Latest COVID-19 vaccine rollout News

Whitmer orders state to prep for vaccinating kids ages 5-11

Oct. 26, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday directed the state to expedite the ordering of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 so that it will be quickly available once the federal government gives it the green light. Republicans who...

Ukraine registers record daily number of COVID-19 deaths

Oct. 26, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine reported another record daily number of COVID-19 deaths Tuesday as vaccinations in the nation of 41 million people lags. Ukraine's Health Ministry registered 734 deaths in 24 hours, raising the country's pandemic death toll to 64,936. ...

BioNTech to work with Senegal, Rwanda to make mRNA vaccines

Oct. 26, 2021 11:24 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal and Rwanda have signed an agreement with German company BioNTech for the construction of its first start-to-finish factories to make messenger RNA vaccines in Africa. BioNTech, which developed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, said...

FDA advisers review Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids

Oct. 26, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine may be getting closer as government advisers on Tuesday began deliberating whether there’s enough evidence that the shots are safe and effective for 5- to 11-year-olds. A study of elementary...

US details new international COVID-19 travel requirements

Oct. 26, 2021 00:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Children under 18 and people from dozens of countries with a shortage of vaccines will be exempt from new rules that will require most travelers to the United States be vaccinated against COVID-19, the Biden administration announced. The government...

EU drug regulator OKs booster doses of Moderna's COVID shot

Oct. 25, 2021 13:47 PM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Medicines Agency said Monday that a booster dose of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine “can be considered" in people aged 18 and above. In a statement, the EU drug regulator said its analysis had shown that a third dose given of Moderna's...

Moderna says its low-dose COVID shot works for kids 6 to 11

Oct. 25, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

Moderna said Monday that a low dose of its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and appears to work in 6- to 11-year-olds, as the manufacturer joins its rival Pfizer in moving toward expanding shots to children. Pfizer's kid-size vaccine doses are closer to widespread use. They are...

China to start vaccinating children to age 3 as cases spread

Oct. 25, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Children as young as 3 will start receiving COVID-19 vaccines in China, where 76% of the population has been fully vaccinated and authorities are maintaining a zero-tolerance policy toward outbreaks. China becomes one of the very few countries in...

Florida's top doctor refuses mask, is told to leave meeting

Oct. 24, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida's top health official was asked to leave a meeting after refusing to wear a mask at the office of a state senator who told him she had a serious medical condition, officials have confirmed. Florida Senate leader Wilton Simpson, a Republican, sent a...

Africa tries to end vaccine inequity by replicating its own

Oct. 24, 2021 08:22 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In a pair of Cape Town warehouses converted into a maze of airlocked sterile rooms, young scientists are assembling and calibrating the equipment needed to reverse engineer a coronavirus vaccine that has yet to reach South Africa and most of the world's...