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CDC advisors recommend approval of COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11
Advisors to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are recommending Pfizer’s two-dose COVID-19 vaccine be made available to children 5 to 11 years old. As it stands, only those 12 and older are authorized to get a Pfizer vaccine. More than 5.5 million Michigan residents have gotten a COVID-19 vaccine as of Tuesday, Oct. 26, including more than 3 million who received a Pfizer shot. To find a vaccine near you, eligible residents can visit Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccine website or go to VaccineFinder.org. Read more on MLive:4 ways vaccinating younger children for COVID-19 could be a game-changer592 infected across 101 new COVID-19 outbreaks at Michigan schoolsWho is left to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and why is it the toughest task yet?mlive.com
How soon could children 5-11 get a COVID-19 vaccine?
In the past, the timeline for approving a COVID-19 vaccine has been quick following a recommendation from the FDA’s advisory committee. After the committee voted in favor of Pfizer’s first COVID-19 vaccine Dec. 10, 2020, the FDA approved the EUA on Dec. 11, the CDC’s committee issued its recommendation Dec. 12, and the CDC recommended the vaccine Dec. 13. Pfizer’s EUA request is for a two-dose, 10-microgram dose of its COVID-19 vaccine. More than 5.47 million Michigan residents have received a COVID-19 vaccine, including more than 3 million who received a Pfizer shot. To find a vaccine near you, eligible residents can visit Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccine website or go to VaccineFinder.org.mlive.com
FDA still silent on Covid booster shots as key CDC panel concludes first day of a two-day meeting
A syringe is filled with a dose of Pfizer's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a pop-up community vaccination center at the Gateway World Christian Center in Valley Stream, New York, U.S., February 23, 2021. The Food and Drug Administration still hasn't announced whether it will authorize Pfizer-BioNTech Covid booster shots for some Americans even as a key Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine advisory group concludes its first day of a two-day meeting on the topic. Usually, the FDA announces its decision on certain vaccines or drugs before the CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices take their turn to meet and issue their own recommendations. The CDC panel is supposed to vote on the booster shots Thursday, but officials said they will postpone that meeting if the FDA's decision isn't announced by the time the committee reconvenes at noon. The FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee on Friday overwhelmingly rejected a plan to distribute the extra shots to Americans 16 and older, before unanimously embracing an alternate plan to give boosters to older Americans and those at a high risk of suffering from severe illness.cnbc.com
CDC scientist says there's limited data to evaluate Covid booster doses for general population
A new CDC presentation says the data needed to properly evaluate Covid-19 vaccine booster shots for the general population is limited — even as U.S. President Joe Biden pressures health officials to clear the shots for wide distribution beginning the week of Sept. 20. The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is meeting Monday to consider booster shots for all eligible Americans. Since the highly contagious delta variant first appeared, vaccine efficacy has ranged between 39% and 84%, according to the presentation, which referenced several separate studies. Israel data shows the efficacy of Pfizer's vaccine has fallen to as low as 39% in that country. Once booster shots are available, nursing home residents, health-care providers and the elderly — the first groups to get vaccinated in December and January — are likely to be prioritized for the extra shots, the CDC slides suggested.cnbc.com
Watch live: CDC panel meets to debate Covid booster shots for vulnerable Americans
[The stream is slated to start at 11 a.m. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel is holding a meeting Friday to discuss the distribution of Covid-19 booster shots to people with weak immune systems. The meeting comes one day after the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency approval of a third dose of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for vulnerable Americans. A vote by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices on whether or not to update CDC booster shot guidelines is expected around 1 p.m.cnbc.com
CDC finds more cases of rare heart inflammation than expected after Covid vaccine shots
Myocarditis is the inflammation of the heart muscle, while pericarditis is the inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart. There have been more than 1,200 cases of a rare heart inflammation condition in people who received Pfizer 's or Moderna' s Covid-19 vaccine, according to a CDC presentation slide published Wednesday ahead of an advisory meeting. The agency said there have been 267 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis reported after receiving one dose of the mRNA vaccines and 827 reported cases after two doses through June 11. Men under 30 make up the bulk of the cases, the CDC said, and most cases appear to be mild. The CDC's vaccine safety group is looking into the heart inflammation conditions reported.cnbc.com
CDC expects pause of J&J vaccine to be matter of days as experts study ‘extremely rare’ blood clots
Federal regulators haven’t provided a timeline for when use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine might resume, but they don’t expect it to be prolonged. A group of independent medical and public health experts are expected to hold an emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon, April 14, to discuss the recent recommended pause of administering Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. The cases being investigated involved a type of blood clot in the brain known as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, combined with thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet count). In Michigan, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been administered to 209,218 residents. Read more on MLive:Michigan will pause use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, following CDC guidanceJohnson & Johnson pause has similarities to AstraZeneca, not Pfizer or Moderna vaccinesMore than 3.3M Michiganders have had first dose of COVID-19 vaccinePause of J&J COVID-19 vaccine shows ‘safety checks in place,’ Spectrum Health doctor saysmlive.com
CDC director signs off on J&J's single-shot Covid vaccine, clearing way for distribution to begin
Walensky's green light comes after an advisory panel to the CDC voted unanimously to recommend the use of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine. "Today marks an encouraging step toward an end to the #COVID19 pandemic," Walensky wrote on Twitter. "I have now signed CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' (ACIP) recommendation that endorsed the safety and effectiveness of Janssen's COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 & up." The introduction of the J&J shot could be a boon to the U.S. supply of vaccine. The J&J vaccine's level of protection against Covid-19 in trials varied by region, according to FDA documents released on Wednesday.cnbc.com
Dr. Fauci: There's 'a bit of confusion' about when everyone will get vaccinated — here's the timeline you need to know
The question many healthy, non-essential-worker adults have is, when will they will be able to get the Covid vaccine? "There is a bit of confusion" about the timeline, White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said during an interview with "Pod Save America" Thursday. Only when that's complete can "anybody and everybody" get in line for a vaccine, Fauci said. By the end of May, the U.S. is projected to have 400 million doses, Biden said. By July, the country will "likely have all 600 million doses that we contracted for to vaccinate 300 million people," Fauci said.cnbc.com
CDC director says schools can safely reopen without vaccinating teachers
Teachers do not need to get vaccinated against Covid-19 before schools can safely reopen, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. "There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated," CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters during a White House news briefing on Covid-19. "Vaccinations of teachers is not a prerequisite for safely reopening schools," she added. However, it may take a while for most teachers to get their shots as U.S. officials work to pick up the pace of vaccinations. Meanwhile, teachers and other faculty have expressed concerns about returning to school, potentially putting their health at risk.cnbc.com
More than 37,000 Michigan health care workers get coronavirus vaccine
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday, Dec. 24 that more than 37,000 front-line health care workers have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive, said some essential health care workers with underlying health conditions are particularly vulnerable to the virus. The updated phases are as follows:Phase 1: At-risk paid and unpaid health care workers who have the potential to directly or indirectly infect patients. Health care providers may bill insurance companies for administrative costs, but there should be no out-of-pocket expenses for the person being vaccinated. Information on the distribution of the vaccine, including the number of providers enrolled to give the vaccine and the doses distributed, can be found on the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.mlive.com
CDC green-lights Moderna COVID vaccine, distribution begins
OLIVE BRANCH, MISSISSIPPI - DECEMBER 20: Boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the McKesson distribution center on December 20, 2020 in Olive Branch, Mississippi. CDC has accepted the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommendation for use of the second authorized #COVID19 vaccine. Current recommendations: https://t.co/cYJxH31I3F pic.twitter.com/qOQwyASpSG — CDC (@CDCgov) December 20, 2020The CDC accepted the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’(ACIP) recommendation for use of the Moderna vaccine on Sunday, Dec. 20. President, American Medical AssociationThe Moderna vaccine began shipping out Sunday, just days after the Food and Drug Administration authorized it for emergency use. Both the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer shot require individuals receive two doses several weeks apart.
CDC panel says frontline essential workers, people 75 years and older should get Covid vaccine next
The committee included frontline essential workers such as firefighters, police officers, teachers, corrections officers and others in the phase 1b group, but relegated "other essential workers" to phase 1c. The full list of frontline essential workers covered by the recommendation also includes all educational staff, including daycare workers, food and agricultural workers, manufacturing workers, U.S. postal service employees, public transit workers and grocery store workers, according to ACIP's provided list. Those remaining essential workers include transportation and logistics workers, food service workers, construction workers, finance workers, IT and communications workers, energy workers, media personnel, legal workers, engineers and wastewater workers, ACIP said. "Vaccinating older adults first averts slightly more deaths, while vaccinating younger adults first, essential workers and younger adults with high-risk conditions, averts slightly more infections." Dr. Peter Szilagyi of the University of California, Los Angeles said one reason to prioritize essential workers is that minority communities are disproportionately represented among essential workers.cnbc.com
Michigan Medicine to begin vaccinating health care workers this week
ANN ARBOR , MI — With FDA “emergency use authorization” of the COVID-19 vaccine, Michigan Medicine announced Monday it will begin vaccinating its health care workers this week. Starting the week of Dec. 13, healthcare organizations from around the country, including Michigan Medicine, will begin vaccinating people based on the recommended prioritization guidelines from CDC and MDHHS, the healthcare system said. Michigan Medicine said it expects to receive 1,950 doses Monday and should continue to get more vaccines on a weekly basis. Michigan Medicine has about 28,000 employees, so this first shipment is a limited supply, she said. Michigan Medicine has identified about 200 team members who all fall into the recommended first phase who are volunteering to participate this week in a “test run,” the health care system said.mlive.com
CDC panel recommends Pfizer Covid vaccine for people 16 years and older, clearing pivotal hurdle
Vail Health Hospital employee health nurse Diane Schmidt, left, gives a mock Covid-19 vaccine to Caitlyn Ngam, right, an infection preventionist at the hospital on December 8, 2020 in Vail, Colorado. A key U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel voted unanimously to recommend Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine for people 16 years and older on Saturday, clearing another pivotal hurdle for the drug before vaccinations begin in the coming days. "This Covid-19 vaccine offers us hope," said Veronica McNally, an ACIP member and assistant dean for experiential education at Michigan State University College of Law. Mbaeyi told the panel, however, that a diagnostic or antibody test isn't recommended to decide whether someone should get the vaccine. However, if a pregnant woman is part of a group prioritized for the vaccine, Mbaeyi said they could choose to be vaccinated following an informed decision with a health-care provider.cnbc.com
COVID-19 vaccines may not work on nursing home patients. Is it worth the risk to try anyway?
This week, however, they were singled out for high-priority access to a most precious resource: some of the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine available in the United States. It’s a profile starkly different than that of patients who live in long-term care facilities. If vaccines for diseases like the flu are any guide, the new COVID-19 shots may not be particularly effective in nursing home residents. AdvertisementIn Tuesday’s 13-1 ACIP vote, Talbot was the only one who objected to prioritizing long-term care residents. “Long-term care facilities are powerless to fully prevent [the coronavirus] from entering due to its asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic spread,” Parkinson said.latimes.com
1st COVID-19 vaccines will go to health care workers, nursing homes, CDC panel says
Panel members are waiting to hear FDA’s evaluation and to see more safety and efficacy data before endorsing any particular product. But committee members were unanimous in voicing support for vaccinating health care workers — about 21 million people, according to CDC officials. It also includes home health care workers and paramedics. The government estimates people working in health care account for 12% of U.S. COVID-19 cases but only about 0.5% of deaths. Still, governors and local officials may have to decide which health care workers or which regions get shots first, Schwartz said.mlive.com
Two vaccines might get emergency approval this month. Here’s what you need to know
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are both RNA-based vaccines and require two doses. The Pfizer vaccine doses need to be administered three weeks apart; the Moderna doses, four weeks apart. The Moderna vaccine, if authorized, would be ready for distribution a week later. The committee, however, will meet again to discuss and vote on specific vaccines once those vaccines have received FDA authorization. The nature of the Pfizer vaccine requires it to be kept at about minus 70 degrees Celsius.latimes.com
CDC panel says health workers, nursing homes will get Covid vaccine first
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel voted 13-1 on Tuesday to give health-care workers and long-term care facility residents the first coronavirus vaccine doses once it's cleared for public use. Since the pandemic began, scientists and infectious disease experts have debated who will get immunized first and how the limited first vaccine doses will be distributed across the United States. Read More: Trump Covid vaccine czar says side effects ‘significantly noticeable’ in 10% to 15% of recipientsMedical experts have previously advocated for health-care workers to get the vaccine first, followed by vulnerable Americans, including the elderly, people with preexisting conditions and essential workers. The committee defined health-care workers as paid and unpaid people serving in health-care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials. About 75% of health-care workers are women, according to a presentation during the meeting, and 330,000 of them are pregnant.cnbc.com
Watch live: CDC panel votes today on who gets the Covid vaccine first
Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] Scientists and infectious disease experts have debated who will get the first shots and how to distribute the vaccine. Medical experts have said health-care workers should get it first, followed by vulnerable Americans, including the elderly, people with preexisting conditions and essential workers. Some federal agencies have already started sending vaccination plans around to staff. Read CNBC's live updates to see the latest news on the Covid -19 outbreak.cnbc.com
US panel: 1st vaccines to health care workers, nursing homes
Panel members are waiting to hear FDA's evaluation and to see more safety and efficacy data before endorsing any particular product. It also includes home health care workers and paramedics. The government estimates people working in health care account for 12% of U.S. COVID-19 cases but only about 0.5% of deaths. Experts say it’s imperative to keep health care workers on their feet so they can administer the shots and tend to the booming number of infected Americans. Still, governors and local officials may have to decide which health care workers or regions get shots first, Schwartz said.
Trump Covid vaccine czar says side effects 'significantly noticeable' in 10% to 15% of recipients
Dr. Moncef Slaoui, vaccine expert, delivers an update on "Operation Warp Speed" in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on November 13, 2020. Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump's coronavirus vaccine czar said Tuesday that Pfizer's and Moderna's Covid-19 vaccines are safe, with only 10% to 15% of volunteers reporting side effects that were "significantly noticeable." The side effects, which come from the vaccine shots, can last up to a day and a half, said Dr. Moncef Slaoui, who is leading the Trump administration's Covid-19 vaccine program Operation Warp Speed. Slaoui's comments come as states prepare to distribute a Covid-19 vaccine in as little as two weeks. Moderna and Pfizer have acknowledged that their vaccines could induce side effects that are similar to symptoms associated with mild Covid-19, such as muscle pain, chills and headache.cnbc.com
CDC panel is set to vote Tuesday on who gets coronavirus vaccine first
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel is set to vote Tuesday on who will be first in line to get the coronavirus vaccine. The deal also gave the U.S. the first 100 million doses of Moderna's vaccine — enough for 50 million people — with an option to buy 400 million additional doses. The committee said the allocation of Covid-19 vaccines "should maximize the benefits of vaccination to both individual recipients and the population overall." The Federal Aviation Administration said it supported the "first mass air shipment" of Covid-19 vaccines on Friday, as pharmaceutical companies and airlines prepare networks for broad distribution. United Airlines carried Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine from Brussels to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, people familiar with the matter told CNBC.cnbc.com
Fauci: US may see 'surge upon surge' of virus in weeks ahead
The announcement came just 11 days after the Democratic mayor said schools would shut down because of rising COVID-19 cases. And perhaps even two or three weeks down the line ... we may see a surge upon a surge,” he said. Other experts agreed that the coming weeks would be difficult, especially since so many traveled over the holiday and held in-person dinners indoors. Elementary school students attending in person will be required to undergo frequent testing for the virus. More than 9,300 residents have tested positive for the virus over the past seven days.
CDC panel meets Tuesday to vote on COVID-19 vaccine priority
ATLANTA – A panel of U.S. advisers will meet Tuesday to vote on how scarce, initial supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine will be given out once one has been approved. Experts have proposed giving the vaccine to health workers first. High priority also may be given to workers in essential industries, people with certain medical conditions and people age 65 and older. The agenda for next week's emergency meeting was posted Friday. Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech have asked the Food and Drug Administration to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate.
Doctors say CDC should warn people the side effects from Covid vaccine shots won't be 'a walk in the park'
But they've got to come back for that second dose." Participants in Moderna and Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine trials told CNBC in September that they were experiencing high fever, body aches, bad headaches, daylong exhaustion and other symptoms after receiving the shots. The committee meeting comes three days after Pfizer and its partner BioNTech applied for an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for their coronavirus vaccine. The FDA process is expected to take a few weeks, and an advisory committee meeting to review the vaccine has been scheduled for early December. Five agencies have started telling employees they could receive Pfizer's or Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine in as little as eight weeks, a person with firsthand knowledge of those plans told CNBC on Friday.cnbc.com
CDC panel votes to expand HPV vaccine recommendations
The CDC's recommendation that children start receiving two doses of the HPV vaccine around 11 or 12 years old has not changed. The committee holds three meetings every year to review the most recent scientific data and vote on making possible updates to vaccine recommendations. In some cases, HPV infection can lead to six types of cancer: cervical, anal, penile, vaginal, vulvar and oropharyngeal (mouth and throat). The vaccine can protect against cancers since it works by preventing HPV infection -- and while most people think of HPV's relation to cervical cancer, "parents often don't know that HPV oropharyngeal cancers will outnumber cervical cancer" in around five years, she said. About 10% of men and 3.6% of women have oral HPV, according to the CDC, and HPV is thought to cause 70% of oropharyngeal cancers in the United States.