CDC advisers recommend COVID-19 shots for children under 5 | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By MIKE STOBBE – AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health advisers on Saturday recommended COVID-19 vaccines for infants, toddlers and preschoolers — the last group without the vaccines. Advisors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have unanimously decided that coronavirus vaccines should be made available to children as young as … Read more

White House: Florida doctors can order COVID shots under 5 | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By ZEKE MILLER – Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors in Florida will be able to order COVID-19 vaccines for children under age 5 from the federal government, the White House announced Friday, after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state will not would not order or distribute the vaccines in the state. . The … Read more

California lawmaker drops vaccine consent plan for tweens | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By DON THOMPSON – Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday amended a bill that would have allowed preteens to be vaccinated against a range of health conditions without parental consent, instead raising the proposed minimum age to 15 years old, which would still be among the youngest in the United States … Read more

FDA advisers support Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for older children | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By MIKE STOBBE – AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A government advisory group on Tuesday approved a second brand of COVID-19 vaccine for school-aged children and teens. Outside Food and Drug Administration experts voted unanimously that Moderna’s vaccine is safe and effective enough to give to children ages 6 to 17. If the … Read more

FDA advisers support Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for older children | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By MIKE STOBBE – AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A government advisory group on Tuesday approved a second brand of COVID-19 vaccine for school-aged children and teens. Outside Food and Drug Administration experts voted unanimously that Moderna’s vaccine is safe and effective enough to give to children ages 6 to 17. If the … Read more

NY GOP gubernatorial candidates debate crime and the economy | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By MARINA VILLENEUVE – Associated Press ALBANY, NY (AP) — Four Republican candidates for governor of New York have pledged to undo years of one-party rule and focus on fighting crime and improving the economy if they were elected in a televised debate on Monday evening. It’s an uphill battle for Republicans vying for governor’s … Read more

United States: Pfizer COVID-19 appears effective for children under 5 | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By MATTHEW PERRONE and MIKE STOBBE – AP Medical Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials said Sunday that child-appropriate doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines appear to be safe and effective for children under 5, a key step toward a long-awaited decision to begin vaccinating America’s youngest children. The Food and Drug Administration released its … Read more

New Mexico sees increase in milder COVID-19 infections | Health, Medicine and Fitness

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — Coronavirus cases are on the rise again in New Mexico, but top state health officials said Wednesday that a return to mask mandates or other restrictions on widespread public health is unlikely as infections become milder. Health and Human Services Secretary Dr David Scrase said in his first pandemic briefing in … Read more

Traffic Jam Could Delay COVID Funds Until Fall — Or Longer | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By ALAN FRAM – Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is heading for “a lot of unnecessary loss of life,” the Biden administration says, if Congress fails to provide billions more dollars to prepare for the next wave of the pandemic. . Yet the quest for that money is in limbo, the latest … Read more

Block of COVID funds endangers the life of the United States, says the White House | Health, Medicine and Fitness

By ALAN FRAM – Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is heading for “a lot of needless loss of life,” the Biden administration says, if Congress fails to provide billions more dollars to prepare for the next wave of the pandemic. . Yet the quest for that money is in limbo, the latest … Read more