Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine Receives FDA EUA for Ages 12 to 17

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Novamax Inc. announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted its COVID-19 vaccine, NVX-CoV2373, emergency usage authorization (EUA) for youth ages 12 to 17 on Friday. Last month, the company received emergency approval for adults 18 and older. FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, M.D. said: “Authorizing an additional COVID-19 vaccine expands the available options […]

New Study Suggests Booster Shots Are Important

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A new study suggests that it is important to receive the COVID-19 booster shot to help stave off major infection. The new Omicron subvariant has proven to be able to evade the body’s immune response to previous infection or the vaccine. This is why getting a booster is important, say scientists. Doing so generates enough […]

FDA Approves New COVID Vaccine

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new two-dose COVID vaccine called Novavax. This injection is based more on conventional protein technology used for decades in HPV and hepatitis B vaccines. The FDA authorized the new shots on July 13, 2022. When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020, Novavx was one of the […]

Omicron Subvariant Becomes Dominant in the US

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A new omicron subvariant (BA.5) has become dominant in the United States. As of Saturday, the subvariant accounts for roughly 54% of the nation’s COVID-19 infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Omicron’s subvariant BA.4 makes up 17% more of the country’s infections. COVID-19 has been a pain for humankind since […]

Omicron Subvariants Escape Antibody Responses

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New data shows that the omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 appear to escape antibody responses among those who have had COVID-19 and people who have been fully vaccinated and boosted. Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center of Harvard Medical School are the ones to release the alarming data. Experts still expect COVID-19 vaccines to […]

Living With COVID Is Not Easy

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Living with COVID-19 is not easy. It all started a week ago when this fully vaccinated columnist woke at 4:30 a.m. feeling like utter crap. She felt like she was in the Antarctic on an ice cube wearing summertime gear. No matter how much she tried she could not get warm. Her head felt like […]

COVID Cases Increase Nearly 10% in Illinois

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COVID-19 cases have risen nearly 10% in Illinois over the past seven days. The state’s new daily case average is around 1,272, according to the data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. These numbers represent probable and confirmed cases. Over a week ago the daily cases were averaging 1,157. On April 4, 2022, Illinois […]

Cook County Joins Chicago in Requiring Proof of Vaccinations

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Cook County will be joining Chicago in requiring proof of vaccination for indoor public spaces like gyms, restaurants, and bars. Officials announced this new rule on Thursday. The mitigation aligns with the city’s mandate both of which begin on January 3. Cook County Department of Public Health co-lead and senior medical officer, Dr. Rachel Rubin, […]

CDC Advisers Recommend Pfizer and Moderna Over J&J Vaccines

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advisory panel have recommended that people should not get the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine if the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech shots are available. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices announced its recommendations after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the J&J vaccine has been linked to a […]

COVID-19 Cases Are on the Rise in Illinois

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Over the past week, Chicago and the state of Illinois have seen a 20% rise in COVID-19 cases. For several months, these cases had dropped. However, the Delta Variant surge over the summertime caused an increase in cases. The Illinois Department of Public Health has released data showing 2,561 new COVID-19 cases each day over […]