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Official: Pennsylvania 'well prepared' for vaccine boosters

Sep. 21, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s network of vaccine providers is ready to deliver booster shots of the coronavirus vaccine as soon as federal authorities sign off, the state’s top health official said Tuesday. More than 2,000 providers have COVID-19 vaccine...

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

Sep. 20, 2021 22:50 PM EDT

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 youngsters. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is...

Top doctors say not so fast to Biden's boosters-for-all plan

Sep. 18, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just one month ago, President Joe Biden and his health advisers announced big plans to soon deliver a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine to all Americans. But after campaigning for the White House on a pledge to “follow the science,” Biden found himself...

US panel backs COVID-19 boosters only for seniors, high-risk

Sep. 17, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dealing the White House a stinging setback, a government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots across the board, and instead endorsed the extra vaccine dose only for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe...

Dozens of Afghan refugees will resettle in North Dakota

Sep. 17, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota will help settle dozens of Afghan refugees who will begin arriving later this month. The state Department of Human Services said Friday it has been notified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that North Dakota will...

Florida surpasses 50K COVID deaths after battling delta wave

Sep. 16, 2021 22:16 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida surpassed 50,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began, health officials reported Thursday, with more than one fourth of those succumbing this summer as the state battled a fierce surge in infections fueled by the delta variant. The U.S....

Tommy Thompson has surgery after water-skiing accident

Sep. 16, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tommy Thompson, the longest-serving governor in Wisconsin history and current interim president of the University of Wisconsin System, had surgery Thursday following a water-skiing accident. “On my way in to surgery this morning,” the...

FDA strikes cautious tone ahead of vaccine booster meeting

Sep. 15, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

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 deciding which Americans need one and when. The Food and Drug Administration on...

Latest: Australia's capital extends lockdown until Oct. 15

Sep. 13, 2021 23:07 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s capital city of Canberra will remain locked down for a second month after the local government reported 22 new coronavirus infections. The Australian Capital Territory locked down Aug. 12 after a single case linked to a Sydney...

FDA experts among group opposing US booster shot plan

Sep. 13, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

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 shots are working...