FDA panel to review Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children aged six month to 4 years on June 15

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The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that an advisory panel will meet on June 15 to discuss the use of vaccines developed by Pfizer and German partner BioNTech, as well as those developed by Moderna mRNA.
In children from 6 months to 4 years of age.

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Pfizer and BioNTech said three doses of their vaccine were shown to be 80% effective in preventing symptomatic infections in children in that cohort.

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If the panel adopts a positive opinion on the shots, the FDA could authorize them by June 16 or 17, bringing relief to parents of children who will eventually be eligible for vaccination.

The news comes as COVID cases are rising across the US and trending to the highest levels seen since March, driven by the BA.2 type of omicron, and two other subvariants that appear to be even more contagious.

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On an average, 107,316 cases are being reported in the US a day, which is 46 percent more than two weeks ago. According to the New York Times Tracker. Cases are high in nearly every state, but going particularly hard with case reports in both the Northeast and Midwest regions, which were now at the peak of last summer’s delta surge. There are concerns that the number of cases is even higher, as many people are now being tested at home and data is not being collected.

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as well COVID-19 boosters to be introduced for children

On an average, 24,747 hospitalizations are taking place in the country a day, which is 28% more than two weeks ago. The daily death toll has fallen to an average of 312, down 15% from two weeks ago.

The presumptive Republican nominee for governor of Connecticut has tested positive for COVID a day after participating in an anti-face mask group’s so-called “Freedom Family Cookout”. The New York Times reported.

Bob Stefanowski said in a statement that he is asymptomatic. “I’ve been vaccinated, boosted, and feel fine so far. I will continue to follow all CDC protocols,” he said.

Connecticut is one of the northeastern states that has seen a sharp increase in cases in recent months. Stefanowski had tweeted pictures of himself enjoying the event.

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Other COVID-19 news you should know about:

• Airbnb ABNB,
The Wall Street Journal report said China’s plan to shut down its domestic business after the harsh COVID-19 lockdown eased the pain of ramping up local competition. People said that booking stays and experiences in China typically accounts for about 1% of Airbnb’s total revenue. home sharing company There is a smaller competitor in China’s travel industry. Of its more than 6 million active global listings, it had more than 500,000 active properties through April, according to market-research firm AirDNA.

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• China is trying to navigate its biggest coronavirus outbreak without the tools it could have adopted months ago, the kind of vaccines proven to provide the best protection against the worst outcomes from COVID-19 Has happened, The Associated Press reported. In the early spring of 2020, a Chinese pharmaceutical company, Fosun Pharma, reached an agreement to distribute – and eventually manufacture – an mRNA vaccine made by Pfizer PFE,
and BioNTech BNTX,
Despite being authorized for use by separate authorities in Hong Kong and Macao, it is still not approved in mainland China. Now health experts say the delay – the result of putting politics and national pride above public health – could lead to avoidable coronavirus deaths and deep economic losses as entire cities will be locked down to protect the country’s vulnerable population .

• In another sign of changing times, Task Rabbit announced Monday that it is closing its offices, including its San Francisco headquarters, and switching to a “remote-first” work ethic, said Mike Murphy of MarketWatch. Told. “For us, remote-first is the concept of placing virtual work and remote participation as a priority and the primary way our employees work, showing up to work alongside all other mediums,” the company said in a statement. ” “Most importantly, remote-first means How We work instead of where we work.” The company said it surveyed employees several times a year during the pandemic about the importance of flexibility and maintaining work/life balance.

• Billionaires around the world – especially in the food and energy sectors – increased it during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, widening wealth inequality at a time when there were low-income people getting poorer And FixedMarketwatch’s Emma Okerman reported. In fact, there have been 573 new billionaires in the past two years of the global health crisis. report good From the global charity Oxfam, released as the world’s elite and ultra-wealthy, convened in Davos, Switzerland this week for the World Economic Forum. That means the pandemic made a billionaire “at the rate of one every 30 hours”, the report said, while an estimated 263 million more people were expected to fall into extreme poverty this year, 1 million every 33 hours. people rate.

what do the numbers say here

The global number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 topped 526.1 million on Monday, while the death toll topped 6.27 million, According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University,

The US leads the world with 83.4 million cases and 1,002,385 deaths.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Tracker shows that 220.9 million people living in the US have been fully vaccinated, equivalent to 66.5% of the total population. But only 102.8 million have received the first booster, which is equivalent to 46.5% of the vaccinated population.

Only 12.5 million people age 50 and older who are eligible for a second booster have one, which is equivalent to 20% of those with a first booster.

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