India  

FDA Calls for Fall COVID Boosters To Target Omicron Subvariants

Video Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories - Duration: 01:30s - Published
FDA Calls for Fall COVID Boosters To Target Omicron Subvariants

FDA Calls for Fall COVID Boosters To Target Omicron Subvariants

FDA Calls for Fall COVID Boosters , To Target Omicron Subvariants.

NBC News reports that on June 30, the Food and Drug Administration asked vaccine makers to modify upcoming booster shots to target subvariants of Omicron.

The Omicron subvariants the agency wishes to target are BA.4 and BA.5.

Officials have called on vaccine makers Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna to produce bivalent vaccines, .

Which are intended to target the original strain of COVID-19 as well as its subvariants.

As we move into the fall and winter, it is critical that we have safe and effective vaccine boosters that can provide protection... , Dr. Peter Marks, FDA, via NBC News.

... against circulating and emerging variants to prevent the most severe consequences of COVID-19.

, Dr. Peter Marks, FDA, via NBC News.

As of the week ending June 25, Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 were responsible for 52% of all new cases of COVID-19.

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, BA.1, the first variant of Omicron, caused 0% of new cases.

Pfizer and Moderna have thus far altered vaccines to target the original strain of COVID-19 and BA.1.

Which increased the immune response to earlier iterations, though both have waned in their efficacy against BA.4 and BA.5


You Might Like


💡 newsR Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Food and Drug Administration Food and Drug Administration Agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services

U.K. Approves Vaccine Booster That Targets Omicron [Video]

U.K. Approves Vaccine Booster That Targets Omicron

U.K. Approves , Vaccine Booster , That Targets Omicron. The United Kingdom has become the first country to approve vaccine boosters specifically designed to counter the omicron variant of COVID-19. The United Kingdom has become the first country to approve vaccine boosters specifically designed to counter the omicron variant of COVID-19. NPR reports that the decision paves the way for people in the U.K. to receive their shots early in the fall season. The Moderna vaccine booster is "bivalent," meaning that it combines two different versions of the vaccine. Half of the mix is aimed at the original strain of COVID, while the other half is formulated to fight the original omicron variant. What this bivalent vaccine gives us is a sharpened tool in our armory to help protect us against this disease as the virus continues to evolve, Dr. June Raine, Head of the U.K.'s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, via NPR. What this bivalent vaccine gives us is a sharpened tool in our armory to help protect us against this disease as the virus continues to evolve, Dr. June Raine, Head of the U.K.'s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, via NPR. According to researchers in the U.K., the omicron booster "triggers a strong immune response" that defends against both the 2020 strain of COVID and omicron. According to researchers in the U.K., the omicron booster "triggers a strong immune response" that defends against both the 2020 strain of COVID and omicron. NPR points out that the combo booster differs from the omicron-specific booster which officials in the United States hope to roll out this fall. The U.S. FDA has requested vaccine developers to target later omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5. Those two strains currently make up a majority of cases in the U.S. According to NPR, officials hope to authorize omicron-specific boosters by mid-September

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:31Published
Monkeypox Vaccine Maker Expresses Concern Over Dose-Splitting Plan [Video]

Monkeypox Vaccine Maker Expresses Concern Over Dose-Splitting Plan

Monkeypox Vaccine Maker , Expresses Concern , Over Dose-Splitting Plan. Bavarian Nordic makes the only monkeypox vaccine currently authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The CEO of the company recently expressed concern about the Biden administration's plans to mitigate a vaccine shortage by splitting doses. CEO Paul Chaplin expressed his concerns in a letter recently sent to Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Xavier Becerra. We do have some reservations … due to the very limited safety data available, Paul Chaplin, Bavarian Nordic CEO, via 'The Washington Post'. According to Chaplin's letter, more studies to determine the efficacy of a split vaccine "would have been prudent.". His letter also states that the company has received numerous "calls from U.S. state government officials with questions and concerns.”. Responding to news of the vaccine maker's concerns, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra expressed confidence with the Biden administration's plan. We’ve had conversations with them about this, and so has FDA, Xavier Becerra, HHS Secretary, via 'The Washington Post'. We wouldn’t have moved forward unless we thought it was safe and effective, and if FDA hadn’t dotted its I’s and crossed its T’s, Xavier Becerra, HHS Secretary, via 'The Washington Post'. Biden administration officials have speculated that Bavarian Nordic could be primarily concerned with a loss of profit. ... though Bavarian Nordic officials are adamant that the concerns of the company are safety focused. Officials connected to the U.S. monkeypox vaccine plan call it a "game changer.". It’s safe, it’s effective, and it will significantly scale the volume of vaccine doses available, Robert J. Fenton Jr., U.S. Monkeypox Response Co-Ordinator, via 'The Washington Post'

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:30Published
FDA Favors Updated COVID Boosters for Fall, Shelves Summer Boosters [Video]

FDA Favors Updated COVID Boosters for Fall, Shelves Summer Boosters

FDA Favors , Updated COVID Boosters for Fall, , Shelves Summer Boosters . The Food and Drug Administration announced that its focus is now on updated boosters for those under 50. The shots are scheduled to be available to the public in September. Many health professionals feel it is the right decision and could help to bolster trust in federal health institutions. We can't give a booster now and then again in 1.5 months or two months – that will decrease trust, Dr. Monica Gandhi, UC San Francisco, via NPR News. Health professionals explained why two boosters in a short period of time could be "counter-productive.". If you get a booster now with the original formulation of the vaccine, this may in fact be counter-productive. , Dr. Celine Gounder, Kaiser Family Foundation, via NPR News. It may prevent the second booster dose given this fall from taking and from you developing an immune response to that booster, Dr. Celine Gounder, Kaiser Family Foundation, via NPR News. Others expressed skepticism at the effectiveness of the planned updated booster. People should not regard them as some sort of magic bullet that gives them super-strong protection, Dr. John Moore, Weill Cornell Medicine, via NPR News. These are not going to be magic bullet game-changers because they're not that much better than the already available vaccine boosters, Dr. John Moore, Weill Cornell Medicine, via NPR News. Other professionals feel the plan to wait may put people at an unnecessary risk. You're talking about you know literally hundreds of millions of people who are at a higher risk than they need to be for months, Dr. Robert Wachter, UC San Francisco, via NPR News. And that will mean potentially millions of preventable infections, certainly thousands of preventable hospitalizations, and probably hundreds of preventable deaths, Dr. Robert Wachter, UC San Francisco, via NPR News

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:30Published
Drugmaker Asks FDA to Approve Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pill [Video]

Drugmaker Asks FDA to Approve Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pill

Drugmaker Asks FDA , to Approve Over-The-Counter , Birth Control Pill. On July 11, a French pharmaceutical company sought regulatory approval to sell an over-the-counter birth control pill in the United States. NBC reports that HRA Pharma's application comes amid legal and political battles regarding women's reproductive health. However, the company said the timing for its application was unrelated to the Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. According to NBC, hormone based birth control has long been the most widely used form of birth control in the U.S. . Since the 1960s, birth control has required a prescription and a medical screening for conditions that raise the risk of blood clots. The French drugmaker argues that years of research suggest that women can safely screen themselves for those conditions and use the pill effectively. For a product that has been available for the last 50 years, that has been used safely by millions of women, we thought it was time to make it more available, Frederique Welgryn, HRA’s chief strategy officer, via 'The Guardian'. NBC reports that FDA approval could come as soon as next year. . Reproductive rights advocates have reportedly been pushing for the approval of more over-the-counter contraceptives following the Roe v. Wade decision . . Reproductive rights advocates have reportedly been pushing for the approval of more over-the-counter contraceptives following the Roe v. Wade decision . . Now, the FDA likely faces intense political scrutiny as it weighs a potentially precedent-setting decision

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:31Published

Target Corporation Target Corporation American retail corporation

How to Save Money This Back-to-School Shopping Season [Video]

How to Save Money This Back-to-School Shopping Season

How to Save Money This, Back-to-School , Shopping Season. Fox News reports that buying this year's back-to-school essentials might be costly. According to the National Retail Federation, most families will spend an average of $864 on school supplies this year as a result of rising inflation. CyberGuy Kurt Knutsson says savings start with downloading retail apps and visiting manufacturers' websites. Major retailers like Target and Walmart offer "exclusive, in-app, secret deals" through their specific apps. Major retailers like Target and Walmart offer "exclusive, in-app, secret deals" through their specific apps. Meanwhile, manufacturers like Crayola offer exclusive deals on their websites, including 15% off orders of $40 or more. Meanwhile, manufacturers like Crayola offer exclusive deals on their websites, including 15% off orders of $40 or more. Another great way to save, according to Knutsson, is using discount and price comparison apps like Flipp which search local sale circulars. All you have to do is put in your zip code and presto — it shows you what you might see in newspapers and other deals that you wouldn’t find otherwise, Kurt Knutsson, The CyberGuy, via Fox News. Cash-back shopping apps like Rakuten offer shoppers money back simply for spending. PayPal Honey is a browser plug-in that automatically finds and applies coupon codes for consumers. . Finally, Knutsson recommends shopping for refurbished and like-new products that might be "open box and brand new.". Amazon Warehouses offers renewed items, while Bookfinders is a great place to find second-hand textbooks

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:30Published
Target Feels the Impact of Inflation as Quarterly Profits Continue to Fall [Video]

Target Feels the Impact of Inflation as Quarterly Profits Continue to Fall

Target, Feels the Impact of Inflation , as Quarterly Profits Continue to Fall. According to CNN, Target reported that profits plummeted 90% in the second quarter as inflation drives consumers to cut back on spending. The retailer's quarterly net income dropped to $183 million. At the same time in 2021, Target had a net income of $1.8 billion. . Target was forced to cut prices on general merchandise due to excess inventory, but the move did little to drive up sales. The retailer ended the quarter with 1.5% more inventory than three months earlier and 36% more than the same time last year. After the lower-than-expected profits were reported, shares in Target fell 2% in premarket trading. CNN reports that this marks the second consecutive quarter of plummeting earnings for Target. The losing streak comes after seven quarters of strong profit growth. On August 17, CEO Brian Cornell told investors that while the environment for retailers remains "challenging," he believes that earnings will start to recover in the next quarter. On August 17, CEO Brian Cornell told investors that while the environment for retailers remains "challenging," he believes that earnings will start to recover in the next quarter. The high-level story is: The vast majority of the financial impact of these inventory actions is now behind us, Brian Cornell, Target CEO, via CNN. Cornell said the company was seeing , "an encouraging start to the, back-to-school" shopping season

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:31Published
Rudy Giuliani Named a Target of Georgia's 2020 Presidential Election Probe [Video]

Rudy Giuliani Named a Target of Georgia's 2020 Presidential Election Probe

Rudy Giuliani , Named a Target of Georgia's , 2020 Presidential Election Probe. CNN reports that Rudy Giuliani will be the target of a special purpose grand jury investigation into President Donald Trump and his allies. CNN reports that Rudy Giuliani will be the target of a special purpose grand jury investigation into President Donald Trump and his allies. Giuliani was told by prosecutors in Georgia that the investigation would look into possible violations of the law in efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Giuliani was told by prosecutors in Georgia that the investigation would look into possible violations of the law in efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. On August 15, a prosecutor from the Fulton County District Attorney's office contacted Giuliani's Georgia counsel to inform him that he is now a target of the investigation. On August 15, a prosecutor from the Fulton County District Attorney's office contacted Giuliani's Georgia counsel to inform him that he is now a target of the investigation. Bob Costello, another attorney for Giuliani, said that the Georgia district attorney's office previously declined to answer whether Giuliani would be targeted. Bob Costello, another attorney for Giuliani, said that the Georgia district attorney's office previously declined to answer whether Giuliani would be targeted. According to Costello, Giuliani will still appear on August 17 before the special grand jury. . According to Costello, Giuliani will still appear on August 17 before the special grand jury. . The attorney reportedly declined to say whether his client would invoke the Fifth Amendment. CNN reports that Giuliani was subpoenaed in July and ordered to testify in Georgia after failing to appear at a hearing in New York. In December of 2020, Giuliani met with Georgia state legislators three times in the aftermath of the presidential election. According to CNN, Giuliani used the meetings to espouse conspiracy theories regarding widespread election fraud. . According to CNN, Giuliani used the meetings to espouse conspiracy theories regarding widespread election fraud. . Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has said the current investigation would include potential , "solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local governmental bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office and any involvement in violence or threats related to the election's administration.". Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has said the current investigation would include potential , "solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local governmental bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office and any involvement in violence or threats related to the election's administration.". Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has said the current investigation would include potential , "solicitation of election fraud, the making of false statements to state and local governmental bodies, conspiracy, racketeering, violation of oath of office and any involvement in violence or threats related to the election's administration."

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:31Published
Walmart Announces Layoffs of Corporate Employees [Video]

Walmart Announces Layoffs of Corporate Employees

Walmart Announces Layoffs, of Corporate Employees. The layoffs by the retail giant were first reported by 'The Wall Street Journal' on Aug. 3. Nearly 200 corporate Walmart employees will be affected. A Walmart spokesperson confirmed the layoffs in a statement. [Walmart is] updating our structure and evolving select roles to provide clarity and better position the company for a strong future, Walmart Spokesperson, via CNN. The spokesperson also stated the restructuring would lead to the creation of new roles. The announcement comes days after Walmart warned that its quarterly and fiscal year profits would likely decline. . Such a warning is rare for Walmart. The retail giant has begun marking down prices of clothes and other items due to an increase in merchandise. . While the American job market remains strong. ... consumer behavior has shifted in recent months, in step with the shifting pandemic and rising inflation. Walmart is only one of several retailers that have reported declining sales. Both Target and Best Buy have either issued profit warnings or slashed sales and profit goals. . Both Target and Best Buy have either issued profit warnings or slashed sales and profit goals. . Walmart's corporate headquarters are located in Bentonville, AR. The company is the largest private employer in the U.S. employing close to 1.6 million people

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:31Published
Amazon Says Prime Day 2022 Was Its ‘Biggest’ Ever [Video]

Amazon Says Prime Day 2022 Was Its ‘Biggest’ Ever

Amazon Says Prime Day 2022 , Was Its ‘Biggest’ Ever. Amazon Prime Day 2022 took place on July 12 and July 13 this year. CNET reports that the company said it was the "biggest Prime Day event in Amazon's history.". Amazon did not release total sales figures but said Prime members "saved" over $1.7 billion on over 300 million items purchased worldwide. . However, according to the Adobe Digital Economy Index, . U.S. e-commerce sales reached close to $12 billion on July 12 and July 13, which was when Prime Day took place. Prime Day doesn't account for all of those sales though, as other retailers such as Target and Best Buy had sales this week too. Prime Day doesn't account for all of those sales though, as other retailers such as Target and Best Buy had sales this week too. Prime Day doesn't account for all of those sales though, as other retailers such as Target and Best Buy had sales this week too. According to Amazon, some of its bestsellers in America this year included vacuums, beauty products, toothbrushes. According to Amazon, some of its bestsellers in America this year included vacuums, beauty products, toothbrushes. According to Amazon, some of its bestsellers in America this year included vacuums, beauty products, toothbrushes. diapers, lunchboxes and teeth-whitening strips. diapers, lunchboxes and teeth-whitening strips. diapers, lunchboxes and teeth-whitening strips. Top-selling tech products included Beats headphones and earbuds, the Apple Watch Series 7, Amazon's Echo, Fire TV and Blink devices and more. Top-selling tech products included Beats headphones and earbuds, the Apple Watch Series 7, Amazon's Echo, Fire TV and Blink devices and more. Top-selling tech products included Beats headphones and earbuds, the Apple Watch Series 7, Amazon's Echo, Fire TV and Blink devices and more. Around the world, Amazon says 100,000 items were purchased per minute. . Around the world, Amazon says 100,000 items were purchased per minute.

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:30Published

Peter Marks (physician) Peter Marks (physician)


Pfizer Pfizer American multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporation

Pfizer Announces $5.4 Billion Deal to Acquire Global Blood Therapeutics [Video]

Pfizer Announces $5.4 Billion Deal to Acquire Global Blood Therapeutics

Pfizer Announces , $5.4 Billion Deal , to Acquire Global Blood Therapeutics. Pfizer has announced a $5.4 billion deal for the blood disorder drugmaker. NBC reports that the news marks the latest attempt by Pfizer to combat declining demand for COVID-19 products as case numbers fall. The company has seen an unprecedented rise in sales since the global rollout of its COVID-19 vaccine. However, sales have begun to slow since the height of the pandemic. NBC reports that Pfizer is now seeking acquisitions that have the potential to boost sales by billions by the end of the decade. In May, Pfizer acquired migraine drugmaker Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding for $11.6 billion. The company also recently completed a $6.7 billion deal to purchase Arena Pharmaceuticals. According to NBC, the acquisition of Global Blood Therapeutics would allow Pfizer to boost sales of Oxybryta. In 2019, Oxybryta was first approved as a treatment for Sickle Cell Disease. . An estimated 70,000 to 100,000 people in the United States are affected by Sickle Cell Disease, which is an inherited blood disorder. Following the announcement of the deal, shares of Global Blood rose 4.5%.

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:31Published
Biden’s COVID-19 Symptoms Are Almost Gone, White House Doctor Says [Video]

Biden’s COVID-19 Symptoms Are Almost Gone, White House Doctor Says

Biden’s COVID-19 Symptoms Are Almost Gone, , White House Doctor Says. Last week, President Biden revealed he'd been diagnosed with COVID and was taking Paxlovid to treat his mild symptoms. . Last week, President Biden revealed he'd been diagnosed with COVID and was taking Paxlovid to treat his mild symptoms. . NPR reports that according to his physician, Dr. Kevin O'Connor, the president's symptoms "have now almost completely resolved.". NPR reports that according to his physician, Dr. Kevin O'Connor, the president's symptoms "have now almost completely resolved.". Dr. O'Connor says Biden currently has "residual nasal congestion and minimal hoarseness" following four days of taking Pfizer's antiviral pills. . Dr. O'Connor says Biden currently has "residual nasal congestion and minimal hoarseness" following four days of taking Pfizer's antiviral pills. . The president's pulse, blood pressure, temperature and oxygen levels are all normal. . NPR reports Biden is scheduled to remain in isolation through July 26. After that, if he receives a negative COVID test and feels well following his Paxlovid treatment. he could resume normal activities by July 27. The White House remains adamant that Biden's symptoms have been mild due to the fact that he is vaccinated and double boosted... ... in addition to starting Paxlovid as soon as he tested positive

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:31Published
Elmo Gets Vaccinated Against COVID [Video]

Elmo Gets Vaccinated Against COVID

Elmo Gets Vaccinated , Against COVID. Earlier this month, Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines were given emergency use authorization for children as young as six months old. The CDC also signed off on the shots for kids under 5. On June 28, 'Sesame Street' issued a public service announcement to spread the word. Elmo's dad, Louie, addressed getting his son vaccinated. Elmo's dad, Louie, addressed getting his son vaccinated. Was it safe? Was it the right decision?’ I talked to our pediatrician so I could make the right choice. I learned that Elmo getting vaccinated is the best way to keep himself, our friends, neighbors and everyone else healthy and enjoying the things they love, Louie, Elmo's dad, via 'Sesame Street'. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation Vaccine Monitor survey conducted in April, 38% of parents wanted to "wait and see" before vaccinating their young kids. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation Vaccine Monitor survey conducted in April, 38% of parents wanted to "wait and see" before vaccinating their young kids. Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president of U.S. social impact at Sesame Workshop, issued a statement about the PSA. We hope that Louie and Elmo will inspire parents and caregivers across the country to speak with their healthcare providers and seek out information to learn about how the COVID-19 vaccines can keep young children and their families healthy, Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president of U.S. social impact at Sesame Workshop, via CNN. The CDC reports that as of June 22, 30% of kids between the ages of 5 and 11 and 60% between the ages of 12 and 17 were fully vaccinated. The CDC reports that as of June 22, 30% of kids between the ages of 5 and 11 and 60% between the ages of 12 and 17 were fully vaccinated

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:31Published
Pfizer Says Updated COVID-19 Shot Effective Against Omicron [Video]

Pfizer Says Updated COVID-19 Shot Effective Against Omicron

Pfizer Says Updated COVID-19 Shot , Effective Against Omicron. NBC News reports Pfizer announced on June 25 that its updated coronavirus vaccine better targets the omicron variant. Experts say while current vaccines offer ample protection against new variants, . their effectiveness has waned in the age of omicron. The Food and Drug Administration has considered ordering altered vaccines, . hoping a modified recipe could offer more protection when coronavirus surges again this fall and winter. Pfizer says after studying over 1,200 adults who had received three vaccine doses. officials say each of their vaccines showed a substantial increase in omicron-resistant antibodies. Based on these data, we believe we have two very strong omicron- adapted candidates. , statement from Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, via NBC News. Pfizer's tweaked shot shows a 9 to 11-fold increase in omicron-fighting antibodies. almost 1.5 times higher than the company's initial dose

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:30Published

SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant A variant of SARS-CoV-2 first detected in November 2021

COVID jab targeting both original strain and Omicron to be rolled out from 5 September

A COVID jab which targets both the original strain and Omicron will be rolled out across England from 5 September as part of the autumn booster programme.
Sky News
Guidance for Choosing a 4th COVID Shot or the Omicron Booster [Video]

Guidance for Choosing a 4th COVID Shot or the Omicron Booster

Guidance for Choosing , a 4th COVID Shot , or the Omicron Booster. As other nations begin to offer Omicron-specific booster shots, . those in the U.S. may be wondering if they should get a fourth booster shot now... ... or wait for a booster that is tailored to the highly-contagious strain to be available in the U.S. Currently, only those over the age of 50 or those between 12 and 50 who are immunocompromised are eligible for a second booster shot. Currently, only those over the age of 50 or those between 12 and 50 who are immunocompromised are eligible for a second booster shot. While the Omicron booster should be available in the U.S. sometime this fall. health experts recommend that if you're eligible for the booster you should get one as soon as possible. For those who have not been vaccinated or recently had COVID in the past six months. experts recommend a booster in that scenario as well. For those who are not eligible for the booster and have not opted to get one, . experts say waiting for the Omicron booster this fall is a viable option. They also caution that while the Omicron booster will be made specifically to combat that variant, it won't be full-proof protection. Boosters against Omicron are not going to be a magic shield, Dr. Shane Crotty, La Jolla Institute for Immunology, via 'The New York Times'. For those who have received a second booster shot and are considering getting the Omicron booster as well, experts say the extra shot will not make much difference. If you get a booster now and you get another booster Sept. 15, don’t expect that second shot to do anything, Dr. Shane Crotty, La Jolla Institute for Immunology, via 'The New York Times'

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:31Published
UK first to offer dual Covid vaccine booster [Video]

UK first to offer dual Covid vaccine booster

A new bivalent vaccine which targets both the original and Omicron Covid strains is to be rolled out this autumn as part of a booster programme. Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Credit: ODN    Duration: 01:17Published
Government urges public to take up new Covid vaccine offer [Video]

Government urges public to take up new Covid vaccine offer

Health minister Maggie Throup says the bivalent vaccine will continue to "allow us to live with Covid" by providing a "broader immunity" against the original and Omicron strain of the virus Report by Jonesia. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Credit: ODN    Duration: 00:42Published

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Moderna COVID-19 vaccine RNA COVID-19 vaccine


COVID-19 COVID-19 Contagious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2

Travis Barker Tests Positive for COVID

Travis Barker is the latest celeb to catch COVID -- a diagnosis that comes just two months after he was hospitalized for a serious case of pancreatitis -- but..
TMZ.com

Cineworld preparing to file for bankruptcy - report

Cineworld, the world's second-largest cinema chain, is preparing to file for bankruptcy within weeks, the Wall Street Journal reports, after struggling to..
Sky News

First real-world study gives detailed new insights into when people with COVID are infectious

Most people with mild COVID-19 are still infectious five days after symptoms begin, a study suggests, throwing into question current NHS guidance on how long to..
Sky News

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention United States government public health agency

Second-hand smoke 10th biggest cancer risk: Lancet

Second-hand smoke is the combination of smoke from the burning end of a cigarette and the smoke breathed out by smokers. As per Center for Disease Control and..
IndiaTimes
US Purchases 1.8 Million Monkeypox Vaccine Doses as Cases Climb [Video]

US Purchases 1.8 Million Monkeypox Vaccine Doses as Cases Climb

US Purchases 1.8 Million , Monkeypox Vaccine Doses , as Cases Climb. Al Jazeera reports that the Biden administration announced plans to bolster the United States' supply of the monkeypox vaccine with the purchase of 1.8 million additional doses. Al Jazeera reports that the Biden administration announced plans to bolster the United States' supply of the monkeypox vaccine with the purchase of 1.8 million additional doses. On August 18, the White House said the extra JYNNEOS vaccines will be available on August 22. According to Al Jazeera, a newly-authorized dosing technique allows 360,000 vials of the vaccine to provide nearly two million doses. To date, the Biden-Harris Administration has delivered nearly 1 million doses of JYNNEOS vaccine to jurisdictions – the largest JYNNEOS MPV vaccine program in the world, White House statement, via Al Jazeera. The U.S. has seen the number of monkeypox cases climb, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting 13,500 cases as of August 17. Al Jazeera reports that the U.S. now accounts for over one-third of the total number of cases globally. Earlier this week, HHS secretary Xavier Becerra said ending the monkeypox outbreak is a, "critical priority.". Earlier this week, HHS secretary Xavier Becerra said ending the monkeypox outbreak is a, "critical priority.". Bob Fenton, who is coordinating the administration’s monkeypox response, said that 50,000 courses of antiviral treatment will be available for anyone who tests positive. In July, the WHO declared monkeypox, an international health emergency. On August 4, the U.S. declared the disease , a public health emergency

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:30Published
CDC Drops Quarantine and Distancing Recommendations for COVID [Video]

CDC Drops Quarantine and Distancing Recommendations for COVID

CDC Drops , Quarantine and Distancing Recommendations , for COVID. CDC Drops , Quarantine and Distancing Recommendations , for COVID. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the updated guidelines on Aug 11. The recommendations no longer include quaratining if one comes into close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID. In addition, the CDC has dropped the six feet social distancing recommendation. According to the CDC, close to 95 percent of Americans over the age of 16 are living with varying levels of immunity. The current conditions of this pandemic are very different from those of the last two years, Greta Massetti, CDC Guidelines Author, via AP. The updated guidelines come as schools around the country gear up for the first day of classes. Educator representatives lauded the updated recommendations, saying a return to some form of normalcy was essential for a successful year. Every educator and every parent starts every school year with great hope, and this year even more so, Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers President, via AP. After two years of uncertainty and disruption, we need as normal a year as possible so we can focus like a laser on what kids need, Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers President, via AP. Entire classrooms of kids had to miss school if they were deemed a close contact. The closed schools and learning disruption have been devastating, Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers President, via AP. Some academics, however, were critical of the updated guidelines, saying that pandemic conditions remain. All of us want a stable school year, but wishful thinking is not the strategy for getting there, Anne Sosin, Dartmouth College Public Health Researcher, via AP. If we want a return to normal in our schools, we have to invest in the conditions for that, not just drop everything haphazardly like we’re seeing across the country, Anne Sosin, Dartmouth College Public Health Researcher, via AP

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:31Published
NYC Mayor Eric Adams Declares State of Emergency Concerning Monkeypox [Video]

NYC Mayor Eric Adams Declares State of Emergency Concerning Monkeypox

NYC Mayor Eric Adams , Declares State of Emergency , Concerning Monkeypox. NBC News reports that Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency on Aug. 1. . New York City now has over 1,200 reported cases, approximately 25 percent of cases nationally, and we are continuing to see the numbers rise, NYC Mayor Eric Adams, via statement. This order will bolster our existing efforts to educate, vaccinate, test and treat as many New Yorkers as possible, NYC Mayor Eric Adams, via statement. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul also declared a state disaster emergency on July 29. . According to the CDC, as of July 29, New York had the most confirmed monkeypox cases in the country with 1,345. California had 799. San Francisco also declared a state of emergency on July 28. On July 30, Mayor Adams and Dr. Ashwin Vasan, NYC's health department commissioner, . issued a statement estimating "that approximately 150,000 New Yorkers may currently be at risk for monkeypox exposure.". While monkeypox has primarily affected men who have sex with men, . the virus can be spread to anyone through close physical contact or being exposed to infected surfaces

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:30Published
Over 1,000 Monkeypox Cases Confirmed in New York City [Video]

Over 1,000 Monkeypox Cases Confirmed in New York City

Over 1,000 Monkeypox Cases , Confirmed in New York City. 'The Guardian' reports that on July 25, health officials said New York hit 1,040 confirmed monkeypox cases. . That reportedly accounts for nearly a quarter of all the documented cases in America. . According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. currently has the most confirmed monkeypox cases in the world. . The agency says that as of July 25, there have been 3,846 U.S. cases and 18,095 cases around the world. . The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the increase in cases a public health emergency on July 23. . A study published July 21 in the 'New England Journal of Medicine' found that 95% of cases are transmitted among men who have sex with men. But CNBC reports that according to the WHO, there is no guarantee that the disease will remain confined to gay and bisexual communities. . Dr. Catherine Smallwood, senior emergency officer at the WHO, said it's not uncommon for a virus outbreak to start in a particular place before spreading to the general population. Dr. Catherine Smallwood, senior emergency officer at the WHO, said it's not uncommon for a virus outbreak to start in a particular place before spreading to the general population. On July 25, NY Gov. Kathy Hochul said that the state and Quest Diagnostics reached a deal to use PCR tests on those who have a rash indicitave of monkeypox. On July 25, NY Gov. Kathy Hochul said that the state and Quest Diagnostics reached a deal to use PCR tests on those who have a rash indicitave of monkeypox. The real challenge with testing is that it involves swabbing lesions, which must be present for the test to assess whether the virus is also present, Mary Bassett, New York state health commissioner, via statement. Without lesions, testing is not currently possible. And we will continue working to make sure providers know when and how to test for monkeypox, Mary Bassett, New York state health commissioner, via statement

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories    Duration: 01:30Published

Related videos from verified sources

Global Governments Bracing for Future Waves of COVID Variants [Video]

Global Governments Bracing for Future Waves of COVID Variants

Global Governments , Bracing for Future Waves , of COVID Variants. Fox reports that governments and populations alike are bracing as the third winter of the coronavirus pandemic looms for the northern..

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories     Duration: 01:30Published
WHO Issues Warning as COVID Cases Triple Across Europe [Video]

WHO Issues Warning as COVID Cases Triple Across Europe

WHO Issues Warning , as COVID Cases Triple , Across Europe. On July 19, the World Health Organization warned that COVID cases in Europe have tripled in the past six weeks. ABC reports that..

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories     Duration: 01:31Published
Are BA.5 Patients More Likely To Lose Sense of Smell? [Video]

Are BA.5 Patients More Likely To Lose Sense of Smell?

Are BA.5 Patients More Likely , To Lose Sense of Smell?. NBC News reports doctors in the United States say that with the rise of the BA.5 subvariant, . peculiar symptoms of coronavirus may be..

Credit: Wibbitz Top Stories     Duration: 01:30Published