COVID-19 Bivalent Vaccine Boosters Have Been Authorized for School Age Children | FDA

The FDA authorized bivalent formulations of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for use as a single booster dose at least two months after completing primary or booster vaccination.The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent is authorized for use as single booster dose in individuals 6 years of age and older. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals 5 years of age and older. Source: COVID-19 Bivalent VaccineContinue…

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Experimental Monoclonal Antibodies Show Promise Against Epstein-Barr Virus | NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

A panel of investigational monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) targeting different sites of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) blocked infection when tested in human cells in a laboratory setting. Moreover, one of the experimental mAbs provided nearly complete protection against EBV infection and lymphoma when tested in mice. The results appear online today in the journal Immunity. Scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration withContinue…

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Should covid-19 vaccines and drugs be “not for profit”? | The BMJ

Yes—Mohga Kamal-Yanni Inequality in access to medicines and vaccines has been prevalent in developing countries for decades. The HIV epidemic of the 1980s revealed massive faults in the global system of biomedical research—primarily a reliance on market incentives to dictate research and development (R&D) of pharmaceuticals through intellectual property rights. Millions of people died of AIDS, mainly in Africa, for lack of access to the highly priced medicines that could have saved their lives. AndContinue…

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RSV: Scary season for parents of young children | Pediatric research

We knew this day would come. School is back in session, there’s a chill in the air and everywhere you go you hear the sounds of the season: sniffling, sneezing and coughing.After two years of a global pandemic of a respiratory virus, these sounds might feel extra spooky. If you’re a parent of a newborn, they are definitely scary. Especially with rates of respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, on the rise.RSV is normally an unexceptionalContinue…

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Half of Virginia high school out sick due to flu-like symptoms

About 1,000 students at a Virginia high school were out sick last week with flu-like symptoms after the school’s homecoming event may have turned into a superspreader, officials and students said.Nearly half of the student body of Stafford High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia, had symptoms and were absent from school on Oct. 21, a spokesperson for the school, about 50 miles south of Washington, D.C., told NBC Washington.The school said in an Oct. 21 FacebookContinue…

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The Internet Rabbit Hole That May Be a Harbinger of Worldwide Devastation: The Racist Lesbian Emu Saga

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Apparently, the next pandemic may be the “emu flu” or “racist lesbian flu”. It’s one of those things that makes you wonder just how far some people will go for likes. Apparently de facto biological warfare against humanity. So a bunch of you are not Terminally Online which is fine. I'm kind of jealous if I'm honest. Lemme catch you up. A lesbian hobby farmer in Florida owns an emu and went viral (hahaha) forContinue…

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New HHS Report: COVID-19 Vaccinations in 2021 Linked to More than 650,000 Fewer COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Over 300,000 Fewer Deaths Among Medicare Beneficiaries, Underscoring Importance of Getting Updated COVID-19 Vaccines This Fall | HHS.gov

“This report reaffirms what we have said all along: COVID-19 vaccines save lives and prevent hospitalizations,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “We now have updated COVID vaccines designed to protect you against the Omicron strain of COVID that makes up almost all COVID cases in the U.S. The Biden-Harris Administration has ensured that updated vaccines are available at tens of thousands of locations nationwide. Over 90 percent of Americans live within 5 miles of whereContinue…

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Lower empathy partially explains why political conservatism is associated with riskier pandemic lifestyles

New research helps to explain the association between political conservatism and riskier pandemic lifestyles. According to new research published in Discover Social Science and Health, political conservatives tend to be less empathetic, hold more authoritarian beliefs, and feel less threatened by the pandemic, which in turn is associated with reduced adherence to COVID-19 health recommendations. “Although we have seen a lot of evidence showing that political conservatism is associated with lower rates of social distancing,Continue…

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False negative rapid Covid tests create confusion for people with obvious symptoms

A study out of the Harvard School of Public Health noted that some strains were harder to locate using a rapid test than others. “The delta variant was more difficult to detect, it had a higher limit of detection than omicron. This may relate to the omicron subvariants because some of the strains of the omicron subvariant do have mutations in the gene that’s detected by the antigen test,” said Ph.D. candidate Sydney Stanley. Source:Continue…

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Polio: New York governor declares state disaster emergency amid circulating poliovirus evidence, samples found in 5 counties – CNN

CNN)New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared a state disaster emergency amid evidence of circulating poliovirus, a move that will increase the availability of resources including expanding the network of polio vaccine administrators, state health officials said.Sequence analysis of wastewater surveillance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found poliovirus samples in Nassau County, bringing the total to 5 counties — Rockland County, Orange County, Sullivan County, New York City, and now, Nassau County.The AugustContinue…

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