FDA panel recommends Pfizer’s Covid booster doses for people 65 and older after rejecting third shots for general population

An influential Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Friday rejected a proposal to distribute booster shots of Pfizer’s and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine to the general public, paring back those plans to unanimously recommend the third shots to people age 65 and older and other vulnerable Americans. “It’s likely beneficial, in my opinion, for the … Read more

5 things to know before the stock market opens Friday

Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Dow futures drop as history signals a rough rest of September The Wall St. sign is seen near the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, May 4, 2021. Brendan McDermid | Reuters U.S. stock … Read more

FDA staff declines to take stance on Pfizer’s Covid booster shots, citing lack of verified data

A person receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a mobile inoculation site in the Bronx, New York, August 18, 2021. David ‘Dee’ Delgado | Reuters The staff of the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday declined to take a stance on whether to back booster shots of Pfizer‘s … Read more

U.S. decision on Pfizer Covid shot for kids age 5 to 11 could come in October, sources say

A child watches as a nurse administers a shot of COVID-19 vaccine during a pop-up vaccination event at Lynn Family Stadium on April 26, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. Jon Cherry | Getty Images Top U.S. health officials believe that Pfizer‘s Covid-19 vaccine could be authorized for children aged 5-11 years old by the end of … Read more

Biden’s employer vaccine mandates ‘essential to creating a safe work environment,’ says Dr. Ashish Jha

Dr. Ashish Jha, the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, applauded President Joe Biden‘s push to increase vaccine mandates covering millions of U.S. workers.  “People don’t want to change jobs, people don’t want to be inconvenienced,” said Jha on CNBC’s “The News with Shepard Smith.”  “I do think a vast majority of people … Read more

Pfizer Covid booster shots will likely be ready Sept. 20, but Moderna may be delayed, Fauci says

Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci responds to accusations by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) as he testifies before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Capitol hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 20, 2021. J. Scott Applewhite | Reuters The U.S. will likely start to widely distribute Pfizer Covid-19 booster shots during … Read more

Israel doubles down on booster shots as daily Covid cases set new record

An Israeli man receives a third shot of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as country launches booster shots for over 30-year-olds, in Rishon Lezion, Israel August 24, 2021. Nir Elias | Reuters Israeli lawmakers are keen to avoid another lockdown after overseeing one of the world’s fastest vaccination drives. New daily coronavirus infections, however, have just … Read more

Restaurants grapple with vaccine mandate policies in historically tight labor market

To mandate, or not to mandate? That’s the question facing down restaurant owners and operators during one of the most challenging hiring environments in decades. The Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, opening the door for workplaces to opt to require workers to have the shot. But between enhanced … Read more

Kamala Harris kicks off Vietnam visit by calling out China’s ‘bullying’ tactics

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam on August 24, 2021. Harris is on an official trip to Southeast Asia to rally regional allies as the U.S. global leadership status takes a hit over a fallout in Afghanistan. Evelyn Hockstein | AFP | Getty Images The strategic competition between the U.S. and China … Read more

CDC study shows unvaccinated people are 29 times more likely to be hospitalized with Covid

Medics transfer a patient on a stretcher from an ambulance outside of Emergency at Coral Gables Hospital where Coronavirus patients are treated in Coral Gables near Miami, on August 16, 2021. Chandan Khanna | AFP | Getty Images Unvaccinated people are about 29 times more likely to be hospitalized with Covid-19 when compared to those … Read more