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U.S. has enough COVID-19 vaccines for boosters, kids' shots

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With more than 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines available, U.S. health authorities said they're confident there will be enough for both qualified older Americans … more

Some Argentines turn to unusual pets for comfort in pandemic

Millions of people have found solace during the pandemic in cuddling a dog or cat. For a few, comfort comes in other forms - those of a horse or a pig, perhaps a possum-like sugar glider or even a tarantula. As the new coronavirus began to … more

Who's eligible for Pfizer booster shots in the US.?

Millions of Americans are now eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot to help increase their protection against the worst effects of the coronavirus. A look at the nuts and bolts of this new phase of the vaccination campaign: WHO SHOULD GET … more

CDC leader adds people with risky jobs to COVID booster list

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination drive … more

U.S. sets the stage for COVID-19 booster shots for millions

The U.S. vaccination drive against COVID-19 stood on the verge of a major new phase as government advisers Thursday recommended booster doses of Pfizer's vaccine for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans - despite doubts the extra … more

CDC panel tackles who needs booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine

An influential panel of advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention convened on Wednesday to debate which Americans should get COVID-19 booster shots and when - a question that has proved more contentious than the Biden administration … more

J&J: Booster dose of its COVID shot prompts strong response

LONDON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Tuesday that a booster of its one-shot coronavirus vaccine provides a stronger immune response months after people receive a first dose.J&J said in … more

Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon — a key step toward beginning vaccinations for … more

Study: Childhood obesity in U.S. accelerated during pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) - A new study ties the COVID-19 pandemic to an "alarming" increase in obesity in U.S. children and teenagers. Childhood obesity has been increasing for decades, but the new work suggests an acceleration last year - especially in … more

U.S. panel rejects COVID-19 boosters for most Americans, backs only for elderly, high-risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential federal advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots to most Americans, but it endorsed the extra shots for those … more

AP answers: Can kids be harmed wearing masks?

No, there is no scientific evidence showing masks cause harm to kids' health despite baseless claims suggesting otherwise. The claims are circulating on social media and elsewhere just as virus outbreaks are hitting many reopened U.S. schools - … more

S.C. reaches 50% vaccination rate as COVID-19 cases dip

COLUMBIA - Half of all South Carolinians eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are now fully inoculated, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced Thursday. The benchmark puts the state closer to a 70 to 80% vaccination goal, … more

South Carolina officials want out of mask mandate ban suit

South Carolina officials who have been sued over a law banning school districts from issuing face mask mandates say that they should be removed from pending litigation.That's the argument made in … more

FDA strikes neutral tone ahead of vaccine booster meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Influential government advisers will debate Friday if there's enough proof that a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective — the first step toward … more

COVID-19 cases climbing, wiping out progress

COVID-19 deaths and cases in the U.S. have climbed back to where they were over the winter, wiping out months of progress and potentially bolstering President Joe Biden's argument for his sweeping new vaccination requirements. The cases - driven … more

2nd largest S.C. school district to enforce mask requirement for its 48K students

COLUMBIA - South Carolina's second-largest school district plans to begin enforcing its requirement that everyone in the building wear masks. The Charleston County School Board voted Monday to use federal money to enforce its mask requirement for … more

Third shot: UK to offer COVID booster jabs to over 50s

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. announced Tuesday it will offer a third dose of coronavirus vaccine to everyone over 50 and other vulnerable people to help the country ride out the pandemic through the … more

FDA experts among group opposing U.S. booster shot plan

The average person doesn't need a COVID-19 booster yet, an international group of scientists - including two top U.S. regulators - wrote Monday in a scientific journal. The experts reviewed studies of the vaccines' performance and concluded the … more

S.C. Republicans vow vaccine order fight

COLUMBIA — Republicans in the South Carolina House plan to meet as soon as they can to figure out how to fight back against President Joe Biden's order that all larger businesses require their … more

FDA official hopeful younger children can get shots by end of year

The Food and Drug Administration's vaccine chief said Friday the agency will rapidly evaluate COVID-19 vaccinations for younger children as soon as it gets the needed data — and won't cut … more
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