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U.S. Will Lift Restrictions on Fully Vaccinated International Travelers in November

Starting in November, the United States plans to lift travel restrictions on people coming from overseas who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

This move by the Biden administration will open the United States to relatives separated from families as well as business travelers. The restrictions, involving many European countries, China, Iran and Brazil, have been in place since March ...

HPV Infection Tied to Higher Odds of Premature Delivery

MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women infected with certain strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) may have a heightened risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests.

HPV is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause genital warts. Most of the time, the immune system clears the infection. But some strains of HPV become persistent in a minority of pe...

Lower Dose of Pfizer COVID Vaccine Works Well in Young Children, Company Says

A smaller dose of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine safely triggers a strong immune response in children as young as 5, the company announced Monday morning.

"Over the past nine months, hundreds of millions of people ages 12 and older from around the world have received our COVID-19 vaccine. We are eager to extend the protection afforded by the vaccine to this younger population, subject to r...

Delta Variant Now Fueling 99% of U.S. COVID Cases

If a person is diagnosed with COVID-19 in the United States right now, it's almost certainly caused by the Delta variant.

The highly transmissible variant, which caused crippling surges in India and Britain this past spring and fueled case spikes in the United States this summer, is now responsible for over 99% of all cases tracked in this country, according to the latest data from the

Review of Booster Shots for Moderna, J&J Vaccines Just Weeks Away: Fauci

MONDAY, Sept. 20, 2021 (HealthDay News) – If Americans who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines are dismayed by the lack of information on booster shots for them, their wait should end soon.

Data on booster shots for those vaccines is only a few weeks away from a review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday during interviews on...

Study Spots People at High Risk of Severe Breakthrough COVID

A study of millions of people vaccinated against COVID-19 has identified those at greatest risk of hospitalization and death after breakthrough infection.

The most vulnerable are those who are immunosuppressed from chemotherapy, a recent bone marrow or solid organ transplant, or HIV/AIDS. Also at risk are people with neurological disorders (such as dementia and Parkinson's disease), nur...

FDA Panel OKs Pfizer Booster Shot for  People 65 or Older, But Not Younger

An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday recommended a third Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine booster shot for all Americans aged 65 or older, as well as for those deemed to be at high risk for severe illness.

According to The New York Times, that vote came after a near unanimous decision (16 to 2) by the same independent panel of experts that sa...

Long-Haul COVID in Kids Typically Ends Within 3 Months: Study

In kids and teens, symptoms of long COVID rarely last more than 12 weeks, a new international study reports.

The researchers also found that exposure to the highly contagious Delta variant did not result in more serious disease in children compared to earlier variants, and that most cases of COVID-19 were asymptomatic or mild.

Despite those reassurances, the study did include a trou...

FDA Advisory Panel to Meet on COVID Booster Shots

U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisors will meet Friday to consider whether it is safe and effective for Americans to receive a third "booster" dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

The FDA posted the materials it intends to use in the review on Wednesday. The advisory panel will review a variety of evidence, including new data from Israel, the Associated Press<...

Is Flu Ready for a Comeback? Get Your Shot

Health officials are bracing for a viral double whammy this fall and winter.

"This year, we expect influenza and COVID-19 to circulate at the same time," said Dr. Jonathan Grein, director of hospital epidemiology at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

That's why Grein and his colleagues remind Americans that it's time to get your seasonal flu shot. This fall, it's not only a key to keepin...

White House Offers Nicki Minaj a Call After She Balks on COVID Vaccine

The White House has reached out to rapper Nicki Minaj over her concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, which she said had caused swollen testicles in a friend of her cousin in Trinidad.

A White House official said Minaj was offered a call with a doctor to address her questions about the vaccine, after her message went viral on Twitter, various outlets report.

Minaj said

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  • Hospitalizing the Unvaccinated Has Cost U.S. Nearly $6 Billion

    The cost of providing hospital care for unvaccinated Americans has reached $5.7 billion in just three months, CBS News reported.

    Between June and August, about 287,000 people who were not vaccinated were hospitalized for COVID-19 in the United States, according to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and the Peterson Center on Healthcare, which collaborated to track healt...

    Biden Administration Buys More Monoclonal Antibody Treatments to Ward Off Shortage

    As severe cases of COVID-19 rise and demand surges for monoclonal antibody treatments, the U.S. government is ordering more from two key suppliers.

    Monoclonal antibodies, which are lab-engineered immune system proteins, can help trigger a healthy immune response against COVID-19 infection.

    The Biden administration has also taken over distributing the therapeutics, to help avoid shor...

    Even When Undergoing Treatment, People With MS Gain From COVID Vaccines

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients undergoing a treatment that depletes a type of immune cell that fuels MS attacks still have a strong response to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, a new study finds.

    "The message from this study is clear — it is worthwhile for patients with MS receiving [anti-CD20] treatment to get a COVID-19 vaccine, which will prevent severe illness," said researcher E. John Whe...

    Is a Combo COVID/Flu Shot on the Way?

    During the next few weeks or months, you might find yourself dropping by the doctor's office or pharmacy to get your annual flu shot along with a dose of COVID vaccine.

    Unfortunately, you'll have to get two individual jabs. Though at least two drug companies are working on a combo flu/COVID booster, the single-dose shot won't be ready for this flu season.

    But rest assured that it's ...

    COVID Vaccines for Kids Under 12 Could Come This Fall: Fauci

    Many parents hoping for COVID-19 vaccines for their children younger than 12 may get their wish this fall, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci.

    The vaccines could be authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this fall for children ages 5 to 11, Fauci told CNN on Tuesday.

    "If you look at the studies that we at the (National Institutes of Health) are doing in collaborati...

    WHO Says Africa Will Get 30% of COVID Vaccines It Needs by February

    In Africa, only 4% of people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Leaders had once hoped to have 60% of people living on the continent vaccinated this year.

    That now appears unlikely.

    The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners said they do hope to provide African countries with 30% of the vaccines the continent needs by February, the Associated Press

    Jeff Bridges Says Cancer Is in Remission, But COVID Fight Was Tougher

    Jeff Bridges has had a rough year.

    Almost a year ago, the actor was diagnosed with lymphoma. Then in January, he was exposed to the COVID-19 virus while receiving chemotherapy.

    "Covid kicked my (expletive) pretty good," Bridges wrote in a blog post on his website, USA Today reported.

    Bridges, 71, said he spent five weeks in the hospital with COVID-19 because his imm...

    Blood Cancer Patients Could Benefit From COVID Booster Shot: Study

    Patients with B-cell blood cancers who did not make antibodies to COVID-19 after two shots of vaccine may find that a third shot does the trick, new research finds.

    More than half the patients who had failed to respond to the first two shots had a positive response to the third, or booster, shot, according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society study.

    "The additional COVID-19 vaccine do...

    Ebola Vaccine Effective in African Clinical Trial

    An experimental Ebola vaccine appeared effective in children and adults in a clinical trial.

    Two doses of Johnson & Johnson's Ebola vaccine appear safe, well tolerated and produce a strong immune response in people over the age of 1, according to two just-published papers.

    ...

    Most Older Americans Believe Health Care Workers Should Be Vaccinated: Poll

    Eight in 10 older Americans think health care workers should be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to a new poll.

    Among 50- to 80-year-olds, 61% of respondents said the vaccine should be required for all health care workers. Another 19% said vaccination should probably be required. The remaining 20% oppose mandatory vaccination, the findings showed.

    The results are from a nation...

    Israeli Data on COVID Boosters to Be Published This Week in Major Journal

    TUESDAY, Sept. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) – New data out of Israel, to be published this week, could bolster the notion that a third booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine significantly lowers a recipient's odds for severe illness.

    The data is scheduled to be published in the peer-reviewed New England Journal of Medicine, ahead of this week's U.S. Food and Drug Administra...

    Britain OK's COVID Vaccine for Kids 12 and Older; Hopes to Avoid Lockdowns

    While in the United States preteens and teens aged 12 to 15 have been eligible for COVID-19 vaccines since the spring, the vaccines are only now becoming available for that age group in the United Kingdom.

    According to the Associated Press,on MondayBritain gave its approval for use of the vaccines in children 12 and older as part of a "tool kit" to avoid lockdowns this fall and ...

    Are Stillbirths More Common in Women Infected With COVID?

    COVID-19 is surging in U.S. states with low vaccination rates, and these places may also be seeing a higher-than-usual number of stillbirths linked to the virus.

    While the number of stillbirths is still very low nationally, doctors in the Deep South have noticed increases in stillbirths, NBC News reported.

    One of those states is Alabama. But the numbers are too low overal...

    COVAX Cuts Global COVID Vaccine Supply Estimates By a Quarter

    Fewer COVID-19 vaccine doses than expected will be available through the global COVAX program, affecting many less-affluent nations waiting on these doses.

    The United Nations forecast last week that it would have about 25% fewer vaccines to distribute through COVAX this year — 1.4 billion compared to an earlier projection for 1.9 billion doses,

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  • L.A. Is First Major School District to Mandate Vaccines for Students 12 and Up

    Los Angeles has become the first major school system in the United States to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all students 12 and older.

    L.A.'s Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to require all students 12 and older to be vaccinated before they can attend in-person classes, The New York Times reported. The school district is the second largest in the nation, and the m...

    Vaccinated Have 1 in 13,000 Chance of Breakthrough Case Needing Hospitalization

    With tens of millions of Americans now vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of August, so-called "breakthrough" cases are bound to occur. But there's reassuring news from new data: Most such cases are mild and those leading to hospitalization are exceedingly rare.

    Overall, the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that as of Aug. 30, there have been...

    Getting Your First COVID Shot Can Boost Mental Health: Study

    When you got your first COVID-19 jab, did you breathe a sigh of relief? If so, you're not alone.

    U.S. adults who got the vaccine between December 2020 and March 2021 experienced a 4% reduction in their risk of being mildly depressed and a 15% drop in their risk of severe depression, researchers reported Sept. 8 in the journal PLOS ONE.

    "People who got vaccinated experienced a reduct...

    Biden to Strengthen Push for Vaccine Mandates in New COVID Plan

    President Joe Biden is slated to announce an ambitious six-point plan to double down on a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, including more pressure on government, business and schools to implement vaccine mandates, news sources report. A speech outlining the new plan is scheduled for 5 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, The New York Times said.

    Speaking Wednesday at a med...

    Why Aren't COVID Vaccines Getting to People Globally?

    The highly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 has highlighted a fear shared by infectious disease experts worldwide: That increasingly dangerous mutations will continue to crop up until most people around the globe are vaccinated.

    "There are going to be more variants and they may eventually be variants of concern or variants that pose problems for the vaccine," said Dr. Amesh Adal...

    U.S. COVID-19 Cases Now Top 40 Million

    There have now been more than 40 million cases of COVID-19 recorded among Americans, according to a database maintained by The New York Times. That's nearly one-fifth of the global total of cases.

    With the Delta variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus cutting a swathe through the United States, and about 47% of the eligible population still not fully vaccinated, COVID-19 has ro...

    In Cancer Patients, COVID Vaccine Immunity at 6 Months Is Similar to General Population

    Cancer patients who get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine appear to maintain the same levels of antibodies as people without cancer, Israeli researchers report.

    They compared the rate of COVID infections after the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) among 154 patients with solid tumors with that of 135 patients without cancer.

    In all, 79% of the cancer patients had antibodies --...

    New COVID Cases Were 300% Higher This Labor Day Weekend Than Last Year

    With the Delta variant surging and many Americans mask- and vaccine-free, new cases of COVID-19 spiked to levels over the long Labor Day weekend that were 300% higher than those seen over the same weekend in 2020, according to a new tally from Johns Hopkins University.

    That means packed hospitals and rising numbers of infected children as a new school year begins, according to

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  • September 7, 2021
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  • Which Cancer Patients Need a COVID Booster Shot Most?

    An alliance of leading U.S. cancer centers has updated guidance about COVID-19 vaccine boosters for cancer patients and the people around them.

    The National Comprehensive Cancer Network's new recommendations are intended for health care providers.

    "COVID-19 can be very dangerous, especially for people living with cancer, which is why we're so grateful for safe and effective vaccines...

    Top Federal Health Officials Ask White House to Scale Back on COVID Boosters

    Top U.S. health officials have reportedly warned the White House to curtail its plans to offer COVID-19 booster shots to Americans later this month.

    Leaders of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention both told White House pandemic coordinator Jeffrey Zients in a meeting Tuesday that their agencies will not be able to fully assess the n...

    New 'Mu' Coronavirus Variant Being Watched Closely: Fauci

    A new coronavirus variant called Mu that may be able to evade existing antibodies, including those from vaccines, is under close watch by U.S. health officials.

    The variant hasn't taken extensive hold in the United States at this point, but the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is taking it "very seriously," according to its director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, CBS Ne...

    Major Study Finds No Serious Health Issues From Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines

    An ongoing study of more than 6 million Americans found no serious side effects linked to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

    "These results from our safety surveillance are reassuring," said Dr. Nicola Klein, director of the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center in Oakland, Calif. She spoke in a Kaiser Permanente news release.

    Klein is also a leader of Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD), which stu...

    Experts Push Back Against Rush for COVID Booster Shots

    Opposition is mounting among U.S. and international health experts against President Joe Biden's push to make COVID-19 booster shots available later this month.

    The scientific evidence simply isn't there to support booster shots, and those doses would be better used in the arms of the unvaccinated around the world to prevent future mutations of COVID, infectious disease experts said in an...

    COVID Cases Rise Sharply Among Kids as School Year Starts

    As the school year gets underway across the United States, new data shows that coronavirus cases among children are climbing.

    Since the pandemic began, children have represented 14.8% of total cases, but for the week ending Aug. 26, that percentage jumped to 22.4%, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    While child COVID-19 cases declined in early summer, they have "increa...

    Americans' COVID Medical Bills Are Set to Rise

    COVID-19 care is likely to get more expensive for Americans with the expiration of insurers' temporary waivers on costs associated with treating the illness.

    Earlier in the pandemic, patients didn't have their normal co-payments or deductibles for emergency room visits or hospital stays for COVID-19, and most tests were also free, The New York Times reported.

    As the pandemi...

    Pfizer to Ship Smaller Packages of COVID Vaccine to Cut Waste, Boost Uptake

    Smaller packages of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine that could be available this fall might improve vaccine access and reduce the number of wasted doses, government documents show.

    The Pfizer vaccine has been available in two packages, one with 450 doses and another with 1,170, but the vaccine's storage requirements make it difficult for smaller facilities to store large amounts of the vacci...

    Few Symptoms After Your COVID Shot? Don't Worry, You Still Got Immune Boost

    Just because you didn't have a significant reaction after your COVID-19 shot doesn't mean it's not working, researchers say.

    "It wasn't known if a lack of symptoms following vaccination or prior SARS-CoV-2 infection would indicate a less-than-adequate antibody response in people who received either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, so we studied an available group of staff from our...

    FDA Advisory Panel Set to Meet on Booster Shots

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will hold a key advisory panel meeting on coronavirus booster shots on Sept. 17, a mere three days before the Biden administration plans to begin offering third shots for Americans.

    While the public session could add clarity to what some feel has been a confusing decision-making process, it also could fuel more controversy over the administration's pl...

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    15 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Wasted in U.S. Since March 1

    At least 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been thrown away in the United States since March 1, government data shows.

    That's a far greater amount than previously known, but it is still just a small fraction of the total doses administered in this country, according to NBC News.

    The data is self-reported by pharmacies, states and other vaccine providers, but does n...

    Risk of Long COVID Falls by Half in 'Breakthrough' Cases

    In a finding that should reassure Americans who have already lined up to get their coronavirus shots, a new study shows the risk of long COVID-19 is halved in fully vaccinated adults if they do get a breakthrough infection.

    Researchers analyzed data from people who provided information for a COVID symptom study in the U.K. between Dec. 8, 2020, and July 4, 2021, including 1.2 million who...

    COVID Vaccines’ Power Fades With Time, But Still Protective: Study

    A new study of more than 19,000 San Diego health care workers finds that COVID-19 vaccination may have lost some of its power to ward off "breakthrough" infections.

    But that's no reason to lose faith in the vaccines: In the study, the rate of COVID-19 infection in July among unvaccinated workers was nearly triple that of people who had gotten their shots.

    Still, the study found a "d...

    COVID Vaccines Cut Odds of Hospitalization By Two-Thirds

    If you're vaccinated against COVID-19, you may still get infected -- but the odds you'll need hospitalization are reduced by about two-thirds compared to unvaccinated people, a new study reveals.

    Vaccination also greatly increases the chances that COVID-19 infection will be asymptomatic and halves the risk of long-haul symptoms -- those lasting 28 days or more, researchers report in T...

    Two Top Officials in FDA's Vaccine Review Office to Retire

    Two senior leaders in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's vaccine review office are stepping down, but their departures won't slow efforts to combat the pandemic, the agency said Tuesday.

    "We are confident in the expertise and ability of our staff to continue our critical public health work, including evaluating COVID-19 vaccines," FDA spokesperson Stephanie Caccomo told CNN....

    U.S. COVID Vaccination Rates Climb in August

    Nearly 14 million Americans got their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in August, a steep rise from July, White House officials said Tuesday.

    The statistic is a sign that vaccine skepticism may be waning, as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to fuel case surges across the United States.

    "We've accelerated the pace of first shots. In August, we got over 14 million. Tha...

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    Unvaccinated Should Not Travel This Labor Day Weekend: CDC

    Unvaccinated Americans should stay home during the holiday weekend as COVID-19 cases surge due to the highly contagious Delta variant, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.

    "First and foremost, if you are unvaccinated, we would recommend not traveling," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing,

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