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FDA Expand Booster Eligibility, Pfizer Seeks Emergency Approval of COVID-19 Antiviral Drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week expanded the eligibility criteria to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot.

The agency has now authorized a single booster dose for all individuals 18 years of age and older who have been fully vaccinated previously with any FDA-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.

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US CDC, FDA Authorize Pfizer Vaccine Booster Shots For Elderly, At-Risk Populations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week amended its emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to allow for a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series in:

  • individuals 65 years of age and older;
  • individuals 18 through 64…

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Surge In COVID-19 Cases Continues

Globally, there have now been 334,101,607 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the number of people killed by the coronavirus rose to 5,554,786. The U.S. now has 69,305,598 confirmed cases, and there have been 860,316 fatalities.

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White House Announces New Measures In Battle Against Omicron Variant

U.S. President Joe Biden this week announced new steps in his administration’s efforts to halt the spread of the highly transmissible COVID-19 variant, Omicron.

The president noted the “millions of cases and record hospitalizations” caused by the coronavirus mutation, and especially the impact on the unvaccinated.

Starting next week, the…

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CDC Endorses mRNA Vaccine Over J&J, Over 800K U.S. Fatalities

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control this week recommended getting the vaccines manufactured by Pfizer or Moderna, over the single-shot dose made by Johnson & Johnson.

In its statement, the CDC endorsed updated recommendations made by its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the prevention of COVID-19, “expressing a…

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Pfizer Says Booster Shot Can Neutralize Omicron

Following last week’s announcement by South African authorities of the discovery of a potentially more contagious COVID-19 mutation — Omicron — there might be good news on the protection front.

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer this week announced results from an initial study that showed antibodies induced by the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine…

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Omicron Dominates The News Cycle

There is a new COVID-19 variant on the streets, and its name is Omicron.

First detected by scientists in South Africa, cases with this potentially more contagious mutation have now been seen in Asia, in Europe, and in the United States.

The World Health Organization has classified Omicron as a…

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COVID-19 Antiviral Drug Approved In UK, Global Death Toll Crosses 5 Million Mark

The United Kingdom’s Medicines and Health products Regulatory Agency this week greenlit the use of Merck’s Lagevrio (molnupiravir) antiviral drug in the country, making it the first COVID-19 oral antiviral to be approved anywhere in the world.

The pill “is safe and effective at reducing the risk of hospitalisation and…

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FDA Approves More COVID At-Home Tests, Merck Licenses Anti-viral Drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week authorized the 10th and 11th over-the-counter COVID-19 test, and reissued the emergency use authorization for another OTC COVID-19 test.

The FDA Issued an EUA for the Celltrion DiaTrust COVID-19 Ag Home Test, an OTC COVID-19 diagnostic antigen test. The test can be…

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Moderna, J&J COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Approved, Prep Begins For Vaccinating Kids

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel this week announced it is approving booster shots of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccines.

The FDA amended the emergency use authorizations for Moderna’s vaccine to allow a single booster administered at least six months after the initial two jabs for…

Brai Odion-Esene

Founder — SW4 Insights. Public policy junkie and Central Bank Watcher. Recovering journalist and former Senior Director at Hamilton Place Strategies

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