in the House by a vote of 221-212. While a number of Senate GOP members voted for the bill, it received a single Republican vote in the House. The late-night vote followed a tense day on Capitol Hill, . in which a number of Republican members attempted to remove the bill's COVID vaccine mandate for federal workers. The effort failed, though threats of a government shutdown circulated throughout the day. We're not going to shut the government down. It makes no sense for anyone. Almost no one on either side thinks it's a good idea, Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader (D-NY), via CBS News. In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi struck a defiant tone in response to the threats. We're not going to go for their anti-vaxxing. So if you think that's how we're going to keep the government open, forget that, Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker (D-CA), via CBS News. Republican senators said they were "pleased" the measure passed, but warned that a vote in February would need to address issues left unresolved by the bill. Republican senators said they were "pleased" the measure passed, but warned that a vote in February would need to address issues left unresolved by the bill. That means maintaining legacy riders, eliminating poison pills, and getting serious about the funding we are going to provide for our nation's defense, Sen. Richard Shelby, (R-AL), via CBS News. If that doesn't happen, we'll be having this same conversation in February, Sen. Richard Shelby, (R-AL), via CBS News

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