CDC recommends Pfizer booster for children ages 5-11 | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By LAURAN NEERGAARD ​​- AP Medical Writer Children ages 5 to 11 should receive a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. government advisers said Thursday. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention quickly adopted the panel’s recommendation, opening up a third COVID-19 vaccine to healthy elementary-age children — much like what’s already recommended for … Read more

Number of suspected COVID-19 cases in North Korea approaches 2 million | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KIM TONG-HYUNG – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea reported an additional 262,270 suspected COVID-19 cases on Thursday as its pandemic caseload neared 2 million — a week after the country acknowledged the outbreak and s is working to slow infections in its unvaccinated population. The country is also trying to … Read more

North Korea hails recovery as WHO worries about missing data | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KIM TONG-HYUNG – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday more than a million people have already recovered from suspected COVID-19 just a week after revealing an outbreak it appears to be trying to manage in isolation as global experts express deep concern about the public health threat. The country’s … Read more

Mayorkas visits border to prepare for end of asylum limits | Health, Medicine and Fitness

PA McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday that authorities were prepared for an expected increase in the number of migrants crossing the border from Mexico, days before the end of an order of public health after being used to deport almost 2 million people. times without the possibility of applying … Read more

EXPLAINER: What we know about the shuttered formula factory | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By MATTHEW PERRONE – AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — At the center of the national infant formula shortage is a single plant: the Abbott Nutrition plant that has been closed for more than three months due to contamination concerns. On Monday, US officials announced a deal with Abbott that paves the way for production … Read more

Student protest as discontent mounts over China’s zero-COVID | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KEN MORITSUGU and DAVID RISING – Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Administrators at an elite Beijing university backed off plans to further tighten pandemic restrictions on students under China’s “zero-COVID” strategy after a weekend protest. end at school, according to students on Tuesday. Peking University graduate students staged a rare but peaceful protest on … Read more

New US hospitals face budget crisis over COVID relief money | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By JAY REEVES – Associated Press THOMASVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A whole city celebrated in 2020 when, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Thomasville Regional Medical Center opened its doors, providing cutting-edge drugs that were previously unavailable in a poor, isolated part from Alabama. The timing of the inauguration seemed perfect: new treatment … Read more

Execution of Georgian man who killed girl temporarily suspended | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KATE BRUMBACK – Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — A judge on Monday temporarily delayed the execution of a Georgia man who was to die Tuesday for killing an 8-year-old girl 46 years ago. Virgil Delano Presnell Jr., 68, killed the girl and raped her 10-year-old friend after abducting them on their way home from … Read more

North Korea reports new fever outbreak amid COVID-19 crisis | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By KIM TONG-HYUNG – Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday reported another large increase in illnesses believed to be COVID-19 as a massive outbreak spreads through its unvaccinated population and military medics were deployed to distribute drugs. State media said the Northern Antivirus headquarters reported another 269,510 people had a … Read more

North Korea reports 270,000 new fever cases amid COVID crisis | Health, Medicine and Fitness

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Health officials in North Korea have found an additional 269,510 people with febrile symptoms and reported six more deaths, state media said Tuesday, as the country grapples with a growing but largely undiagnosed COVID-19 epidemic in its unvaccinated population. According to the North’s antivirus headquarters, 56 people have died and … Read more