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Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine showed 96% efficacy in kids ages 12 to 17 in the phase II/III TeenCOVE study, and with no safety concerns, the company announced in its first quarter earnings statement.
But a new survey found that only 29% of parents would rush to get their child vaccinated immediately, with another 32% taking a wait-and-see approach. (CNN)
Pfizer/BioNTech requested full approval for its COVID vaccine, which requires 6 months of safety and efficacy data. (NBC News)
As of 8:00 a.m. ET on Friday, the unofficial COVID-19 toll in the U.S. reached 32,605,487 cases and 580,063 deaths — up 47,421 and 783 respectively, since this time yesterday.
And while the global death count for COVID-19 currently stands at 3.2 million, the actual total may be closer to 7 million, according to a report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
EU leaders are divided over whether to waive patents on COVID vaccines. (Reuters)
The U.S. has administered 252 million vaccine doses as of Thursday, with 57% of adults having received a first shot and 42% fully vaccinated, according to the latest CDC data.
But could pockets of the country lagging in vaccinations become breeding-grounds for variants? (Politico)
Sesame Street is doing their part to educate on vaccines. (New York Times)
Though fully vaccinated, infectious disease expert and Rutgers University professor Rajendra Kapila, MD, passed away 3 weeks after testing positive for COVID while helping his family in India. (ABC News)
Russia approved a single-dose version of its Sputnik V vaccine. (AP)
If you get COVID or any other illness at the Magic Kingdom, Disney (via AdventHealth) has you covered.
Before the Olympics are set to kick off July 23, Tokyo extended its state of emergency through the end of May in hopes of curbing cases, but calls to cancel the games are only growing. (Reuters, Bloomberg)
A G7 meeting in London was hit with a COVID scare after two Indian delegation members tested positive. (Reuters)
Roughly 750 bodies still lay in refrigerated trucks at Brooklyn’s 39th Street Pier. (The City)
In other news:
- U.S. schools are starting to place a new focus on student’s mental health. (Reuters)
- A new Gallup survey found one in six adults stay at a job they’re unhappy with solely for health benefits.
- Nearly a week after its cyberattack, Scripps Health is still dealing with the fallout, including zero access to patient records. (NBC San Diego)
- FDA said it plans to look into “healthy” claims on food product labels.
- The family of musician Chris Cornell, who died by suicide in 2017, reached a closed settlement in the malpractice lawsuit against the physician they said was prescribing him “dangerous” and “mind-altering” medications. (E! News)
Last Updated May 07, 2021