U.K. Approves Covid Booster Vaccine That Targets Two Variants

The vaccine, which has been approved for adults, generated a strong immune response against both the original virus and the Omicron variant.

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Biden Administration Plans to Offer Updated Booster Shots in September

With reformulated shots from Pfizer and Moderna on the horizon, the F.D.A. has decided that Americans under 50 should wait to receive second boosters.

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Vaccines for Young Children Are Coming, but Many Parents Have Tough Questions

The vaccines seem safe for children and are likely to protect against severe illness. But data on efficacy are thin, and most children have already been infected.

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F.D.A. Authorizes Moderna and Pfizer Covid Vaccines for Youngest Children

A recommendation from the C.D.C. director would be the final step before doses are rolled out for the roughly 20 million children under the age of 5.

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A Better Way to Measure Immunity in Children

Some scientists believe that a clearer picture of Covid vaccine efficacy could have emerged sooner if investigators had tracked certain immune cells, not just antibodies.

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Relief for Parents

Covid vaccines for young children are finally coming.

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F.D.A. Panel Recommends Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines for Youngest Children

States have already ordered millions of doses; if the agency authorizes them in the coming days, babies, toddlers and preschoolers could start receiving shots next week.

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Pfizer Vaccine Effective in Children Under 5, the F.D.A. Says

Outside experts will make their recommendations this week on how the agency should rule on applications from Pfizer and Moderna to vaccinate the nation’s youngest children.

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Moderna’s Covid Vaccine Is Effective in Children Under 6, F.D.A. Says

Outside experts will meet next week to decide whether to recommend that the agency authorize the vaccine for kids 6 months and older.

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Revised Moderna Vaccine Works Better Against Omicron, Trial Suggests

The findings indicate that the updated vaccine produced a significantly stronger immune response against Omicron, but it is unclear how it will fare against future versions of the virus.

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The Covid Pandemic Still Isn’t Over. So What Now?

Reinfection may become the norm even for people who have received several vaccine doses.

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How to Separate Parents From Their Money

It takes just a kid and an app.

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F.D.A. Sets Aside June for Potential Decisions on Vaccines for Children Under 5

Both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech have asked the agency to approve their vaccines for the youngest children.

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Did Faulty Assumptions Dash Parents’ Hope for an Under-5 Vaccine?

The under-5 Covid vaccine should be approved.

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F.D.A. Panel Weighs Challenges of Revamping Covid Vaccines for Fall

A meeting of the committee underscored how many uncertainties lie ahead, including whether a vaccine that works better against variants can be ready by fall.

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F.D.A. Allows Second Coronavirus Boosters for Everyone 50 and Older

People in the age group can get the additional shot at least four months after their first booster. Those 12 and older with certain immune deficiencies are also eligible.

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Getting Covid Shots in the Littlest Arms Might Not Be That Easy

Authorization is one step; it’ll take time to resolve confusion and hesitancy.

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Biden Administration Likely to Offer Older Americans Second Booster Shots

Federal officials appear to be coalescing around a plan to offer people 65 and older — and possibly some younger adults — the option of another booster, in case infections surge again soon.

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The J.&J. Vaccine Holds Its Own as Virus Data Grows

Once dismissed as less effective, the vaccine now seems to be preventing infections and illness about as well as the two mRNA options.

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Which Coronavirus Vaccine Will Work in the Youngest Children?

Moderna is going head-to-head with Pfizer-BioNTech for the opportunity to vaccinate the youngest children, the only Americans still not eligible for shots.

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New Vaccine Findings Pose Tough Questions for Parents of Young Children

The F.D.A. temporarily halted efforts to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for young children amid several unexpected findings. The coming weeks should bring clarity.

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Will Adults Need a Fourth Dose of Covid Vaccine? It’s Too Soon to Know.

A Food and Drug Administration official said the best time for an additional shot may be fall, when the spread of the coronavirus is expected to pick up again

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Beneath a Covid Vaccine Debacle, 30 Years of Government Culpability

Washington has rejected plans to revamp vaccine preparedness for decades and repeatedly paid a price. The Biden administration is at a similar crossroads.

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Moderna Says Its Booster Significantly Raises Antibodies Against Omicron

A 50-microgram dose increased antibodies by roughly 37-fold, and a full dose of 100 micrograms was even more powerful, the company said.

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As Omicron Worries Revive, Stocks and Oil Fall

Wall Street’s unease continued after Moderna’s chief executive said there could be a “material drop” in the effectiveness of current vaccines against the new variant.

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We Got a Head Start on Omicron, So Let’s Not Blow It

South Africa gave the world an early warning. Decisive action on containment and surveillance could help us control it.

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F.D.A. Authorizes Coronavirus Booster Shots for All Adults

If the C.D.C. agrees, adults who received a second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago could be eligible by this weekend.

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Biden Administration Plans to Expand Covid Vaccine Production

The Biden administration will spend billions of dollars on a new plan to combat the pandemic, investing in antiviral pills, rapid tests and manufacturing.

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Moderna and U.S. at Odds Over Vaccine Patent Rights

Moderna’s patent application names several employees as the sole inventors of a crucial component of its coronavirus vaccine, excluding three government scientists.

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Covid-19 and Children: How Often Do Vaccines Cause Heart Problems?

The latest data is reassuring. Myocarditis remains very uncommon, and it is almost always mild and temporary. The heart risk from Covid-19 itself is far greater.

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Moderna to Sell Up to 110 Million Covid Vaccine Doses to African Countries

Moderna’s shots have previously gone almost entirely to wealthier countries.

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Moderna Says Vaccine Produces Powerful Immune Response in Those 6 Through 11

The results were announced a day before an advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration is scheduled to review data for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in children 5 through 11.

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Are Vaccine Boosters Widely Needed? Some Federal Advisers Have Misgivings.

“In our hearts, I think people don’t quite agree with this notion of a booster dose,” said one leading vaccine expert.

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C.D.C. Recommends Covid Booster Shots for Millions of Americans

Recipients of the Moderna and the J.&J. vaccines may receive extra doses, although the shots continue to prevent illness and death.

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F.D.A. Authorizes Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Booster Shots

The agency will also allow vaccine recipients to pick which vaccine they want as a booster, endorsing a mix-and-match approach.

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Mix-and-Match Covid Boosters: Why They Just Might Work

The F.D.A. may authorize booster shots of vaccines different from the ones that Americans originally received. The science behind the move is promising.

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F.D.A. to Allow ‘Mix and Match’ Approach for Covid Booster Shots

The agency may act this week, when it is expected to authorize booster shots for recipients of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

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F.D.A. Panel Unanimously Recommends Johnson & Johnson Booster Shots

But many panel members said J. & J. recipients might also benefit from the option of a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster, an action that an F.D.A. official said was possible.

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Where Things Stand on Boosters for Three Vaccines in the U.S.

Confused about who can get a booster shot of which vaccine, and what the F.D.A.’s advisers on vaccines are voting on this week? This scorecard may help.

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F.D.A. Panel Recommends Moderna Booster for Certain Groups

Those eligible for the extra shot would include adults over 65 and others at high risk — the same groups now eligible for a Pfizer-BioNTech boost

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Data from Federal Scientists Raise Questions About J.&J. Booster Shots

People who have received the company’s one-shot vaccine may benefit from a booster with another brand. F.D.A. advisers will discuss the data on Friday.

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Should Gifted Students Be in Separate Classes?

The debate over gifted-and-talented programs. Also: Moderna’s chairman responds; “illiberal democracy” in Hungary – and the U.S.?

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Moderna, Racing for Profits, Keeps Covid Vaccine Out of Reach of Poor

Some poorer countries are paying more and waiting longer for the company’s vaccine than the wealthy — if they have access at all.

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Moderna vs. Pfizer: Both Knockouts, but One Seems to Have the Edge

A series of studies found that the Moderna vaccine seemed to be more protective over the long term than the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Here’s why.

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Pressure Grows on U.S. Companies to Share Covid Vaccine Technology

Moderna accepted $2.5 billion in taxpayer money to develop its Covid-19 vaccine. But officials in the U.S. and overseas are having trouble persuading the company to license its technology.

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Covid Vaccine Prompts Strong Immune Response in Younger Children, Pfizer Says

Vaccinated kids aged 5 to 11 showed evidence of protection against the virus, the company said. The data must be reviewed by the F.D.A. before children can be inoculated.

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F.D.A. Panel Recommends Pfizer Boosters for Those Over 65 or at Risk

The committee said there was insufficient evidence to recommend third shots for all adult recipients of the vaccine, as Pfizer had requested.

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U.S. Booster Policy Is in Flux as Studies Add to Dissent

A week before President Biden’s plan is to roll out, scientists are at odds about whether extra coronavirus shots are needed and for whom.

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In Review, Top F.D.A. Scientists Question Imminent Need for Booster Shots

An article, written with other vaccine experts, put the regulators at odds with key federal health officials, including Dr. Anthony S. Fauci.

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Are Covid Booster Shots Really Necessary?

As rich countries ponder the marginal utility of third doses, billions of people around the world are still waiting for their first.

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