Healthcare – Kids’ COVID Vaccines Take One Step Forward

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Today in healthcare, the wait is (almost) finally over for parents of children under five. The political struggle over vaccinating young children has raged in Florida.

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FDA Predicts COVID Vax for Children Under Five

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday gave the green light for COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 and under, an essential step toward making vaccines available to young children.

  • The agency has approved a vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech for children ages 6 months to 4 years old, as well as a vaccine from Moderna for children up to 5 years old.
  • It’s more than a year and a half since COVID-19 vaccines began appearing for adults, and children under the age of five are the last eligible group to be vaccinated. There are about 18 million of them eligible.

“Many parents, caregivers and clinicians have been waiting for a vaccine for younger children and this measure will help protect those under 6 months of age. As we have seen with older age groups, we expect vaccinations for younger children will provide protection against the most severe consequences of COVID-19, such as Hospitalization and death, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf said in a statement.

After permission is obtained, shipments of vaccines can begin to states and other jurisdictions that have previously requested the initial payment.

What’s Next: Actual first picks will likely come early next week after tomorrow’s CDC advisory committee meeting.

Read more here.

Claiborne hits out at DeSantis over child vaccine decision

home whip majority James Clipburn (DS.C) That Florida Gov. rune DeSantis (R) reversed or explained his decision after he refused to order COVID-19 vaccines for children under the age of five.

in I sent the message on FridayClyburn, chair of the House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, added that he was concerned about DeSantis General Comments He opposes devoting any government resources to vaccinating young children against COVID-19.

“As a result of your refusal to participate, parents in Florida who wish to vaccinate their children may have to wait longer, and their children may be left without the protection these vaccinations provide,” Claiborne wrote.

He stressed that every state except Florida has required the vaccines, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday gave the green light for COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 years and under.

“There won’t be any government programs that will attempt to get COVID vaccines for infants, young children, and newborns,” DeSantis said Thursday. “This is not something we think is appropriate, and this is not where we are going to use our resources.”

As the Associated Press observed in On Friday, individual health care providers in Florida can now order injections, but the state did not require them in advance.

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A new study showed that the possibility of symptoms of the emerging corona virus of the omicron type is much lower than the previous delta variant.

  • The study from UK researchers published in The Lancet found that 4.5% of omicron cases resulted in prolonged COVID, compared to 10.8% of delta cases.
  • While it’s good, on the one hand, that the currently circulating omicron variant is less likely to cause a prolonged COVID than the previous delta variant, the study also shows that there is still a significant chance of acquiring COVID for a prolonged period, even with omicron.

Claire Steves, lead author of the study and researcher at King’s College London, He said in a statement.

Additionally, because the omicron variant spreads more easily and infects more people, the total number of prolonged COVID cases was actually higher during the omicron period, the study found.

Read more here.

Iowa Supreme Court rules against abortion protections

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that abortion is not protected in the state constitution, overturning a ruling four years ago in which federal abortion rights appear to be severely threatened.

The ruling reverses a lower court step that has legally blocked a 24-hour waiting period before a person can have an abortion.

pivot time before the rule of Ro: The decision comes as the US Supreme Court appears to be preparing to overturn its ruling in Roe v. Wade, which established the right to abortion nationally, after a leaked draft opinion showed that a majority of justices favored reversing the landmark decision.

Iowa was previously one of several states whose Supreme Courts ruled that their constitutions protected abortion rights. The state’s highest courts have He issued such rulings Kansas in 2019, Montana in 1999, Alaska in 1997 and Florida in 1989.

If the Supreme Court overturns Roe’s case, 26 states would likely ban abortion, according to Guttmacher InstituteIt is an abortion rights advocacy group.

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More than 400,000 bottles of medicine have been recalled

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday that more than 400,000 bottles of over-the-counter drugs were recalled due to problems with child-resistant packaging, which does not meet the requirements of the Toxin Prevention Packaging Act.

What companies do you remember:

Consumers can Call Aurohealth For information on how to return the bottles of Walgreens branded medications to your nearest Walgreens store for a full refund. that they Can be contacted Kroger for information on how to get a full refund and properly dispose of your returned Kroger brand medicines.

“The product packaging is not child-resistant, which puts them at risk of poisoning if swallowed by young children,” each recall states.

Read more here.

what we read

  • US Covid test makers expect layoffs after government reallocates funds (stat)
  • A gull flaps its wings and a deadly virus explodes (New York times)
  • Covid cases kick off cycling, Tour de France begins in two weeks (NPR)

country by state

  • Two abortion clinics in Tennessee, awaiting Supreme Court ruling, grapple with uncertainty (Kaiser Health News)
  • Minnesota Republican threatens retaliation against the Medical CouncilNews agency)
  • Why some counties are still struggling to vaccinate residents against COVID-19 (News letters)

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