The U.S. government on Friday moved to open up COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, expanding efforts to get ahead of rising coronavirus cases that experts fear could snowball into a winter surge as millions of Americans travel for the holidays.
If authorized by the Food and Drug Administration it could be a major step toward managing the pandemic, allowing patients to treat themselves at home. FDA regulators will scrutinize company data on the safety and effectiveness of the drug, which will be sold as Paxlovid, before making a decision.
After a stunning revelation from Governor Jim Justice's press briefing on Friday. A key takeaway from the briefing was that some health departments in the state were giving out full doses for the moderna booster instead of the recommended half dose.
Vaccinated students ages five to 18 have the chance to win tens of thousands of dollars in education savings in the next round of West Virginia’s COVID-19 vaccine sweepstakes, Gov. Justice announced Monday.
The state of West Virginia has put a hold on the Mercer County Health Department’s vaccine administration after it was discovered that the health department was administering incorrect doses of COVID-19 booster shots.
Charles Gore, the executive director of the Medicines Patent Pool, said the early results for molnupiravir were “compelling” and that he hoped this first voluntary licensing agreement for a COVID-19 treatment would lead to others.
Researchers tested two shots for the 6- to 11-year-olds, given a month apart, that each contained half the dose given to adults. Preliminary results showed vaccinated children developed virus-fighting antibodies similar to levels that young adults produce after full-strength shots, Moderna said in a news release.