FDA says Pfizer vaccine appears to work in young kids; virus infections in UK remain at ‘unacceptable’ level: Live COVID updates

Written by on October 23, 2021

Federal well being regulators mentioned for the primary time late Friday that kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine seem extremely efficient at stopping symptomatic infections in elementary college kids and prompted no sudden questions of safety.

The Meals and Drug Administration posted its evaluation of Pfizer’s information forward of a public assembly subsequent week to debate whether or not the pictures are prepared for the nation’s roughly 28 million kids ages 5 to 11. The company will ask a panel of outdoor vaccine specialists to vote on that query and is predicted to authorize the vaccine for younger kids as early as subsequent week.

Of their evaluation, FDA scientists concluded that in virtually each state of affairs the vaccine’s profit for stopping hospitalizations and dying from COVID-19 would outweigh any critical potential unwanted effects in kids. However company reviewers stopped in need of calling for Pfizer’s shot to be licensed instantly.

If the FDA authorizes the pictures, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention will make extra suggestions on who ought to obtain them the primary week of November. Kids might start vaccinations early subsequent month.

Additionally within the information:

► Well being officers in Utah investigated vaccination standing by astrological signal, and the information did not bode nicely for Scorpios, who had the lowest vaccination rates of all the signs.

► Connecticut jail staff high the record of state workers failing to adjust to a state vaccination mandate, making up 32% of the state staff who have not gotten vaccines. The mandate applies to greater than 55,000 day care employees at almost 2,900 day care facilities.

► All daycare staff in Illinois should both be vaccinated towards COVID by early January or undergo weekly testing, Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered Friday.

► Regardless of the upcoming rollout of vaccines for youthful kids, the CDC will proceed to advocate learners and workers at faculties put on masks. Here are the best ones.

📈 Right this moment’s numbers: The U.S. has recorded greater than 45.Four million confirmed COVID-19 circumstances and greater than 735,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. World totals: Greater than 243.2 million circumstances and 4.9 million deaths. Greater than 190,400 million Individuals — 57.4% of the inhabitants — are totally vaccinated, according to the CDC.

📘 What we’re studying: Vaccines are being attacked by a contemporary voice advocating for pure immunity — Florida’s surgeon common. Dr. Joseph Ladapo has blasted the efficacy of COVID vaccines whereas insisting the administration helps them.

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UK infections stay at ‘unacceptable’ degree as lockdown fears return

The UK faces a doable Christmas COVID-19 lockdown, a distinguished advisor to the British authorities told The Guardian newspaper this weekend. In the meantime, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the paper there’s “completely nothing to point that that’s on the playing cards in any respect.”

Peter Openshaw, a member of the federal government’s New and Rising Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group, mentioned the present variety of infections is “unacceptable” and burdened the significance of masks mandates and different measures like working from house, the Guardian studies.

The variety of COVID-19 circumstances within the UK has been spiking since early October. Because the climate worsens and the nation enters its typical flu season, COVID-19 has unfold. In the meantime, eating places, pubs and different leisure stay open, largely with out restrictions.

The UK has already locked down thrice all through the pandemic, in Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and once more in January 2021.

Research exhibits decrease mortality charges for vaccinated individuals

People who find themselves vaccinated towards COVID-19 are much less more likely to die, even from causes not associated to COVID. 

That is in response to a brand new examine launched by the CDC that examined dying charges amongst vaccinated and nonvaccinated Individuals. The examine concluded that there is no such thing as a elevated threat of dying from getting vaccinated, highlighting the protection of vaccines.

The study included information from 11 million individuals and was carried out between December 2020 and July 2021. After adjusting for age, intercourse and different demographic traits, the information confirmed that vaccinated individuals had decrease mortality charges than nonvaccinated individuals from all causes.

The relative threat of non-COVID mortality for individuals totally vaccinated with Pfizer was 0.41. The chance for Moderna recipients who had been totally vaccinated was 0.34. Recipients of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine had a 0.54 relative mortality threat for non-COVID causes.

“This discovering reinforces the protection profile of presently permitted COVID-19 vaccines in the USA,” the examine mentioned.

Delta variant does not trigger extra critical sickness, examine says

There was no proof that individuals who had a lab-confirmed case of COVID from the delta variant had a better threat of extra extreme sickness than individuals contaminated with different variants of the illness, in response to a brand new CDC study.

Whereas the delta variant is far more transmissible than earlier strains, the examine of knowledge from 14 states noticed no larger proportion of individuals with extreme outcomes.

Nonetheless, the proportion of unvaccinated individuals hospitalized with the delta variant did enhance, and “decrease vaccination protection in adults aged 18–49 years probably contributed to the rise in hospitalized sufferers in the course of the Delta interval,” the examine discovered.

COVID-19 taking a rising toll on Kentucky’s depleted nursing corps

Repeated waves of COVID-19 circumstances, lengthy hours and continual employees shortages are taking a severe toll on Kentucky’s nurses with many citing stress, burnout and misery over encounters with hostile sufferers and relations.

Additional, because the pandemic drags on, nurses as soon as seen as well being care heroes have discovered themselves confronted by some critics who declare COVID-19 is not actual or are indignant about measures comparable to vaccines and carrying masks. The Kentucky Nurses Affiliation launched a survey of nurses statewide in regards to the state of their career on Friday.

A few of the findings:

  • A increase within the journey nurse business — during which non-public businesses rent nurses to work in different areas or states at a lot larger pay — is additional depleting the ranks of Kentucky nurses because the COVID-19 pandemic reaches into its 20th month.
  • And nurses already overwhelmed by surges of hospitalized COVID-19 sufferers at the moment are experiencing waves of vital sickness and dying pushed by the delta variant, largely amongst unvaccinated sufferers.

– Deborah Yetter, The Louisville Courier Journal

Contributing: The Related Press

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