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FDA approves new Covid boosters that target latest variants amid rising cases

FDA approves updated Covid boosters from Moderna and Pfizer set to arrive soon: Coronavirus guidelines 2023

Jill Biden tested positive for Covid and is experiencing “mild symptoms”, per a 4 September statement from the White House.

New Covid boosters from Pfizer and Moderna designed to target the XBB.1.5 subvariant have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and are expected to be made available later this week.

Health officials say that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will now sign off on it amid rising cases of Covid across the US.

Last week Moderna released a statemen saying the company’s updated boosters are expected to work well against the BA.2.86 variant – unofficially called “Pirola”.

Covid-19 case counts are rising across the US, and public health authorities are monitoring the worrisome new variant. Some experts are urging Americans to wear a mask when necessary to slow the spread of the virus.

Doctors warned that Pirola may be cause for concern as it is a newly-designated, highly-mutated variant of Omicron which triggered a surge in cases in a number of countries including the US.

According to a Thursday bulletin in Yale Medicine, the new variant has more than 30 mutations to its spike protein – located on the outer surface of a coronavirus – which helps it enter and infect human cells.

CDC Covid tracker

18,871 hospitalisations from 27 August to 2 September


CDC data show which counties have the highest hospitalisation rates due to Covid

The top three counties—all in Texas—are Wilbarger County, Hardeman County, and Foard County. All are seeing 22.4 new hospital admissions a week per every 100,000 residents.

Below those three are Seminole County and Pontotoc County, both in Oklahoma. Both are seeing 20.9 new hospital admissions a week per every 100,000 residents.

Covid hospitalisations and deaths have risen in recent weeks, with experts warning that Americans may need to wear masks and take actions to slow the spread of the virus in the coming days as cold and flu season approaches.

Maggie O’Neill12 September 2023 13:41


New Covid boosters approved as CDC set to decide who should receive them amid rising cases

Health officials say that the Pfizer and Moderna shots likely to be available later this week.

Graeme Massie11 September 2023 19:38


As Covid cases rise, experts chime in on the question of whether we need to start masking again

Covid hospital admissions and deaths have been on the rise in the US for weeks. As cases climb, experts weigh in on the question of whether or not people should start masking again in public spaces. Olivia Hebert reports:

Maggie O’Neill9 September 2023 14:00


Instagram influencer gets five years in prison for using Covid loans to pay for luxury apartment

On Thursday, social media personality Danielle Miller was sentenced in federal court for “fraudulently obtaining over $1 million in pandemic-related loans…then using those funds for personal expenses, including chartering a private jet and renting a luxury apartment,” according to a statement from the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts.

In the statement, Acting US Attorney Joshua S. Levy said: “Ms. Miller isn’t an influencer, she is a convicted felon.”

She was sentenced to five years in prison and three years of supervised release.

Maggie O’Neill9 September 2023 09:00


Nearly two million died after China abruptly ended Covid restrictions

China’s decision to end Covid restrictions led to almost two million excess deaths, according to a new study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, a federally-funded institute in Seattle.

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar reports:

Maggie O’Neill9 September 2023 04:00


Nursing home staff continue to refuse vaccinations that could protect their patients

Older people are among those who are at an increased risk of developing severe disease from the virus, per the CDC.

Maggie O’Neill8 September 2023 23:00


Health departments spread awareness of the benefits of vaccines as Covid cases rise

The Los Angeles County public health department tweeted a reminder that Covid vaccines are safe for pregnant people. Pregnant people are more likely than others to get severely ill with Covid-19.

Maggie O’Neill8 September 2023 20:00


Preventative tools like masks, tests should be more accessible in the US, experts say

As Covid cases rise, experts have been vocal about the need for accessible prevention tools, including masks and at-home tests.

University of New Hampshire associate professor Chanda Prescod-Weinstein tweeted Thursday: “Part of the current public health catastrophe is that there are poor people who want to mask regularly and literally can’t afford to now that masks are not being made widely available for free.”

Maggie O’Neill8 September 2023 17:00


New York’s health commissioner urges teachers, students, parents to take Covid seriously as school year starts

New York Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald tweeted about the threats of rising Covid cases on Thursday. “If you test positive for COVID, stay home and stay away from other people, especially those who are vulnerable to serious illness,” he wrote. “To improve your chances of not having serious illness, speak with a health care provider about treatment.”

In a statement released earlier this week, he encouraged teachers, students, and parents to lean on available resources to slow the spread of the virus. “Remember COVID tests are easy to use as well as highly accurate,” he said. “Also know that COVID is a treatable disease.”

Maggie O’Neill8 September 2023 14:00


Florida surgeon general warns against getting the latest Covid-19 vaccine

DeSantis said, “People are lurching toward this insanity again. As we see these things being orchestrated…there needs to be pushback.”

Florida’s surgeon general, Joseph Ladapo, expressed his opinion that there aren’t good reasons to get the latest Covid vaccine. “There are a lot of red flags,” he said.

Health authorities around the world—including the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—have publicly stated that Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

Maggie O’Neill8 September 2023 11:00

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