COVID News: CDC extends cruise ship health rules until mid-January

NEW YORK (WABC) — Federal health officials extended for nearly three more months its rules that cruise ships must follow to sail during the pandemic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the extension makes only “minor modifications” to rules already in effect. The agency said that after Jan. 15, it plans to … Read more

U.S. Children Could Be Eligible For Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine As Early As Next Week

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Millions of children in the United States could be eligible for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine as soon as next week. An FDA panel meets on Tuesday to consider recommending emergency use authorization for children ages 5 to 11. Final clearance won’t come until next week from the CDC, but if federal regulators give … Read more

EU medicines agency approves Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster dose

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said a third dose of Moderna”s COVID-19 vaccine “may be considered” in people aged 18 and older. The vaccine is usually given as two doses about four weeks apart in people aged 12 and older. But the European regulator said data showed that a third dose given six to eight … Read more

EU Drug Watchdog Backs Moderna Booster For All Over-18s

The approval comes amid concerns that protection levels dip after initial jabs. The Hague, Netherlands: The EU’s drug watchdog on Monday approved booster doses of Moderna’s Covid vaccine for all over-18s, amid concerns that protection levels dip after initial jabs. Spikevax is the second booster to be given the green light after Pfizer/Biontech’s Comirnaty jab … Read more

Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective in children ages 6-11

Moderna plans to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6-11 in “the near term,” the company said Monday.  The vaccine generates a strong protective effect and is well-tolerated within this age group, according to an interim analysis of clinical trial data from more than 4,700 children.  … Read more

COVID News: Vaccines for children could be available in weeks, Fauci says

NEW YORK (WABC) — Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts that vaccines for children between 5 and 11 could become available within the first two weeks of November. An FDA advisory panel meets this week to review Pfizer’s data on vaccines for young children. Initial indications from Pfizer’s trial data shows at one third of the adult … Read more

Moderna Says Its Low-Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Works For Kids 6 To 11

Moderna said Monday that a low dose of its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and appears to work in 6- to 11-year-olds, as the manufacturer moves toward expanding shots to children. Competitor Pfizer’s kid-sized vaccine doses are closer to widespread use, undergoing evaluation by the Food and Drug Administration for nearly the same age group — … Read more

Texas Department Of State Health Services To Lay Out Plan For Giving Kids COVID Vaccine

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Last week the Biden administration announced COVID-19 vaccines will be an option for children as young as 5 years old after the Center For Disease Control authorizes Pfizer’s shot. And it could be available in North Texas for emergency use in physicians offices, schools and other trusted providers soon. The Texas Department Of … Read more

COVID News: Benefits of vaccine outweigh risks for kids, FDA says

NEW YORK (WABC) — The FDA says the benefits outweigh the risks when it comes to giving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to children. The agency posted a new assessment for kids ages five to 11 Friday night. It notes a theoretical risk of heart inflammation for vaccinated children but says the danger of COVID-19 is greater. … Read more