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Moderna says COVID shot for younger kids showed strong results

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Moderna Inc. said that its COVID-19 vaccine showed a strong immune response in younger children in a late-stage clinical trial.

Biden’s economic plan finally comes into focus as it shrinks

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The White House’s concessions are piling up on President Joe Biden’s social-spending plan — including climate, education and child care provisions — as negotiations continue into the weekend.

Benefits of Pfizer child shot likely outweigh risks, FDA says

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The staff of the Food and Drug Administration said the benefits of Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s COVID-19 vaccine for young children likely outweigh its risks, ahead of a meeting next week where experts will weigh whether the shot should be cleared for use.

East Europe vaccine skeptics embrace jabs as cases soar

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Two eastern European countries struggling with low rates of vaccination against COVID-19 are seeing a sudden rush for jabs.

Pfizer says COVID vaccine 91% effective in kids ages 5 to 11

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Pfizer Inc. said the COVID shot it’s developed with BioNTech SE was 90.7% effective against symptomatic cases in young kids ages 5 to 11, according to a briefing document posted on the Food and Drug Administration website.

Moderna, J&J boosters gain backing from CDC advisory panel

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U.S. public health advisers voted unanimously to recommended COVID-19 booster shots from Moderna Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, clearing the way for a widespread campaign hoped to stave off a resurgence of the virus.

Who needs COVID boosters? Experts must decide with incomplete data

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COVID-19 vaccine holdouts have no monopoly on doubt. Even scientists who fervently believe the shots are the way out of the pandemic often wish they had a bit more proof.

Moscow orders strict lockdown amid ‘worst-case’ COVID-19 surge

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Moscow will implement its harshest lockdown since the early days of the pandemic last year, as Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on his blog that the COVID-19 situation was developing according to the “worst-case scenario.”

Lockdowns are back as Eastern European nations pay for low vaccination rates

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The coronavirus is resurgent in the European Union’s less-vaccinated east — bringing with it the return of lockdowns.

FDA clears Moderna, J&J boosters and backs vaccine mixing

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared a broad path for millions more Americans to receive COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, as the nation looks to bolster its defenses and prevent another virus surge.

Putin orders new Russia restrictions with COVID deaths at record

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President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia’s most sweeping COVID-19 restrictions since May as the numbers of new infections and deaths during the pandemic reached record levels.

Commentary: Medicare can cover dental care inexpensively

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As the cost of President Joe Biden’s spending package shrinks from $3.5 trillion closer to $2 trillion, Sen. Bernie Sanders’s proposal to add dental, vision and hearing coverage to Medicare has emerged as a sticking point in negotiations.

White House plans for COVID shots at school in rollout to kids

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The White House outlined its COVID-19 plan to vaccinate younger children, which would focus on smaller doses administered with smaller needles if the shots are authorized by regulators.

UK’s Boris Johnson predicts difficult winter as COVID-19 deaths rise

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson predicted a difficult winter due to coronavirus and other pressures on the National Health Service, as his government acknowledged worsening data in its pandemic response.

U.S. secretary of homeland security tests positive for COVID-19 after full vaccination

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U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas has tested positive for COVID-19 despite having been fully vaccinated, his spokesperson said Tuesday.

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Moscow orders strict lockdown amid ‘worst-case’ COVID-19 surge

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Moscow will implement its harshest lockdown since the early days of the pandemic last year, as Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on his blog that the COVID-19 situation was developing according to the “worst-case scenario.”