Pfizer, Moderna Apply for EUA for COVID Shots for Infants, FDA to Decide Quickly

Pfizer, Moderna Apply for EUA for COVID Shots for Infants, FDA to Decide Quickly

On June 1, 2022, Pfizer and BioNTech submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to distribute their messenger RNA (mRNA) BNT162b2 (also known as “Comirnaty”) COVID-19 biologic for children as young as six months to five years old. The application is for a three-dose regimen, […]

Chinese Officials Kill Pets of Coronavirus Patients, Seal Apartment Complexes

Chinese Officials Kill Pets of Coronavirus Patients, Seal Apartment Complexes

Officials in some cities in China have ordered all indoor pets belonging to SARS-CoV-2 patients to be killed due to fear that the animals could transmit the virus to other humans.1 Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which reportedly originated in a wet food market or biohazard lab in Wuhan, China in late 2019, […]

U.S. Hospitals May ‘Recalculate’ How They Report COVID Cases

U.S. Hospitals May ‘Recalculate’ How They Report COVID Cases

Perhaps influenced by the lifting of COVID-19-related restrictions by several European countries—starting with Denmark—during the past two weeks, the United States seems to be on the verge of following Europe’s lead in declaring the pandemic over. In a recent interview with the Financial Times, White House chief medical advisor and director of the  National Institute […]

Poll: Half of Correctional Officers Do Not Want COVID-19 Vaccine

Poll: Half of Correctional Officers Do Not Want COVID-19 Vaccine

When a correctional officer took a poll of his co-workers on a private Facebook group asking whether they would get the COVID-19 vaccine, only 40 of 475 (8.4 percent) said yes and more than half replied, “Hell no”.1 This informal poll appears to represent the sentiment of Department of Corrections employees across the country. Despite […]

Polls Find Many Americans Do Not Want COVID-19 Vaccine as Soon as It’s Licensed

Polls Find Many Americans Do Not Want COVID-19 Vaccine as Soon as It’s Licensed

Story Highlights More adults in the U.S. are expressing doubts about the safety of a newly licensed COVID-19 vaccine that might become available this year. The number of poll respondents planning on getting a new coronavirus vaccine as soon as it is FDA approved has fallen from a reported high of 50 to 60 percent […]

Poll Finds Only Half of Americans Plan to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Poll Finds Only Half of Americans Plan to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

A recent poll conducted by the Associated Press’s NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 20 percent of Americans anticipate that a COVID-19 vaccine will be available to the public before the end of 2020, while 61 percent expect it during 2021. Only 17 percent believe it will take longer than that to develop.1 […]

What’s So Effective About a Flu Vaccine That’s Less Than 10 Percent “Effective”?

What’s So Effective About a Flu Vaccine That’s Less Than 10 Percent “Effective”?

Sometimes topics for opinion pieces just fall out of the sky. Last week, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the new estimate for the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine during the second half of the 2018-2019 “flu season” was only nine percent. That’s pretty bad even by influenza vaccine […]