Latest COVID-19 vaccine rollout News

Pfizer says tweaked COVID-19 shots boost omicron protection

Jun. 25, 2022 10:28 AM EDT

Pfizer announced Saturday that tweaking its COVID-19 vaccine to better target the omicron variant is safe and works — just days before regulators debate whether to offer Americans updated booster shots this fall. The vaccines currently used in the U.S. still offer strong protection...

Experts endorse Moderna COVID-19 shots for kids ages 6 to 17

Jun. 23, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An expert panel backed a second COVID-19 vaccine option for kids ages 6 to 17 Thursday. Advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously to recommend Moderna shots as an option for school-age kids and adolescents. This group has...

COVID cases rise in Southeast Asia, Middle East and Europe

Jun. 22, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases rose in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe last week, while the number of deaths globally dropped by 16%, according to the World Health Organization's latest weekly pandemic report issued Wednesday. The WHO said there were...

Shots for tots: COVID vaccinations start for little US kids

Jun. 22, 2022 10:34 AM EDT

Little Fletcher Pack woke up Monday morning and asked: “Is today vaccine day?” For the 3-year-old from Lexington, South Carolina, the answer was yes. The nation’s infants, toddlers and preschoolers are finally getting their chance at COVID-19 vaccination as the...

ND set to administer COVID-19 vaccine to youngest children

Jun. 21, 2022 12:42 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is receiving its initial order of 5,700 coronavirus vaccine doses for young children now that federal officials have endorsed the shots for youngsters ages 6 months to 5 years. An estimated 50,000 North Dakota children are eligible to receive the...

WHO: COVID-19 deaths rise, reversing a 5-week decline

Jun. 16, 2022 05:49 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — After five weeks of declining coronavirus deaths, the number of fatalities reported globally increased by 4% last week, according to the World Health Organization. In its weekly assessment of the pandemic issued on Thursday, the U.N. health agency said there were...

FDA advisers endorse 1st COVID-19 shots for kids under 5

Jun. 15, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

The first COVID-19 shots for U.S. infants, toddlers and preschoolers moved a step closer Wednesday. The Food and Drug Administration's vaccine advisers gave a thumbs-up to vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer for the littlest kids. The outside experts voted unanimously...

FDA advisers back Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for older kids

Jun. 14, 2022 19:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A government advisory panel Tuesday endorsed a second brand of COVID-19 vaccine for school-age children and teens. The Food and Drug Administration's outside experts voted unanimously that Moderna's vaccine is safe and effective enough to give kids ages 6 to 17. If...

US: Pfizer COVID-19 shot appears effective for kids under 5

Jun. 12, 2022 21:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials said Sunday that kid-sized doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines appear to be safe and effective for kids under 5, a key step toward a long-awaited decision to begin vaccinating the youngest American children. The Food and Drug...

Marathon US hearings to decide fate of COVID shots for tots

Jun. 10, 2022 19:26 PM EDT

Parents anxious to finally vaccinate their youngest children against COVID-19, strap in: A lot is set to happen over the next week. On Wednesday, both Moderna and Pfizer will have to convince what’s essentially a science court -- advisers to the Food and Drug Administration -- that...