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US FDA authorizes third shot of Pfizer or Moderna for at-risk group

An advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted unanimously on Friday in favor of recommending a third coronavirus dose to 2.7 million people with weakened immune systems.

The decision comes after the US Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized a third shot of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for highly immunized individuals, who represent less than 3% of the overall population.

“The FDA is particularly aware that immunocompromised individuals are particularly at risk of serious illness,” FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said in a statement late Thursday.

“Other individuals who have been fully vaccinated are adequately protected,” Woodcock said, “and no additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are needed at this time.”

The CDC recommends that vulnerable Americans, including cancer patients, HIV patients, and others with immunodeficiency, get a booster shot, because several studies have shown it can better protect their immune systems from the virus.

According to the CDC, 40%-44% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 after vaccination are immunized.

Scientists are debating whether to offer additional doses of COVID-19 vaccines to certain immunocompromised people, such as organ transplant recipients or cancer patients. A recent study from Johns Hopkins University found that many transplant patients had little or no antibody protection after receiving two full doses of the vaccine, but a third shot increased their protection.

Between 3 million and 9 million Americans have weakened immune systems, either because of illness or the drugs they take.

US Supreme Court

Also on Thursday, US Supreme Court Justice Amy Connie Barrett dismissed a request by a group of Indiana University students who sought to block a school mandate that required students to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. . The school can continue to move forward with its vaccine mandate.

In his decision, Barrett did not state that he had consulted with other court judges about the case. Barrett handles emergency petitions from the region of the US where Indiana University is located.

Germany

Officials in northern Germany fear a nurse gave more than 8,000 people a saline solution instead of a COVID-19 vaccination and are urging patients to get another COVID-19 shot.

Many patients are at high risk in the over 70 age group. Originally, the nurse in Friesland was thought to have injected only six people with a saline solution, as part of a cover-up to drop a vial of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. The number of affected people increased drastically as police continued to investigate the matter, and now 8,557 people have been asked to return to vaccination centers for another shot.

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Police say the nurse shared skeptical opinions about vaccines on social media.

american school

California on Wednesday became the first US state to require teachers and support staff to either be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.

Governor Gavin Newsom said the new order applies to both public and private schools in the country’s most populous state, and includes teachers’ aides, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and volunteers.

Newsom’s order was supported by the head of the California Teachers Association, E. Toby Boyd. “Teachers want to be in classes with their students,” Boyd said, “and that’s the best way to make sure everyone is medically qualified to be vaccinated.” Teacher unions at both the national and local level have been increasingly soft on their opposition to the vaccine mandate, amid the current surge of new COVID-19 cases due to the more contagious delta variant.

The head of the American Federation of Teachers, Randy Weingarten, said during a television interview last week that “as a matter of personal discretion, I think we need to work with our employers, not to oppose them, on the vaccine.” on the mandate.”

Canada

The Canadian government announced on Friday that it would require vaccination for all federal public servants and passengers traveling by plane, train or cruise ship.

According to Reuters, the mandate for federal employees will take effect by the end of October.

Canada said on Wednesday it is developing a digital COVID-19 vaccine passport for its citizens to use for international travel.

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said the federal government in Ottawa is working with the provinces and territories responsible for vaccinating residents, on a common approach in making passports, which should be available over the next few months.

Mendicino said the vaccine passport “is an important step in ensuring that Canadians will have the documents they need to be safe to travel once again.”

Some information for this report has been received from The Associated Press and Reuters.

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