Moderna Vax Safe in Kids; Russia’s COVID Crisis Deepens; More Infectious Bird Flu?
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Moderna said a lower dose of its COVID-19 vaccine generated strong immune responses and was safe in children ages 6-11 years.
The company also announced plans to supply 110 million vaccine doses to the African Union, in a deal brokered in part by the White House.
Russia endured its highest single-day COVID caseload of the pandemic as deaths continue to surge; some regions have imposed workplace shutdowns. (Reuters)
Kids at a Toronto elementary school were asked not to speak while eating lunch to slow the spread of the virus. (CTV News)
As of Tuesday at 8 a.m. EDT, the unofficial U.S. COVID toll was 45,546,609 cases and 737,371 deaths, increases of 101,830 cases and 1,430 deaths versus this time a day ago.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) plans to offer unvaccinated out-of-state police officers $5,000 to relocate and join the force there. (Washington Post)
Meanwhile, the state’s nominee for surgeon general, Joseph Ladapo, MD, has remained mum on his vaccination status. (Politico)
In neighboring Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey (R) issued an executive order saying state officials should not penalize businesses or people who ignore federal vaccine mandates. (Washington Post)
NIH is spending $70 million in part to help COVID test makers navigate the regulatory process to enhance rapid at-home testing, per a Biden administration plan.
“Enjoy your trick-or-treating,” says CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, encouraging Americans to celebrate Halloween this coming weekend. (Politico)
Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto urged viewers to get vaccinated; Cavuto, who has multiple sclerosis and has been treated for cancer, said vaccination helped him survive a breakthrough case. (Washington Post)
Greenhouse gas emissions set a record, with CO2 levels reaching 413.2 parts per million last year, according to a new U.N. report that says the world remains “off target” for curbing emissions. (AP)
Not helping: Six times more natural gas is leaking in Boston than is officially reported, a study in PNAS found.
Bird flu cases have increased in China this year, with experts saying a previously circulating strain appears to have changed and may be more infectious. (Reuters)
A Georgia Man spent $57,000 on a Pokémon card after securing an $85,000 pandemic business loan last year. (AP)
The FDA announced results of a year-long study testing for asbestos in talc-containing cosmetic products, reporting that all 50 samples were negative for the carcinogen.
Last Updated October 26, 2021