CDC panel recommends new omicron Covid boosters with injections set to begin next week

Justin Sullivan | Getty Images The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s independent committee on vaccines has recommended reformulated booster shots that target the latest omicron subvariants. The panel voted 13 to 1 on Thursday in favor of the injections after reviewing available data on safety and effectiveness in a nearly seven-hour meeting. CDC Director … Read more

Study finds Pfizer’s antiviral has little to no benefit for young adults, and WHO says BA.5 omicron subvariant accounted for 74% of cases in past week

Pfizer’s COVID antiviral, Paxlovid, appears to have little to no benefit for young adults, although it still reduces the risk of hospitalization or death in older adults, according to a new Israeli study. Data from the study of 109,000 patients could renew questions about the US government’s use of Paxlovid, which has become the gold … Read more

Pfizer and BioNTech say data shows COVID vaccine is more than 70% effective in young children, with cases rising in just 7 states

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Tuesday offered updated COVID vaccine data supporting efficacy in children 6 months to 4 years old. Businesses EFP, -1.97% BTX, +0.03% said updated analysis of 34 cases occurring at least seven days after a three-dose regimen showed a vaccine efficacy of 73.2% in children in this age group. … Read more

Zoom struggles to convince consumers to pay, and stock slips

Zoom Video Communications Inc. is struggling to convince people to pay for its video conferencing service in the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to a reduced forecast and falling stock price on Monday. Zoom ZM, -2.07% executives slashed their full-year earnings and revenue forecast Monday afternoon, and Zoom chief financial officer Kelly Steckelberg … Read more

Polio and monkeypox demonstrate ‘increased focus’ on viruses

Over two years of COVID-19, and people think differently about viruses. This month, the United States declared monkeypox a public health emergency, and people at high risk of contracting the virus – especially men who have sex with men – are lining the streets town to get vaccinated. An epidemic of avian influenza which raises … Read more

Polio vaccination rates for children are low in parts of New York, increasing the risk of outbreaks

Nurse Lydia Fulton prepares to administer the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine as well as a vaccine used to help prevent diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus and polio diseases to the Children’s Primary Care Clinic in Minneapolis, MN. Courtney Perry | The Washington Post | Getty Images Childhood polio vaccination rates are as low as 37% … Read more

South Korea offers North ‘bold’ economic benefits for denuclearization

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday offered “bold” economic aid to North Korea if it scraps its nuclear weapons program while avoiding harsh criticism from the North days after threatening of “deadly” retaliation against the COVID-19 epidemic he blames the South. In a speech celebrating the end of Japanese … Read more

South Korea offers North ‘bold’ economic benefits for denuclearization

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Monday offered “bold” economic aid to North Korea if it scraps its nuclear weapons program while avoiding harsh criticism from the North days after threatening of “deadly” retaliation against the COVID-19 epidemic he blames the South. In a speech celebrating the end of Japanese … Read more

CDC relaxes Covid guidelines as US has more tools to fight virus and keep people out of hospitals

A sign outside a hospital advertises COVID-19 testing on November 19, 2021 in New York City. Vaccine advisers from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention voted unanimously on Friday to recommend a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccines for all adults in the US six months later. have completed their first two doses. … Read more

Polio case in New York is just the ‘tip of the iceberg’, hundreds could be infected

Digitally generated image of polio virus 3D molecular model Pictures of Calysta | Tetra Images | Getty Images Hundreds of people could have polio after an adult in the New York metropolitan area caught the virus and suffered paralysis last month, the state’s top health official said this week. New York State Health Commissioner Mary … Read more