Latest COVID-19 vaccine rollout News

Elmo, 3, joins youngest Americans in getting vaccinated

Jun. 29, 2022 17:25 PM EDT

V is for vaccine. Elmo got a COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, according to Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street." In a public service announcement posted to YouTube, the beloved 3-and-a-half-year-old “Sesame Street” star talked...

South Korea approves first homemade COVID-19 vaccine

Jun. 29, 2022 03:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Health officials in South Korea on Wednesday approved the country's first domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 years or older, adding another public health tool in the fight against a prolonged pandemic. In clinical trials involving some...

FDA advisers recommend updating COVID booster shots for fall

Jun. 28, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

Some U.S. adults are a step closer to getting updated COVID-19 boosters this fall, as government advisers voted Tuesday that it’s time to tweak shots to better match the most recent virus variants. The Food and Drug Administration will have to decide the exact recipe but expect a...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Jun. 27, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

Detroit Free Press. June 24, 2022. Editorial: Supreme Court ruling would make abortion illegal in Michigan. Voters can fix it. In a 6-3 ruling Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its decision in Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that granted American women the...

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...