New Booster Approvals, Child Shots Data, and More Coronavirus News
Many more promoters are approved, effective shooting of children, and many countries opened up. Here’s what you need to know:
Would you like to receive this weekly roundup and other coronavirus news? Signing up HERE!
The FDA and CDC have approved Moderna and J&J promoters
Yesterday, the CDC endorsed the boosters for qualified people who have received an initial dose of the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which means that ten million more Americans will get an extra shot right away. The agency’s approval follows the same approval from the FDA the previous day. The FDA, and later the CDC, also says that people who qualify for boosters can get them from a different drug dealer than their first shot. There is some evidence to show this anyone Overdose increases resistance, and especially people who get a first shot from Johnson & Johnson have a much better resistance response if they get a second dose of an mRNA vaccine. The FDA says anyone who gets a shot at Johnson & Johnson is eligible for a booster two months after their initial vaccination.
Already, there are more boosters than the first dose given in the US. But some medical practices and international associations persist express their fears in the way America has taken the lead in eliminating any infection within its own borders to help other countries secure the initial dose, thus reducing serious illness and death worldwide.
Pfizer and BioNTech submit data to the FDA showing the effectiveness of their vaccine in children
Pfizer and BioNTech submitted data to the FDA today showing that their Covid-19 vaccine has been approved 90.7 percent effective to prevent pain symptoms in children aged 5 to 11 during clinical trials. Participants received the third dose in adults and saw only a small effect. There have been no cases of severe disease or myocarditis or pericarditis, a heart condition seen in some other age groups who have received vaccines, especially young men. Earlier this week the The White House devised its plan with giving shots to children once it is approved, which can happen over the course of weeks. The administration will collaborate with children’s offices and community clinics among other health providers, and will focus on educating parents about the shots.
Pfizer and BioNTech also filed with Health Canada for approval of their vaccine for younger children this week. When it comes to vaccinating young people, Canada is an example. It was the first country to approve shots for children aged 12 to 15 last spring, and more than 80 per cent of Canadians over 12 have been completely inoculated.
Countries around the world lighten bans for vaccinated residents and tourists
On Friday, Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city, also reopened after being locked for 262 days, the highest combined lockdown for any city in the world during a pandemic. It follows in the footsteps of Sydney, where the decline began two weeks ago. Starting next month, fully vaccinated international travelers will no longer have to quarantine to enter the two towns. In neighboring New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced when the lockdown will end 90 percent of eligible residents vaccinated; to date, 86 percent of the population has received at least one dose. Kuwait also announced this will lead to restrictions for people who are vaccinated. And Thailand is told to do so open to guests who received their shots.