Moderna announced Thursday that it has applied for “emergency use authorization” from the Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 17.
The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine has already obtained FDA clearance for children as young as 12 years old. Access to vaccines for children is a crucial part of the effort to standardize classroom learning for the 2020-21 school year, just over two months away. in some school districts.
Moderna, who has previously applied for adolescent clearance with Health Canada and the European Medicines Agency, said she plans to file a similar application with agencies around the world.
“We remain committed to helping end the COVID-19 pandemic,” Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said in a statement.
Also in the news:
►Two passengers aboard MSC Cruises’ ship MSC Seaside have tested positive for COVID-19, disembarking Tuesday during a scheduled stopover in Sicily, Italy. MSC Cruises has been sailing in Europe on and off since August.
► Ohio has two other Vax-a-Million winners: Mark Cline of Richwood in Union County won $ 1 million and Sara Afaneh of Sheffield Lake in Lorain County won a four-year college scholarship, the Ohio Lottery Commission announced Wednesday night.
►Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine triggers several types of immune responses, according to a new study, allowing it to be extremely protective in the United States as well as in South Africa and Brazil, where a handful of viral variants different circulate.
► Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, will emerge from its fourth pandemic lockdown on Friday. State officials say the lockdown is over after two weeks of detecting a single new case of the coronavirus in the last 24-hour period.
►Philadelphia will end its indoor mask tenure and the 11:00 p.m. last call for restaurants on Friday.
►California to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines on masks for those vaccinated when it lifts its order of masks on June 15, state health officials say said Wednesday.
►Iowa will no longer allow its residents to view their or their children’s vaccination history on the state’s website, saying it wants to prevent employers from checking the vaccination status of their workers without permission.
The numbers of the day: The United States has more than 33.6 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus and at least 598,700 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: Over 174.3 million cases and over 3.75 million deaths. Nearly 140.8 million Americans have been fully immunized, or 42.5% of the population, according to the CDC.
What we read: As Americans get vaccinated against the coronavirus, a report released Wednesday found that teens and adults may have missed millions of routine vaccinations recommended by the CDC in 2020.
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Holding the fireworks: Biden’s July 4 vaccination target could be out of reach
President Joe Biden’s vaccine target for America – 70% of adults receiving at least one COVID-19 vaccine by July 4 – is starts to look like a long shot. If the jabs continue at their current rate, Biden will fall short of that benchmark. Over the past week, an average of about 365,000 adults received their first vaccine each day. To meet Biden’s target, that number will need to increase to about 630,000 newly vaccinated adults every day. The rate of vaccine administration slackened significantly from its peak in early April, when more than 2 million adults were newly immunized each day.
– Janie Haseman
Pfizer and BioNTech to donate 500 million doses of vaccine
Pfizer and BioNTech on Thursday announced plans to donate 500 million doses to the US government for distribution to 92 low-income countries and the African Union. The news confirms Wednesday’s report of President Joe Biden’s upcoming announcement at the G-7 summit. Vaccine inequality has become an increasingly pressing concern, and the World Health Organization has warned of a “two-way pandemic” as rich countries inoculate large parts of their populations and developing countries are exposed to the ravages of the coronavirus.
In a June 3 report, Oxfam International said of the 1.77 billion doses administered worldwide at that time, 28% went to people in G-7 countries and only 0.3% to low-income countries. Such a disparity could prolong the pandemic and allow dangerous variants to emerge as the virus continues to spread.
Add DC Hospitals to the Growing Number Requiring Employee Vaccinations
Most hospitals in Washington, DC, demanding that employees receive the COVID-19 vaccination, joining a growing number of health systems and other businesses nationwide in opting for the controversial tenure. Hospitals will each set their own deadline, the District of Columbia Hospital Association said in a statement on Tuesday. The reluctance to immunize has slowed progress to sting the nation, and some health systems and other companies are trying to reignite the immunization momentum.
Jacqueline Bowens, President and CEO of the District of Columbia Hospital Association, said “Consensus is a reiteration of our hospitals’ commitment to safety by protecting our staff, patients and visitors from COVID-19” .
Hundreds of thousands of Johnson & Johnson vaccines could be wasted
Slowing demand and lingering effects of an 11-day break on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine means states have hundreds of thousands of doses that may expire before consenting weapons can be found. That changed last month. As of Wednesday, Arkansas alone had 3,271 doses of unadministered J&J vaccine. Of those, 42,971 expire on June 23 and another 10,042 expire on July 4, the Arkansas Department of Health said. In Ohio, the governor has warned that 200,000 doses of J&J will have to be thrown away on June 24 if they don’t get takeaway.
“When we had more demand than supply could meet, expiration dates were not an issue. The vaccine was used up as quickly as it arrived,” said Dr Kelly Moore, deputy director of the Immunization Action Coalition.
– Elisabeth Weise
California regulators remove controversial work mask rules
California workplace regulators reversed for the second time in a week. They withdrew controversial regulations on pending masks on Wednesday evening. This will give them time to consider a rule that aligns more closely with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s promise that the state will fully reopen the pandemic on Tuesday.
The revised California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board rule would only have allowed workers to forgo masks if every employee in a room was fully immunized against the coronavirus. This contrasts with the state’s broader plan to remove virtually all masking requirements for those vaccinated, in concert with the latest CDC recommendations.
The goal, said board chairman David Thomas, is to change workplace regulations “to match the CDC and the California Department of Public Health, so we’re all on the line. same wavelength. That’s what it is, so we’re not out of step with everyone. “
Two cities on the west coast are in a neck-and-neck race for the country’s highest vaccination status, and each can claim to hold the lead. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said on Wednesday that hers was the first major city in the United States with 70% of its residents aged 12 and over having completed their COVID-19 vaccinations, edging San Francisco by one point. percentage.
“Now that we have achieved community protection, we can lead the nation to reopen and safely recover,” Durkan said in a statement.
However, San Francisco is slightly ahead with the country’s best rate of residents aged 12 and older who have received at least one vaccine, 79-78%, and could advance in the race for herd immunity.
“I think we are on our way to being the first city to achieve collective immunity,” said Dr Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert at the University of California at San Francisco. Chronicle of San Francisco.
“Our high levels of immunity mean that we are not susceptible to new infections, even while traveling here,” she said.
Contribution: The Associated Press