U.S. FDA Vaccine Advisers Recommend Moderna COVID-19 Booster Shot for Emergency Use

Vaccine advisers to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended the Moderna COVID-19 booster shot for emergency use authorization on Oct. 14. The Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted unanimously in favor of authorizing the booster …

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Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott Bans COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Oct. 11 banning “any entity” in the state from enforcing a COVID-19 mandate. “No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee …

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WHO Recommends COVID-19 Booster Shot for Immunocompromised People

The World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine advisory group has recommended  on Oct. 11 a COVID-19 booster shot for people with weakened immune systems. After a four-day meeting, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization said that an additional …

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WHO Endorses World’s First Malaria Vaccine for At-Risk Children in Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed on Oct. 6 the widespread use of the world’s first malaria vaccine for at-risk children across Africa. “This is a historic moment. The long-awaited malaria vaccine for children is a breakthrough for science, …

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Sweden Stops Giving Moderna’s Spikevax for Those Born 1991 or Later due to Health Concerns

Sweden has stopped administering Moderna’s Spikevax for citizens born in 1991 or later due to possible side effects including heart muscle inflammation. “The conditions are most common among young men, in connection with, for example, viral infections such as covid-19. …

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Johnson & Johnson Seeks FDA Clearance for Booster Doses

Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to approve a booster shot of its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 years and older. J&J’s application indicatded that a late-stage study shows that a booster dose given …

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