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Coronavirus

EXPLAINER: What to know about vaccines for kids aged 5-11

November 5, 2021

By Lauran Neergaard ASSOCIATED PRESS Vaccinations finally are available to U.S. children as young as 5, to the relief of some parents even as others have questions or fears. Late Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave the final OK for youngsters age 5 to 11 to get kid-size doses of the vaccine…

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EXPLAINER: Is it time to get a COVID-19 booster? Which one?

October 29, 2021

By Lauran Neergaard and Mike Stobbe ASSOCIATED  PRESS  Millions more Americans just became eligible for COVID-19 boosters but figuring out who’s eligible and when can be confusing — and adding to the challenge is that this time around, people can get a different type of vaccine for that extra dose. A number of factors, including…

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Oct 26 is final day to request a mail-in ballot to vote in Pennsylvania, see list of drop boxes throughout Philadelphia

October 26, 2021

City Commissioner Omar Sabir hosted a nonpartisan GOTV drive and rally to bring attention to the final day to request a mail-in ballot in Pennsylvania. This event was held at the newly installed Ballot Drop Box outside of Shepard Recreation Center at 5700 Haverford Ave. Commissioner Sabir will be supported and joined by:  -City Councilmember Curtis…

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FDA OKs mixing COVID vaccines; backs Moderna, J&J boosters

October 21, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: In this March 2021 photo provided by Pfizer, vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech By MATTHEW PERRONE and LAURAN NEERGAARD WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators on Wednesday signed off on extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and said anyone eligible for an extra dose can get a…

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FDA panel endorses booster shot for J&J COVID-19 vaccine

October 15, 2021

By MATTHEW PERRONE and LAURAN NEERGAARD WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health advisers endorsed a booster of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine Friday, citing growing worry that Americans who got the single-dose shot aren’t as protected as those given two-dose brands. Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration weighed J&J’s proposal for a flexible booster schedule….

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More than 120,000 US kids had caregivers die during pandemic

October 15, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Zavion Guzman hugs his sister Jazzmyn while playing Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Belleville, N.J. Lunisol Guzman adopted the two as babies but died last year from COVID-19 along with her partner at the start of the violent first wave of the pandemic in the U.S. Northeast. The children’s older sisters now care…

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Merck asks US FDA to authorize promising anti-COVID pill

October 15, 2021

By Matthew Perrone ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — Drugmaker Merck asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its pill against COVID-19 in what would add an entirely new and easy-to-use weapon to the world’s arsenal against the pandemic. If cleared by the Food and Drug Administration — a decision that could come in a matter of weeks…

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Merck asks US FDA to authorize promising anti-COVID pill

October 11, 2021

This undated image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication. The drugmaker has said its experimental pill for people sick with COVID-19 reduced hospitalizations and deaths. (Merck & Co. via AP) By MATTHEW PERRONE WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker Merck asked U.S. regulators Monday to authorize its pill against COVID-19 in what would…

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South Africa’s vaccine train takes doses to poor areas

September 30, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Siboniso Nene, head of the vaccination program, briefs people who came for the COVID-19 vaccination at the Swartkops railroad yard outside Gqeberha, South Africa, Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021. South Africa has sent a train carrying COVID-19 vaccines into one of its poorest provinces to get doses to areas where healthcare facilities are stretched….

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Department of Health, physicians answer questions about COVID-19 vaccine in new educational video

September 30, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Inserts – Dr. Paul Offit (Photo/chop.edu)  and Dr. Denise A. Johnson (Photo/prnewswire.com) Pennsylvania Department of Health Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia director of the Vaccine Education Center and professor of pediatrics Dr. Paul Offit developed a video resource for Pennsylvanians answering questions about vaccine safety. Anyone can…

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