HEALTHCARE – Children under 5 can get COVID vaccines this month

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The White House announced Thursday that coronavirus vaccines could be available to children under five by June 21, giving some anxious parents a glimmer of hope after nearly three years of waiting.

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Vaccines for children under five may be ready this month

The wait for parents of children under five may soon be over.

The White House said Thursday that COVID-19 vaccinations for children under five could begin as soon as June 21, if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows injections.

“We expect the vaccinations to begin in earnest as early as Tuesday, June 21, and actually continue throughout this week,” said Ashish Jha, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator.

An FDA advisory panel is scheduled to meet on June 14 and 15 to consider applications from Pfizer and Moderna, and Jha said a decision on the authorization is expected “soon afterwards.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will also have to sign.

Comments show that vaccinations for children under five may finally be approaching, after many parents have been frustrated by months of delay. Children under the age of five are the only age group for which a vaccine is not yet available.

While Jha said it will take some time to ramp up the vaccination program, he expects that “within weeks every parent who wants to vaccinate their child will be able to get an appointment.”

But how many will get the shots? The bigger question is how many parents want to vaccinate their young children. While some are keen to do this as soon as possible, vaccination rates for older children have been delayed, suggesting rates may be delayed for younger children as well.

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The International Atomic Energy Agency is investigating the response to the summons

A federal watchdog said Thursday it will investigate whether the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) properly inspected an infant formula manufacturing plant operated by Abbott Nutrition.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) said it will investigate Food and Drug Administration actions that led to the formula’s February recall at its Abbott facility in Michigan.

Specifically, the agency will examine the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) examination of the plant as well as how the agency oversaw Abbott’s start of recalling infant formula.

The SIGIR said the review is expected to be completed by 2023.

FDA Commissioner Robert Cliff Confess to the legislators The agency’s response last week was too slow and it said the Food and Drug Administration had made a number of mistakes that exacerbated the nationwide baby formula shortage. Cliff has pledged to reform the agency’s often-criticized food safety department.

The Michigan manufacturing plant operated by Abbott Nutrition closed in mid-February after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration examination found unsanitary conditions and multiple strains of bacteria that could be fatal to children.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has come under fire for failing to recognize the severity of the problem until it is too late.

The agency first conducted a “routine surveillance check” of the Abbott plant in September 2021 after reports of a bacterial infection in children potentially linked to Abbott’s formula, but it did not follow up with another check until January 31.

The summons was not issued until February 17th.

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57% said that women should be able to have an abortion for any reason

More than half of Americans say a woman should be able to have an abortion for any reason, to me New poll for the Wall Street Journal.

The magazine noted that 41 percent of respondents opposed to a woman’s legal ability to have an abortion were the least of all.

The new poll, published Thursday, found that 57 percent of respondents said women should be allowed to have a legal abortion if they wanted to.

Poll comes amid backlash against Politico Spread A draft opinion last month indicated that a majority of Supreme Court justices supported overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

Sixty-eight percent of those surveyed said they did not want to see Roe v. Wade flipped, effectively ending the federal right to abortion, while 30 percent of respondents said they supported the move.

The draft opinion would largely leave abortion laws to states, as political battles are also brewing in anticipation of the decision. More than 20 Republican-led states have so-called “stimulus laws” that would ban or severely restrict abortion if Roe v. Wade was overturned.

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Chicago, Philly, Los Angeles County record first Monkey Box cases

Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles County announced their first cases of monkeypox on Thursday amid growing concerns about the outbreak in the United States.

Public health departments at the three locations are currently awaiting final confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of presumed cases.

“The patient is an adult resident who traveled recently and had close contact with a case. Although the patient has symptoms, he is doing well and has not been hospitalized. They are isolated from the others” Los Angeles County declaration saidconfirming that the risk of the general public catching monkeypox remains low.

Georgia also announced its first confirmed case by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday.

Health experts said they expect cases to rise after the first few cases are discovered.

The main route of transmission of monkeypox is through prolonged skin contact with lesions of the affected individual. Once these lesions are completely healed, the person is no longer considered contagious.

With most of the initial cases discovered among men who have had sex with men, health experts have urged caution as people take part in festivities to mark Pride Month.

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Medicare’s financial outlook improved slightly

Medicare’s financial outlook has improved in the past year, and the program won’t run out of funding to pay all hospital services costs for older and disabled beneficiaries until 2028, two years later than last year’s estimated date.

Once the program’s reserves are exhausted, it will only be able to cover 90 percent of projected costs, according to the annual report from the Trustees of Social Security and Medicare released Thursday.

According to the report, the COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on short-term financing and Medicare spending but will have no long-term impact on Medicare solvency.

“What we have seen so far through the pandemic is that there is an additional cost associated with identifying and treating the costs associated with COVID. But at the same time, more than offsetting those cost increases has been to reduce the use of services,” a senior administration official said during a briefing with reporters. .

However, the program is not on a sound financial footing, and the trustees cautioned that Congress needs to take action.

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  • The developing world should reap the benefits of new research on monkeypox, experts urge (Reuters)

country by state

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  • Two dead, 24 people diagnosed in a Legionnaires group in the Bronx (Gothamist)
  • The auditor questions whether the state of Nebraska has received nearly 400,000 COVID-19 test kits from Nomi Health (KETV)

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