FDA Panel Uncertain About Vaccine Mixing and Matching – .

FDA Panel Uncertain About Vaccine Mixing and Matching – .

NEW YORK (WABC) – A CDC panel will meet this week on recommendations for Moderna and Johnson and Johnson boosters, and if allowed, snaps could be available this weekend.
There is still uncertainty about the mixing and pairing of vaccines.

At its Friday meeting, the FDA advisory group did not vote on the issue, citing a lack of data.

A recent study indicates that there may be additional benefits of Pfizer or Moderna boosters for Johnson and Johnson beneficiaries.

Here are other COVID-19 headlines today:

Nearly two-thirds of New Yorkers fully vaccinated against COVID
Almost two-thirds of New York City residents are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the latest federal statistics. About 12.7 million of New York’s 20 million people are fully immunized, according to data released Saturday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is the seventh highest percentage of any state – below Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

CDC issues new guidelines ahead of holiday season

The CDC has issued several guidelines ahead of the holiday season. The agency’s main advice is that Americans get vaccinated before trips and gatherings. The CDC also stressed that people should always wear masks indoors, especially those who are not vaccinated. Hospitalizations have declined over the past month. However, some health experts warn there could be a spike in the coming months.FDA to meet next month on Merck’s COVID treatment pill
The FDA will bring together its external experts at the end of next month to discuss Merck’s investigational antiviral pill designed to treat COVID. This is the first time the panel will meet on a treatment, rather than a vaccine, during this pandemic. The FDA says it believes public debate will help ensure a better understanding of the data. The November 30 meeting means U.S. regulators almost certainly won’t make a decision on the drug until December.

CDC Updates Holiday Guidelines, Urges Vaccines, Indoor Masking
The CDC updated its holiday guidelines on Friday, urging people to get vaccinated and wear masks indoors when in public. “We’re expecting families and friends to get together for the holidays this year and we’ve updated our tips on how best to stay safe while on vacation. The best way to minimize the risk of COVID and to ensure that people can gather together safely is to get vaccinated or get the booster if you are eligible, ”the CDC said in a statement.

FDA panel approves J&J COVID-19 vaccine booster
A panel of U.S. health advisers have approved booster doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-injection COVID-19 vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration panel said on Friday that the booster should be offered at least two months after vaccination, but did not suggest a firm deadline. The FDA is not bound by the vote, but its final decision could help expand the country’s recall campaign. Booster doses of Pfizer’s vaccine began last month for people at high risk for COVID-19, and the FDA advisory group has recommended the same approach for Moderna.

Walgreens mistakenly injects 2 children with COVID vaccine instead of flu vaccine, parents say
Joshua and Alexandra Price say they and their two children mistakenly received the COVID-19 vaccine instead of a flu shot a week ago at their local pharmacy – and they are now facing some unwanted symptoms. The Awards took their 4 and 5-year-old children to the Walgreens in Evansville, Indiana on Oct. 4 for their annual shots, CNN reported. About 90 minutes later, the pharmacist called saying he had made a mistake. The whole family had been injected with adult doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“When they called us and told us they made a mistake and gave us the wrong shot, I was just in shock,” said Alexandra Price. “All I could say to them was, ‘What does this mean for my children?’ “

White House says fully vaccinated foreign visitors can begin entering United States on November 8
Foreign visitors fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to travel to the United States from November 8, the White House announced on Friday.

“The new US travel policy that requires vaccination of foreign travelers to the United States will begin on November 8,” White House deputy press secretary Kevin Munoz said on Twitter. “This announcement and date apply to both international air travel and land travel. This policy is guided by public health, rigorous and coherent. “

Nets’ Kryie Irving does’ what’s best for me ‘with COVID vaccine refusal
Kyrie Irving said on Wednesday he didn’t want to lose his salary or a chance to compete for a championship with the Brooklyn Nets, but was doing ‘what’s best for me’ by refusing to get a COVID shot -19. The Nets ruled on Tuesday that Irving would not be with the team because he is not eligible to play in home games, where a New York tenure requires professional athletes from one of the city’s teams. be vaccinated for training or playing in public places. Speaking on Instagram Live, Irving said he loves basketball and is not going to retire.
“I’m doing what’s best for me. I know the consequences here and if that means I’m being judged and demonized for it, that’s exactly what it is, ”Irving said. “This is the role I play, but I never wanted to give up my passion, my love, my dream just during this tenure. “

Oregon Temporarily Drops University Degree Requirement For Supply Teachers Due To Shortage
Hoping to help curb what authorities are calling an “extraordinary shortage” of substitute teachers across the state, the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission announced a new rule temporarily removing the baccalaureate requirement to obtain a license in some cases. The temporary rule, which is due to expire on March 31, allows substitute teachers without a bachelor’s degree to be sponsored by a school district, which would also provide them with enhanced administrative support and supervision, according to a joint statement from Dr Anthony Rosilez. , executive director of the commission, and Erika Bare, president of the commission. The license would only allow individuals to work for the district that sponsored them and would only be valid for the remainder of the school year, or six months, whichever is later.

Experts explain why lawsuits against COVID-19 vaccine warrants fail
From teachers to airline workers, some employees who have been fired for failing to comply with their company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates have gone to court to challenge the rulings. Some of the plaintiffs, such as employees of the New York City Department of Education, a handful of Los Angeles County public employees and United Airlines employees, argued that the warrants should be removed, handing over questioning the constitutionality of the rules and some claiming that their religious rights were not observed. So far, these arguments have not swayed the judges, who have almost all ruled in favor of the employer, or have not issued lengthy injunctions while they hear the case. And legal experts told ABC News they didn’t expect different results in courtrooms anytime soon.

What to know about religious exemptions for COVID vaccines as vaccine mandates unfold
With the proliferation of COVID-19 vaccination mandates across the country in the public and private sectors as well as in some school districts, the decline in those unwilling or reluctant to get vaccinated is intensifying. The vaccination effort has raised new questions about exemptions as warrants for adults are generally scarce outside of facilities like healthcare facilities and the military, and vaccinations are relatively new.

While there is no aggregate data on exemptions for COVID-19 vaccines yet, a number of businesses and state governments have seen interest in religious exemptions – protection deriving from the law on civil rights of 1964. This leaves employers in a difficult and legally precarious situation. position to determine if the requests are valid. As such, some states have attempted to eliminate non-medical exemptions for their employees altogether.


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