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FDA panel recommends Moderna booster shot EUA for certain people

FDA panel recommends Moderna booster shot EUA for certain people

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has unanimously recommended granting emergency use authorization for a third Moderna shot, though only some people would be eligible for the booster shot. The recommendation follows Moderna's second-quarter financial details shared in August, which included information on the COVID-19 vaccine's efficacy six months after the second dose, as well as the booster for its booster shots to help protect against SARS-CoV-2 variants.

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CDC says 1 in 500 US kids have lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19

CDC says 1 in 500 US kids have lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19

Though many reports related to the COVID-19 pandemic focus on the death toll, there is a wider impact on society that ranges from those left with long-term disabilities caused by the disease to those who have had their lives thrown into chaos as the result of a death. The CDC is emphasizing this in a new study that estimates how many kids in the US have been left orphaned as a result of the pandemic.

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Oral health may play a big role in COVID-19 infection and recovery

Oral health may play a big role in COVID-19 infection and recovery

A new study reveals that the state of one's oral health may play an important role in COVID-19 severity, particularly among patients who already have cardiovascular health problems. The findings were recently announced by the American College of Cardiology, which notes that oral health -- and lack thereof -- has already been linked to other health conditions.

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Pfizer asks FDA for COVID-19 vaccine expansion to 5-11 year old kids

Pfizer asks FDA for COVID-19 vaccine expansion to 5-11 year old kids

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine could soon be authorized for children aged 5-11, with the pharma company applying to the US FDA for an extension of its current permissions. The expansion, if approved by the Food and Drug Administration, would make Pfizer's drug - branded Comirnaty - the first vaccination option for children aged under 12 years.

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COVID-19 loss of taste and smell more likely to reverse in certain people

COVID-19 loss of taste and smell more likely to reverse in certain people

Most people who lose their sense of taste and/or smell as a result of COVID-19 will eventually regain both senses within the first few months of recovery. A new study analyzing survey data found that some people are more likely to regain these senses within that time period compared to others, however, and the major factor at play is age.

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Merck says its COVID-19 pill drastically reduced deaths during trial

Merck says its COVID-19 pill drastically reduced deaths during trial

Pharmaceutical company Merck has announced that its molnupiravir pill-based COVID-19 treatment "significantly" reduced the rates of hospitalization and death among patients during its Phase 3 MOVe-OUT trial. The benefits were observed among participants who had mild to moderate COVID-19, but who weren't hospitalized at the time they started taking the oral treatment.

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US COVID-19 deaths reach 700,000 amid spike in delta cases

US COVID-19 deaths reach 700,000 amid spike in delta cases

As of the latest figures on Friday, the United States has reached 700,000 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic, a grim milestone amid anti-vax sentiments and continued misinformation. The deaths are largely now driven by the delta variant, which is highly contagious and particularly dangerous for people who remain unvaccinated.

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Ohio children’s hospitals raise alarm over spike in kids with COVID-19

Ohio children’s hospitals raise alarm over spike in kids with COVID-19

Half a dozen children's hospitals in Ohio, including their CEOs and the Ohio Children's Hospitals Association, are raising the alarm over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in children, including some so severe that they require breathing assistance. Details about the issue were published in a recent letter signed by the children's hospitals' CEOs.

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CDC shows pregnancy raises COVID-19 risk of death by 70%

CDC shows pregnancy raises COVID-19 risk of death by 70%

The CDC has issued a health advisory regarding pregnant people and COVID-19 vaccinations. The new advisory "recommends urgent action" to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among not only those who are currently pregnant, but those who were recently pregnant, including those who are lactating, those who are trying to become pregnant, or those who could become pregnant in the near future. According to the CDC, vaccination among pregnant people is low.

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YouTube bans vaccine misinformation videos: COVID-19 rules expand

YouTube bans vaccine misinformation videos: COVID-19 rules expand

YouTube is cracking down on vaccine misinformation, with new guidelines that ban videos misleading on vaccination safety beyond just COVID-19. The changes build on YouTube's existing coronavirus misinformation policies, broadening it to any content which "falsely alleges that approved vaccines are dangerous and cause chronic health effects," among other issues.

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WHO recommends antibodies for two specific groups of COVID patients

WHO recommends antibodies for two specific groups of COVID patients

The World Health Organization recommends that antibodies be used with two specific groups of COVID-19 patients to help ensure they survive the disease. There are two recommendations in the latest update on the topic, both based on evidence and data from a number of trials -- some of which haven't yet been peer-reviewed.

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FDA authorizes COVID-19 booster shot, but only for some people

FDA authorizes COVID-19 booster shot, but only for some people

The US Food and Drug Administration has officially authorized the administration of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, but only for select people who are at a greater than typical risk of developing a severe infection. The authorization comes only days after the agency rejected plans to offer anyone who wanted one a booster shot.

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