Moderna announced Thursday that it has requested emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 17.
The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine has already obtained FDA clearance for children as young as 12 years old. Providing safe COVID vaccines to children is a crucial part of the effort to standardize classroom learning for the 2020-21 school year, in just over two months. in some school districts.
Moderna, who previously applied for authorization for adolescents with Health Canada and the European Medicines Agency, said she plans to file a similar application with agencies around the world.
“We remain committed to helping end the COVID-19 pandemic,” Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said in a statement.
Also in the news:
►A North Carolina woman accused of selling a bogus COVID-19 cure during the height of the pandemic. Diana Daffin, 68, a holistic health business owner in Charlotte, has been arrested after shipping the remedy to an undercover agent, the FDA said.
►Former Wisconsin Governors Jim Doyle, a Democrat, and Scott Walker, a Republican, team up to promote immunization in a new public service television commercial. Both are vaccinated.
►World Health Organization has warned that the highly transmissible Delta variant first identified in India is “about to settle in the region” as many countries prepare to ease travel restrictions summer.
►Germany has started rolling out a digital vaccination pass that can be used across Europe as the continent prepares for key summer travel season.
►Two passengers aboard MSC Cruises’ ship MSC Seaside tested positive for COVID-19 and disembarked Tuesday during a scheduled stopover in Sicily, Italy. MSC Cruises has been sailing in Europe on and off since August.
Today’s numbers: The United States has more than 33.4 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and at least 598,400 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 174.5 million cases and over 3.75 million deaths. Nearly 141 million Americans have been fully immunized, or 42.5% of the population, according to the CDC.
What we read: As Americans get vaccinated against the coronavirus, a report released Wednesday found that teens and adults may have missed millions of routine vaccinations recommended by the CDC in 2020.
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Longer shelf life of Johnson & Johnson vaccines could prevent waste
The Food and Drug Administration extended the expiration date of hundreds of thousands of doses of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, giving states with large unused allocations more time to administer them. The shelf life of J&J vaccines has been reduced from three months to four and a half months after stability testing. Many doses are said to have reached their expiration date on June 24.
Slowing demand and the lingering effects of an 11-day hiatus on the J&J vaccine have left states with vast supplies of vaccines in danger of expiring and needing to be thrown away. As of Wednesday, Arkansas alone had 93,271 doses of the unadministered J&J vaccine. Of those, 42,971 are said to have expired on June 23 and another 10,042 on July 4, the Arkansas Department of Health said.
In Ohio, Governor Mike DeWine had warned that nearly 200,000 doses of J&J would have to be thrown away before their expiration on June 24 if they could not find a taker.
– Elisabeth Weise
‘Jabs for jabs’ are having a hard time getting started in Washington state
Washington State’s new “joints for jabs” vaccination incentive program is off to a shaky start. Some cannabis retailers say they don’t have space for clinics. And some health care clinics are reluctant to set up shop in a pottery store. Some retailers say they would prefer the Alcohol and Cannabis Authority to allow breweries, wineries and bars to offer a free drink to customers who have simply presented proof of vaccination – no on-site clinic required.
“We hear from retailers that they want to be a part of this,” said Aaron Pickus, spokesperson for the Washington CannaBusiness Association, an industry group. “Why can’t we do this like the wineries and breweries did? “
Holding the fireworks: Biden’s July 4 vaccination target could be out of reach
President Joe Biden’s vaccine target for America – 70% of adults receiving at least one COVID-19 injection by July 4 – is starting to sound like a long plan. If the shooting continues at its current rate, the United States will not reach that mark. Over the past week, an average of around 365,000 adults received their first vaccine each day. To meet Biden’s target, that number will need to increase to about 630,000 newly vaccinated adults each day. The rate of vaccine administration slackened significantly from its peak in early April, when more than 2 million adults were newly immunized each day.
– Janie Haseman
Pfizer and BioNTech to donate 500 million doses of vaccine
Pfizer and BioNTech on Thursday announced plans to donate 500 million doses to the US government for distribution to 92 low-income countries and the African Union. The news confirms Wednesday’s report on President Joe Biden’s announcement at the G-7 summit. Vaccine inequality has become an increasingly pressing concern, and the World Health Organization has warned of a “two-way pandemic” as rich countries inoculate large parts of their populations and developing countries are exposed to the ravages of the coronavirus.
In a June 3 report, Oxfam International said that of the 1.77 billion doses administered worldwide so far, 28% had gone to people in the G-7 countries and only 0.3% had gone to people in the G-7 countries. low income countries. Such a disparity could prolong the pandemic and allow dangerous variants to emerge as the virus continues to spread.
Add to a growing number of DC hospitals that require employee vaccination
Most hospitals in Washington, DC, will require employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, joining a growing number of healthcare systems and other businesses nationwide in opting for the controversial tenure. Hospitals will each set their own deadline, the District of Columbia Hospital Association said in a statement on Tuesday. Reluctance to immunize has slowed progress in stinging the nation, and some health systems and other companies are trying to reignite the immunization momentum.
Jacqueline Bowens, President and CEO of the District of Columbia Hospital Association, said “Consensus is a reiteration of our hospitals’ commitment to safety by protecting our staff, patients and visitors from COVID-19” .
California regulators remove controversial work mask rules
California workplace regulators reversed for the second time in a week, withdrawing controversial pending mask regulations on Wednesday evening. This will give them time to consider a rule that aligns more closely with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s promise that the state will fully reopen the pandemic on Tuesday.
The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board’s revised rule would only have allowed workers to forgo masks if every employee in a room was fully immunized against the coronavirus. This contrasts with the state’s broader plan to remove virtually all masking requirements for those vaccinated, along with the CDC’s latest recommendations.
The goal, said board chairman David Thomas, is to change workplace regulations “to match the CDC and the California Department of Public Health, so we’re all on the line. same wavelength. That’s what it is, so we’re not out of step with everyone.
Seattle and San Francisco take their photos as top major cities for vaccinations
Two cities on the west coast are in a neck-and-neck race for the country’s highest vaccination status, and each can claim to keep the lead. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Wednesday said hers was the first major city in the United States with 70% of its residents aged 12 and over having completed their COVID-19 vaccinations, edging San Francisco by one point. percentage.
“Now that we have achieved community protection, we can lead the nation to reopen and safely recover,” Durkan said in a statement.
However, San Francisco is slightly ahead with the country’s best rate of residents aged 12 and older who have received at least one vaccine, 79-78%, and could advance in the race for herd immunity.
“I think we’re on our way to being the first city to achieve collective immunity,” Dr. Monica Gandhi, infectious disease expert at the University of California at San Francisco, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Our high levels of immunity mean that we are not susceptible to new infections, even while traveling here,” she said.
Contribution: The Associated Press