A federal committee is expected to vote on Thursday to allow booster shots for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, for some populations after authorization of the Food and Drug Administration of both on Wednesday.
Boosters of the Pfizer-BioEntech vaccine were approved in September for people 65 and older and high-risk workers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Vaccine Practices meets to discuss whether to recommend a third shot after Moderna’s two-dose series and a second shot after “an overhauled” J&J vaccine Go. If it recommends them, CDC directors typically sign off within a day, potentially making them available as of Friday.
A big question is whether the committee will recommend that people be allowed to mix and match booster doses. The FDA also gave its approval for people to receive additional doses from other manufacturers in addition to their initial shots.
This is especially relevant for people who have received the J&J vaccine after a National Institutes of Health study found that one shot of Pfizer or Moderna Vaccine after J&J was less effective than two shots of J&J with COVID-19. Provides a high level of security. The FDA also recommended people who got the J&J shot to get another after two months.
— Elizabeth Weiss and Jeanine Santucci, USA Today
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America has donated 200 million vaccine doses to other countries
The US has donated 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines globally as of Thursday morning, the White House announced.
USAID Administrator Samantha Power said the United States Agency for International Development and COVAX, a global initiative to deliver vaccines globally, plan to deliver more than 1 billion US-made vaccine doses to low-income countries globally next year. has been
“Today, Americans have 200 million reasons to be proud,” Powers said in a White House statement. “USAID is honored to be at the forefront of this global vaccination effort unprecedented in scale, speed and complexity to combat the worst pandemic in modern history.”
– Jeanine Santucci, USA Today
Make or make a mask? Dating is difficult during the pandemic, but according to a new video from US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy and dating app Hinge, It’s possible to make connections and still survive COVID-19.
“Dating during the Covid-19 pandemic: It’s not easy, but it’s certainly possible,” Murthy says in a video released by Hinge on Tuesday. “Recognize that getting vaccinated is the most important thing we can do to reduce our risk,” he said.
Follow the risk assessment checklist to decide whether to go in for a kiss: consider whether they have been fully vaccinated, if they have interacted with someone who is not and If they take precautions like wearing a mask.
– Keira Winget, USA Today
American and Southwest Airlines pilots are being warned to keep vaccine mandate issues out of the cockpit because of potential flight safety concerns.
The Allied Pilots Association, which represents America’s 14,000 pilots, sent a memo to members on Tuesday, citing increased distractions due to the increasing deadline for vaccination and increasingly divided views on the subject.
Subject Line: “Distraction cannot affect security.”
“We are seeing distractions in the flight deck that could create a dangerous situation,” the memorandum to the union’s safety committee said.
Union spokesman Dennis Tajer said talk of a self-reporting vaccine mandate in the number of pilots or the Federal Aviation Administration is worrying because there have been distractions on the job.
– Don Gilbertson, USA Today
NBA legend Charles Barkley voices Vaccine and Nets star Kyrie Irving
Charles Barkley has never had a problem speaking his mind.
The Hall of Famer and Sons legend reminded the nation again of Kyrie Irving’s condition and his personal feelings about the COVID-19 vaccine.
“First of all, you don’t get it for yourself, you get it for other people,” Barkley said during the TNT tip-off show Tuesday afternoon. “I got vaccinated. I can’t wait to get a booster. You don’t just get vaccinated for yourself. Like[NBA commissioner Adam Silver]said, you get your family vaccinated, first. You vaccinate your teammates. Get it installed. Second, things like this.”
Silver said at a news conference Monday as a guest on the show that “nearly 96%” of NBA players have been vaccinated.
-Duane Rankin, Republic of Arizona
Contribution: The Associated Press