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As Omicron surges, effort to vaccinate young children stalls

The national effort to vaccinate children against COVID-19 has stalled - two months after Pfizer’s vaccine was authorized for children ages 5 to 11 - even as the Omicron variant upends schooling for millions of children amid staffing shortages, shutdowns and heated partisan battles.... Read more»

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Most states wary of mandating COVID shots for kids

Though COVID-19 has claimed around 830,000 lives in the United States, only two states have added COVID-19 vaccines to the list of immunizations mandated for schoolchildren - the main reason, experts say, is they are wary of opening another front in the wars over mandates.... Read more»

Pima County faces 'stark upswing' in COVID cases as officials prep for Omicron variant

Pima County faces a "stark" rise in new COVID-19 cases, even as the more-infectious Omicron variant has not become the driver of most new cases. Across Arizona, unvaccinated people are 31 times more likely to die from the disease than those who've gotten their shots.... Read more»

With 14k new COVID cases, Arizona sees a repeat of 2021's winter surge

The number of daily reported COVID-19 cases soared to more than 14,000 Monday - amid the surge of the Omicron variant - the second-most since the pandemic began, surpassed only by the 17,000 reported exactly one year ago. ... Read more»

FDA greenlights Pfizer boosters for young teens

The Food and Drug Administration moved Monday to allow children as young as 12 to receive booster shots of Pfizer's vaccine against COVID-19 and the winter surge of the coronavirus Omicron variant. ... Read more»

CDC chief defends shortened isolation and quarantine guidelines amid Omicron surge

One day after the number of COVID-19 cases reached a pandemic high in the United States, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky defended this week's announcement of shortened isolation and quarantine stints for people who have tested positive for or been exposed to the virus. ... Read more»

CDC shortens COVID-19 isolation, quarantine periods

People exposed to COVID-19 who aren't vaccinated, and those who test positive but don't have symptoms should isolate and quarantine for five days, followed by five days of strict mask use, the CDC announced Monday.... Read more»

Analysis

During a COVID-19 surge, ‘crisis standards of care’ involve excruciating choices & impossible ethical decisions for hospital staff

When a crisis escalates to the point that we simply can’t provide necessary services to everyone who needs them, we are forced to perform crisis triage. At that point, the care provided to some patients is admittedly less than high quality – sometimes much less.... Read more»

Drug that treats COVID with nearly 90% efficacy gets FDA green light

The first pill to treat COVID-19 received approval from U.S. regulators on Wednesday, giving way to a new pandemic therapy in treating patients who are at high risk of being hospitalized or dying that can be deployed to adults and children ages 12 and older. ... Read more»

Biden will supply Americans with 500 million home tests to fight Omicron

President Biden will announce new actions to fight the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, measures that include dispatching 500 million at-home tests to Americans, creating new federal testing sites and deploying 1,000 service members to hospitals across the county. ... Read more»

Pfizer delays coronavirus vaccine data for young children to test 3rd dose

Studies of coronavirus vaccine efficacy on younger children hit a speed-bump Friday, as Pfizer and BioNTech announced they will alter their clinical trial to include a third shot for children aged 6 months to 5 years after the two-dose regimen failed to live up to expectations. ... Read more»

Learning from COVID, researchers prep universal vaccine for next coronavirus outbreak

The Walter Reed vaccine — which would provide immunity against several different coronaviruses — completed phase 1 human trials in November, marking an important step forward in the development of a universal vaccine to combat future coronavirus outbreaks.... Read more»

Con más muertes por sobredosis, defensores claman por una naloxona de venta libre

Aumentar el acceso a la naloxona es una parte clave de la estrategia de prevención de sobredosis de la administración Biden, pero los defensores dicen que la administración no ha abordado su mayor barrera para obtener el medicamento que salva vidas.... Read more»

With overdose deaths surging, advocates on the ground push for over-the-counter naloxone

As overdose deaths nationwide reach all-time highs, increasing access to naloxone is a key part of the Biden administration's overdose prevention strategy - but advocates say the administration has not addressed their greatest barrier to obtaining the lifesaving medication.... Read more»

Hope and resilience in action: Navajo Nation continues battle against COVID

In mid-2020, the Navajo Nation had the highest per-capita infection rate of COVID-19 in the U.S. Although the infection rate remains high, tribal leaders continue to practice mitigation efforts while many parts of the U.S. have relaxed restrictions.... Read more»

CDC: 25 states report Omicron strain of COVID-19, but Delta remains biggest threat

Twenty-five states have identified cases of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, federal public health officials said Friday as they released new data on the first 43 U.S. cases - but officials emphasized that the highly transmissible Delta variant still remains the main threat.... Read more»

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