President Joe Biden on Thursday is set to discuss publicly the COVID-19 vaccines as a meeting of a federal advisory committee discuss safety and the need for a booster shot for people who have received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee of Food and Medicine voted Thursday on Moderna boosters and Friday on J&J boosters.
While the booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was first approved for some Americans in August, those who received Moderna and J&J as their first shot were told to wait before receiving another round.
However, to J&J promoters, it’s unclear whether the federal committee will have enough data to approve another shot. Approximately 8,000 people were studied after receiving a second dose of J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine two months after their first, and only 17 were monitored after getting a second shot at six months.
The panel will also hear information on Friday about getting another vaccine as a follow-up.
Also in the news:
► A California judge partially blocked an order that took effect Friday requiring state prison employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The temporary restraining order prevents enforcement of the law for united guards, while other workers in prisons with health care facilities have to be vaccinated.
► More than 100 performing arts centers, cruise lines and other businesses, along with several public officials across Florida are being investigated by the Department of Health for possible violations of a state law prohibiting the use of a COVID-19 vaccine vaccine or other commands.
► The New Hampshire Executive Council on Wednesday rejected $ 27 million in federal funding for vaccination outreach. The money would have allowed the state to hire a public health manager and a dozen workers to promote COVID-19 vaccines and address concerns about it.
►The Archbishop for Military Services has said that U.S. service members who object to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine based on their conscience should not be punished.
► Approximately 800 workers in the city of San Francisco have requested medical or religious exclusions to avoid the upcoming deadline for them to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or lose their jobs. So far, the city has not approved a request.
.. Numbers today: The US recorded more than 44.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 719,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data Worldwide totals: More than 239.2 million cases and 4.8 million deaths. More than 187 million Americans – 56% of the population – are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
📘 What we’re reading: Parents are already getting a shortage of child care providers – the workforce has dropped nearly 10% from pre -pandemic levels. Vaccine mandates can do this even more it is more difficult for day care workers to hire other qualified staff.
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Infants, children and adolescents are equally capable of carrying high levels of the virus caused by COVID-19 in their respiratory secretions, according to the research published on Thursday in the Journal of Infectious Diseases forming earlier, similar findings.
Researchers at several institutions in Boston – Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard – studied 110 children two weeks to 21 years old who tested positive for COVID -19 .
The researchers found high levels of the virus matched live, infectious virus and children were more contagious within the first five days of illness, for both symptomatic and asymptomatic children. The researchers found no correlation between the age of the children and the amount of their viral load, as well as no correlation between the viral load and the severity of the disease in the children.
“Children with COVID-19, even without symptoms, are contagious and can have SARS-CoV-2 variations,” said Lael Yonker, a study author and pediatric pulmonologist at Massachusetts General, in a statement. “The implications of this study show that masking and other public health measures are necessary for everyone – children, adolescents and adults – to keep us away from this pandemic.”
– Grace Hauck
Americans drink more, smoke more, exercise less and spend more time in front of a computer or television compared to pre-pandemic levels, a study led by UCLA researchers found.
Of those reviewed, research found that alcohol consumption increased by 23% and cigarette smoking by 9%, respectively. Smoking in particular can have a detrimental effect on those who contracted COVID-19: Current and former smokers were 2.4 times more likely to need intensive care unit support or die from illness, compared to non-smokers, presented in the study.
Exercise was reduced by nearly a third and screen time increased by 60%, the researchers found. Other countries such as Canada, Italy, Brazil and Poland noticed similar behavior during the pandemic.
Dr. Liwei Chen, lead author of the study and UCLA professor of epidemiology, said restrictions on unnecessary activities and orders to stay at home negatively affect certain behaviors among overweight Americans. – especially among minorities.
After a recent riot in a hospital requiring a Colorado woman to get the coronavirus vaccine Before considering for an organ transplant, there are many high-profile health systems policies are also being considered to add vaccines to COVID-19 on the required list of vaccinations.
Hospitals that transplant the heart, lungs, lungs or other organs have strict requirements and prioritize patients based on a range of factors, including medical necessity, suitability and likelihood of success.
“Organs are a scarce resource,” said Deepali Kumar, president -elect of the American Society of Transplantation. “We have a duty to make sure the gift is protected.”
There are two main reasons why transplant doctors recommend that patients get a COVID-19 vaccine before they receive a transplant: Studies have shown that people with organ transplants are more likely to die. if they contract COVID-19 compared to the general population. And vaccines are less effective in post-transplant patients who must take anti-rejection medications.
“It just adds to a list of mild and necessary vaccines to prevent the death of someone who has been vaccinated after a transplant,” Drs. Art Caplan, head of the medical ethics division at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
– Ken Alltucker
Ang best booster for Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine could be either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, according to a study at the National Institutes of Health posted Wednesday.
“Mix and Match is a big study that people have been waiting for, it has provided a lot of new data, and nothing more about Johnson & Johnson with an mRNA booster before,” Drs. Eric Topol, vice president for research at Scripps Research in La Jolla, California, and a national expert on the use of data in medical research.
The study, which included nearly 500 people, found that shooting J&J followed by one of the mRNA vaccines as a booster produced a stronger immune response than two doses of J&J. For people who get a two -dose series of Pfizer or Moderna, a booster dose of either mRNA vaccine is effective.
The new study comes just a day before a key Food and Medicine advisory committee begins to meet to discuss possible booster doses of Moderna and J&J vaccines. Pfizer boosters were approved on Sept. 24.
– Elizabeth way
The World Health Organization said the number of global coronavirus cases fell last week, continuing a downward trend that began in late August.
In the latest weekly pandemic analysis published on Wednesday, the UN health agency said there were approximately 2.8 million new cases and 46,000 confirmed deaths last week, a drop of 7% and 10% respectively. Europe reported a 7% increase in cases, while all other regions in the world reported a decrease.
The WHO said Europe also had the biggest increase in deaths last week, with 11% more deaths than COVID-19. The WHO said the highest number of new cases in Europe were reported in Britain, Turkey and Russia.
Troubled business owners and families separated by COVID-19 restrictions rejoiced Wednesday after the U.S. said it would reopen its land borders to unnecessary travel in a month, ending in 19 month freezing.
Travel across land borders from Canada and Mexico is increasingly limited to workers whose work is considered important. The new rules will allow fully vaccinated foreigners to enter the U.S. for whatever reason starting in early November.
Shopping malls and large box retailers in U.S. border towns such as San Diego, Calif., Nogales, Ariz., And Del Rio, Texas, whose parking spaces are filled with cars with Mexico’s plate has been hit by travel restrictions.
In Del Rio, Texas, Mexican visitors account for nearly 65% of retail sales, said Blanca Larson, executive director of the city’s chamber of commerce and Bureau of Visitors of 35,000 people.
Contributing: The Associated Press