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A child receives the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Fairfax County Government Center in Annandale, Va.

Advisers to the FDA back COVID vaccines for the youngest children

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A committee of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously to recommend that the agency authorize COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech for children as young as 6 months. The committee’s recommendations, in a pair of 21-0 votes, pave the way for the FDA to make COVID-19 vaccines available… Read More

A woman receives a booster shot at a pop-up vaccination clinic in Las Vegas on Dec. 21.

The FDA OKs another Pfizer or Moderna COVID booster for people 50 and up

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — U.S. regulators are allowing people 50 and older to get another booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration’s decision aims to offer extra protection to the most vulnerable in case the virus rebounds. The FDA said Tuesday that age group can seek a fourth dose… Read More

A medical worker prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine booster

The FDA postpones a highly anticipated meeting on the Pfizer vaccine for young kids

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — A highly anticipated meeting of expert advisers to discuss whether to recommend the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for young children has been postponed. The Food and Drug Administration said Pfizer told the agency that new data have recently emerged regarding its emergency use authorization request for the Pfizer vaccine… Read More

A nurse administers a pediatric dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to a girl at a L.A. Care Health Plan vaccination clinic at Los Angeles Mission College in the Sylmar neighborhood in Los Angeles, Ca., January 19, 2022.

COVID-19 vaccine for young kids could be ready this month

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Updated February 1, 2022 at 7:42 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The last age group of the population unable to get a Covid-19 vaccine may soon be able to do so — and much earlier than anticipated. Pfizer-BioNTech is expected to file a submission for emergency use to the Food and Drug Administration for… Read More

A nurse practitioner fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

FDA authorizes a Pfizer booster shot for children ages 12 to 15

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Updated January 3, 2022 at 10:41 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of a Pfizer-BioNTech booster in adolescents 12 to 15 years old. The agency on Monday also shortened the time between the completion of primary vaccination of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and a booster dose… Read More

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FDA authorizes 1st antiviral pill for COVID

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — In a highly anticipated decision, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the first antiviral pill to treat COVID-19 at home. The pill, called Paxlovid, is made by Pfizer. It’s taken twice a day for five days in combination with a second medicine called ritonavir, a generic antiviral. “Today’s authorization introduces the… Read More

A health care worker administers a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a senior living facility

The FDA authorizes COVID booster shots for all U.S. adults

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Food and Drug Administration has given its OK for fully vaccinated Americans who are age 18 and older to receive a COVID-19 booster shot. The FDA on Friday granted emergency use authorization for a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, which had already been available to people 65… Read More

Ari Blank got a comforting hand squeeze from his mom in May as he was vaccinated against COVID-19 in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

FDA authorizes use of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Food and Drug Administration has authorized a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. This lower-dose formulation of the companies’ adult vaccine was found to be safe and 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19. The agency acted Friday after a panel of independent scientists advising the FDA strongly supported… Read More

A healthcare worker prepares doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination clinic at a high school in Los Angeles in August.

Pfizer Officially Asks The FDA To Authorize Its COVID Vaccine For Kids Aged 5-11

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Updated October 7, 2021 at 9:27 AM ET WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Pfizer and BioNTech are officially asking the Biden administration to authorize the use of their COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Pfizer tweeted on Thursday that the companies had submitted their formal request for Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine to… Read More

A healthcare worker administers a dose of a Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to a child at a pediatrician's office in Bingham Farms, Michigan, U.S., on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

Pfizer Submits Favorable Initial Data To The FDA On Kids’ COVID-19 Vaccine Trial

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — Pfizer and BioNTech are another step closer to seeking authorization for young children to receive the COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine, submitting data to the Food and Drug Administration that shows a “robust” antibody response and “favorable” safety outcomes in kids ages 5 to 11 who received the two-dose regimen in clinical trials…. Read More

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US Panel Endorses Widespread Use Of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. government advisory panel has endorsed Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, in a major step toward an epic vaccination campaign that could finally conquer the outbreak. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to follow the recommendation issued Thursday by its expert advisers. The group, in a 17-4 vote with one abstention, concluded… Read More

Ohio Department of Health conducting tests for COVID-19 with new testing equipment.

DeWine Calls For Federal Help With Testing Materials

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Governor Mike DeWine is calling on the federal government to help provide crucial materials that would allow a dramatic increase in testing for coronavirus in his state — and later reported a “very positive” response from the agency concerned. Gov. DeWine said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Ohio hospitals… Read More

CBD oil from hemp on the shelves in Winkin’ Sun Hemp Company.

While FDA Warns CBD Companies, Ohio Valley Industry Continues to Grow

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent out 15 letters last week warning some companies that sell cannabidiol, or CBD, about making unfounded medical claims regarding the effects of the hemp-derived compound. Many users claim CBD has a wide range of medicinal benefits but there is little evidence. Despite this warning, the burgeoning industry in the Ohio Valley continues… Read More