Pfizer and BioNTech said Tuesday that they have submitted initial data to the Food and Drug Administration from their vaccine trial on children between 5 and 11 years old.
They also plan to make submissions to the European Medicines Agency and regulatory authorities in other countries.
However, infections are climbing among children as parents and schools await more data and information before vaccinating young children.
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An Arizona judge voided the state’s ban on school mask mandates, in a victory for local officials who have defied Republican efforts to block such requirements around the country.
A federal appeals court made way for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) to implement a vaccine mandate for all school employees, ruling against four educators who had sued to stop it. Thousands of unvaccinated hospital employees in New York could lose their jobs with a statewide vaccine mandate.
A bipartisan alliance is calling on Congress and the Biden administration to strengthen the care — and payment for care — of Americans suffering from long covid, a syndrome that remains only partly understood.
In a 21-page interim report, the alliance also urges the federal agency that oversees Medicare and Medicaid to take a series of steps to help pay for long-covid treatment and better coordinate such care. Private Medicare health plans, for instance, should add long covid to a set of severe chronic conditions for which patients need special care, the report says.
In February, the National Institutes of Health launched a $1.15 billion initiative over four years for clinical research into long covid. The alliance says other kinds of research is also needed. It urges HHS to conduct a national survey to help understand how common long covid is, the characteristics of people who get it, and whether they have health insurance and access to workers’ compensation if they are too sick to work. It also recommends grants for organizations to develop long-covid registries.