Washington expects about 316,000 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 childhood vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 to be delivered to the state by the end of next week, pending federal approval, state health officials said Wednesday. A pediatric dose equal to one-third of the Pfizer adult vaccine dose continues to require FDA emergency clearance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Immunization Practices Advisory Committee. The CDC meets next Tuesday and Wednesday.
A cheap antidepressant has reduced the need for hospitalization among high-risk adults with COVID-19 as part of a study to find existing drugs that could be used to treat the coronavirus. Fluvoxamine, which is used to treat depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder and is known to reduce inflammation, will cost $ 4 for COVID-19 treatment. In comparison, intravenous antibody treatment costs about $ 2,000, while Merck’s experimental COVID-19 antiviral pill costs about $ 700 per course. Fluvoxamine is already available in many poor countries.
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