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FDA OKs mixing COVID vaccines; backs Moderna, J&J boosters

Oct. 20, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a brand different from the one they received initially. The Food...

Unvaccinated Minnesotans 30x more likely to die from COVID

Oct. 20, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Unvaccinated Minnesotans are 15 times more likely to require hospitalization for COVID-19 and 30 times more likely to die from the disease than vaccinated residents, Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Wednesday. The commissioner gave those figures...

Maryland congressman says he prescribes ivermectin for COVID

Oct. 20, 2021 19:07 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland congressman who is a practicing anesthesiologist said on a radio show that he prescribed a medication typically used to treat parasites in livestock and humans as a treatment for COVID-19. Republican Rep. Andy Harris, who represents...

White House details plans to vaccinate 28M children age 5-11

Oct. 20, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children ages 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician's office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for elementary school...

UK encourages booster jabs, resists new virus restrictions

Oct. 20, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Under pressure from rising infections and worried health experts, the British government on Wednesday urged millions of people to get booster vaccine shots but resisted calls to reimpose coronavirus restrictions such as mandatory mask-wearing. Health...

Florida chief fired for not forcing firefighter vaccinations

Oct. 20, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida battalion chief has been fired for refusing to discipline workers who hadn't gotten a COVID-19 vaccine in violation of a requirement for county employees. Orange County Fire Rescue battalion chief Stephen Davis was fired Tuesday for...

South Africa starts vaccinations for those aged 12 to 17

Oct. 20, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has started giving COVID-19 vaccinations to adolescents aged between 12 and 17 years, with a goal of inoculating at least 6 million people from this age group. The country is trying to increase its rate of vaccinations which is running...

US expected to authorize mix-and-match COVID booster shots

Oct. 19, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster doses this week in an effort to provide flexibility as the campaign for extra shots expands. The upcoming announcement by the Food and Drug Administration is...

J&J hikes 2021 profit forecast, COVID-19 vaccine sales grow

Oct. 19, 2021 11:03 AM EDT

Sales of the cancer treatment Darzalex helped Johnson & Johnson deliver better-than-expected third-quarter earnings, while COVID-19 fueled vaccine revenue and had more customers reaching for Tylenol. The world’s biggest maker of health care products hiked its 2021...

Why COVID boosters weren't tweaked to better match variants

Oct. 18, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

More COVID-19 booster shots may be on the way -- but when it’s your turn, you’ll get an extra dose of the original vaccine, not one updated to better match the extra-contagious delta variant. And that has some experts wondering if the booster campaign is a bit of a...