Healthcare - Moderna seeks green light for children's Omicron recall

Healthcare – Moderna seeks green light for children’s Omicron recall

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Today in health, Moderna has asked the FDA to clear its specific omicron booster shot for children as young as 6 years old. The injection is currently authorized only for adults.

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Moderna asks FDA to clear recall for ages 6 and older

Moderna announced on Friday that it has applied to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clear its COVID-19 bivalent booster for adolescents and children as young as 6 years old.

  • The announcement was made on Twitter, without further details.
  • The app for children aged 6 months to under 6 years old is expected to be finalized later this year, the company said.

Moderna’s booster is currently licensed for adults, while Pfizer/BioNTech’s bivalent booster is licensed for adolescents as young as 12 years old. They have not yet asked the FDA to authorize the vaccine for young children.

In a document released earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it was planning a recommendation for bivalent COVID-19 boosters for young children in early to mid-October, pending the FDA clearance.

The CDC said it expects that if bivalent boosters are allowed for people ages 5 and older as a booster, the original COVID-19 mRNA vaccines may no longer be allowed as booster doses. , only as an initial series of vaccines.

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Biden unveils $1.5 billion to fight opioid overdoses

President Biden announced Friday that his administration would distribute $1.5 billion to states and territories, including tribal lands, to fund opioid overdose responses and support recovery.

  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will release the funding through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response and Tribal Opioid Response grant programs as part of Recovery Month. national.
  • The grants will include more than $104 million allocated to rural areas to expand treatment and prevention, $20.5 million to increase access to recovery supports nationwide, and $12 million to strengthen enforcement. of the law in High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA).

“Our country faces 108,000 overdose deaths in just 12 months. That’s one life lost every five minutes 24 hours a day,” Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Rahul Gupta said during a White House overdose briefing on Thursday.

The $20.5 million in recovery support will connect people in the drug court system with community resources to improve their behavioral health and the $12 million in law enforcement funding will foster partnerships public safety and the prevention of crimes committed with firearms related to drug trafficking.

“Tackling the drug abuse and overdose crisis in the country indeed depends on collaboration between federal entities, states, local and tribal communities,” said the assistant secretary of health and human services for the mental health and addictions, Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, during Thursday’s briefing.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) on Friday extended proxy voting in the House until Nov. 10, allowing members to vote remotely until after the midterm elections as part of a change initiated by the pandemic.

The announcement was notable this time, as it came days after President Biden said in an interview that “the pandemic is over.”

Republicans and Democrats have used proxy voting to vote from home, but that hasn’t stopped several Republicans from criticizing the expansion of the process given Biden’s comments.

Proxy voting – which first went into effect in March 2020 – was due to end on September 26, but Pelosi has now postponed that date to November because “the public health emergency due to the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV -2 remains in effect”.

She informed lawmakers of the decision in a letter to her dear colleague.

Republicans largely jumped on Biden’s remarks, which the White House has since backed off to some extent, to argue that if the pandemic is over, there should be no reason to continue funding efforts to stop it.

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The United States and Pfizer will reduce their number of global vaccine donations in response to “reduced demand”, although the company says it is still committed to providing the approximately 1 billion doses that the United States has committed to providing.

According to a statement from Pfizer, more than 400 million doses have been donated to 79 countries to date.

“And by the end of 2022, we expect to deliver 600 million doses of vaccine for this program,” the company said.

  • “While we have sufficient supply to meet the one billion dose commitment in this program, we are seeing a decline in demand in some low- and lower-middle-income countries due to administration barriers. and vaccine hesitancy,” Pfizer said.
  • “As a result, Pfizer and the U.S. government have agreed to revise the terms of this contract to allow more time to overcome vaccine hurdles.”

Last year, the Biden administration pledged to donate at least 1.1 billion doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine to low- and middle-income countries.

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DOJ Emphasizes Federal Law in VA Abortion Guidance

A Department of Justice statement released Wednesday confirmed that states cannot penalize Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees for facilitating abortions authorized by federal law.

The Justice Department statement backed a rule released by the VA last week that would allow its employees access to abortion in cases of rape, incest or danger to the life of the pregnant parent.

“The rule issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs on Reproductive Health Services is a lawful exercise of VA authority,” the Justice Department wrote.

“States may not impose criminal or civil liability on VA employees, including physicians, nurses, and administrative personnel, who provide or facilitate abortions or related services in a manner authorized by federal law, including understood the VA rule.”

Legal hierarchy: The Justice Department cited the US Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, which gives federal laws precedence over state laws, to bolster its assertion that states are not permitted to penalize “federal functions” of the GO.

The VA allowed its first abortion procedure after the new rule to be performed this week, according to NBC News.

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  • Inflation caused another sharp drop in net drug prices, analysis finds (Stat)
  • What to know about the BA.4.6, BF.7, and BA.2.75 variants currently rolling out nationwide (CBS News)


  • Epic Massachusetts crime lab scandal may involve even broader wrongdoing, judge says (NBC News)
  • After a series of teen overdoses, schools in Los Angeles will be given the OD reversal drug naloxone (Los Angeles Times)
  • NYS: At least 4 deaths linked to disease outbreak at Manhattan nursing home (WNBC)


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