Vaccine panel recommends J&J boosters after data says vaccine’s effectiveness has ‘headroom to improve’: Live COVID-19 updates

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Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine should be considered a two-dose vaccine A federal panel decided on Friday that instead of another done-shot that received preliminary authorization.

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The committee felt that all 15 million Americans who received one dose of the “one and done” J&J vaccine would be much better protected with another.

The unanimous decision of the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee comes after real-world data showed that the one-shot vaccine from J&K is not as effective as the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna in real-world studies.

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Penny Heaton, head of vaccines global therapeutics at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, said, “Since the magnitude is less than I think would be desired – the estimates seen with mRNA vaccines – there is headroom for improving efficacy.” , a Johnson & Johnson company that developed the vaccine.

Heaton told the committee Friday that adding a second dose 2 to 6 months after the initial J&J shot has the same effect as mRNA vaccines.

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The committee did not vote on mixing and matching booster doses of the vaccine. Instead, the committee decided that more data was needed from ongoing studies on the subject before it could make any suggestions about whether to allow people to receive a booster shot separately from their original vaccine. .

same panel Voted Thursday to support booster shots of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine For people 65 years of age and older, as well as young adults with certain medical conditions or jobs that put them at increased risk of infection.

The decisions of the committee on complementary shots of both Moderna and J&K still need to be verified by a separate advisory panel as well as by top federal officials. The CDC advisory panel is expected to meet on October 20 and 21 to discuss additional doses for Moderna and J&K recipients.

– Elizabeth Weiss and Karen Weintraubi

Also in the news:

The US will allow immunizations to foreign nationals To enter the country from 8 November under a new international travel system. Foreign national air travelers traveling to the US will be required to provide proof of vaccination and vaccinations and must show a pre-departure negative test within three days of travel prior to boarding.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Friday that she took her fight with the head of the city’s police officers union to court, arguing that she was ignoring an order by officers to report their COVID-19 vaccination status. His call was illegal.

A federal appeals court has denied an emergency request in Maine to stop a COVID-19 vaccine mandate from taking effect.

Pennsylvania on Friday became the seventh state to report 1.5 million coronavirus cases. The states with the most cases include California, where about 4.8 million; Texas with about 4.2 million; and Florida, with more than 3.6 million.

British health officials said on Friday an estimated 43,000 people in England would have received False-negative COVID-19 test results Because of the problem in a private laboratory.

Strict vaccine requirements for all workers in Italy went into effect on Friday. As per the rules, all workers will have to show a health pass to come to their place of employment. Police were in force because protests against the rule were expected and could turn violent.

More than 100 workers at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the nuclear laboratory where the atomic bomb was made, are suing over a vaccine mandate that gets them vaccinated or fired by Friday.

Anyone 12 years of age and older must either provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have recently tested negative to participate in large events in Washington state beginning November 15.

Today’s issue: The US has recorded more than 44.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 722,800 deaths Johns Hopkins University data. Global totals: Over 239.9 million cases and 4.8 million deaths. More than 188.6 million Americans – 56.8% of the population – have been fully vaccinated, according to CDC.

What we are studying: The Great Resignation in August led to the resignation of 4.3 million Americans. This trend is here to stay.

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Minnesota calls on the National Guard to help hospitals

Governor Tim Walz said Friday he would use the Minnesota National Guard to help ease staffing shortages at hospitals and care facilities, which are struggling to cope with a surge in COVID-19 cases among uninsured Minnesotans. are.

The governor announced the plan at North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale to address barriers caused by overworked staff that prevent hospitals from moving recovering patients to transitional and long-term care facilities.

More than 400 Minnesota hospital patients are currently waiting for beds in other care centers to open and take necessary space for visiting patients, he said.

Walz said the number of National Guard soldiers who will be deployed to assist and their exact roles have yet to be determined.

– The Associated Press

COVID-19 vaccine lottery didn’t work, says new study

According to a study published Friday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the announcement of a big cash lottery for people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine did not accelerate vaccination.

To promote the vaccine, 19 states have announced big cash lotteries by July 1, according to economist authors from several US universities. The authors found “no statistically significant association” between announcements and the number of vaccinations before or after the date of announcement.

“Lottery-style drawings can certainly be less effective than pay-in incentives,” the authors wrote. “Another possibility is that the pictures were not an informative vaccine promotion strategy and that a more complete message on vaccination would have been far more effective.”

a study in july Came to a similar conclusion. That report by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine found that Ohio’s lotteries did not increase vaccination rates compared to other states without a lottery-based incentive system. However, multiple independent analyzes It was later found that Ohio’s Wax-a-Million giveaway contributed to getting more people vaccinated in the state.

— Grace Hockey

CDC Data Shows How Well Vaccines Are Performing

recently released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data shows that vaccinating people of all age groups with all three vaccine brands used in the United States fared better with COVID-19 infections and deaths than the uninfected.

In August, unvaccinated people were 11.3 times more likely to die from COVID-19 and 6.1 times more likely to test positive, real-world data shows.

For example, in the worst-reported week of deaths, around August 8, uninsured people died at a rate of 13.23 per 100,000 on Johnson & Johnson recipients 3.14, Pfizer 1.43 and Moderna 0.73.

Vaccines also dramatically change COVID-19 outcomes for the elderly compared to unvaccinated. Fully vaccinated people in their 80s or older were somewhat less likely to die from the disease than unvaccinated people in their 50s or early 60s. Vaccinated people of each age group were much less likely to test positive than non-vaccinated people of any age group.

The CDC says the data comes from 16 governments that represent about 30 percent of the population, from Florida to Wisconsin to Utah, as well as New York City.

– mike staka

FDA to convene independent panel on Merck’s COVID pill

The Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it would convene a panel of outside experts next month to review safety and efficacy data. Merck pill to treat COVID-19. While those panels have been the standard for reviewing vaccine data, the FDA has yet to set up a similar panel for COVID-19 treatments.

“We believe that, in this instance, a public discussion of these data with the agency’s advisory committee will help ensure a clear understanding of the scientific data and information being evaluated by the FDA,” said Dr. . Patrizia Cavazzoni said.

The groups will meet on November 30, which means Merck’s pill won’t receive authorization until December at the earliest.

Earlier this month, Merck said its trial data showed the experimental drug prevented half of the serious coronavirus infections that would otherwise send people to the hospital.

Florida governor vows to challenge Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate

Florida will challenge Biden administration’s vaccine mandate In federal court, Governor Ron DeSantis said Thursday that the pending requirement on businesses and hospitals “will be reduced.”

President Joe Biden’s mandate has yet to be issued, but is expected to happen this month. This would apply to hospitals that treat Medicare and Medicaid patients and employers with 100 or more employees.

Some Florida hospitals already have COVID-19 vaccine requirements in anticipation of an impending federal rule.

“We’re going to fight it right away,” DeSantis said Thursday at an office in the Florida Department of Health, where he’s linking his promotion of monoclonal antibody treatments to recent COVID hospitalizations across the state. Were.” “And I think the mandate is going to be lost in court. I also think we have a responsibility at the state level to do whatever we need to do to protect the Floridians from the mandate, which will result in them losing their lives.” You may have to lose your job.”

DeSantis, who has been steadfast in his opposition to the vaccine requirements, also cited unverified data from monoclonal treatment centers to say that a large percentage of people seeking those treatments have already been vaccinated. Granthshala Network – Florida filed a public records request seeking those figures more than a week ago. Department of Florida…

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