The highly unusual move by the head of the CDC capped off weeks off tense debates in the US over who should qualify for COVID-19 booster shots.
The emergency authorization will allow a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be given to people over 65, healthcare workers, and others at high risk of severe COVID-19.
The new US international travel guidelines will start in November and will require testing, contact tracing information, and masking requirements, as well as full vaccinations.
The FDA will soon analyze the data on the lower-dose vaccine for kids aged 5 to 11.
After Tense Fights, An FDA Panel Said Pfizer Boosters Should Go To Older Adults And Others At High Risk
The advisory panel of outside health experts recommended that a third dose of the Pfizer vaccine be authorized for people over 65 and those at high risk, rejecting the benefit for the general population.
Florida's hospitals are filling up as the Delta variant ravages the state, where less than half the population is fully vaccinated.
Other fully vaccinated people do not require a third dose at this time, the agency said.
“To have the Office of National Drug Control Policy talking about ‘harm reduction’ is important,” said one public health expert. “I remember when you couldn’t say those words there.”
A Cape Cod COVID Outbreak Shows The Delta Variant May Be Even More Infectious Than We Thought, The CDC Says
The Delta variant outbreak among vaccinated beachgoers in Cape Cod was “a pivotal discovery” leading to new mask recommendations, said CDC chief Rochelle Walensky.
The CDC Has Changed Its Mask Guidance — Again — To Say Vaccinated People Should Mask Up In Places With Delta Outbreaks
“The unvaccinated, by choice, are a threat to public health at this point,” said one ICU doctor.
Atlantic City Is Just The Latest Place To Shut Down Its Needle Exchange Amid A Deadly Rise In US Overdose Deaths
The move comes as overdose deaths have jumped nearly 30% nationwide and HIV outbreaks have been reported among people who use injection drugs.
“We have built a house of cards to live in, and the pandemic was a wind that just blew the house down,” said one expert.
The Richest Man In The World Just Strapped Himself To A Highly Explosive Can And Launched Into Space
More than 93,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2020. “We are in an enduring crisis that is still going on. We are still right in the middle of it,” said one expert.
Tennessee's Fired Vaccine Chief Called The State's New Rule Barring Vaccine Outreach To Teens "Toxic Leadership"
“We have a legislature filled with people who are not scientists and not healthcare providers who have their own crazy ideas about vaccines," Michelle Fiscus, Tennessee's top vaccine official until she was fired on Monday, told BuzzFeed News.
Anthony Fauci And Deborah Birx Warned Top Officials About The “Dangers” Of Scott Atlas Last Summer, Emails Show
“I am more convinced than ever the dangers of Dr. Atlas’ views on the pandemic,” Birx wrote in an August 2020 email to Fauci and others.
In the US, 99.5% of COVID-19 deaths are now among people who are unvaccinated.
A CDC Investigation Says West Virginia Needs Needle Exchanges — Which The State Outlawed — To Stop Its HIV Outbreak
A CDC investigation obtained by BuzzFeed News shows “low-barrier” needle exchanges are needed to stop an HIV outbreak in West Virginia. “There's a lot of suffering documented in this,” one expert said.
Secret intelligence reports are offering up answers to three big scientific mysteries — but the speculation doesn't always square up with science.
“I think it's certainly consistent with an attempt to hide the sequences,” said the researcher, whose internet sleuthing has uncovered 13 genetic sequences from early in the outbreak in Wuhan, China.