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Physician's Briefing Weekly Coronavirus Roundup

Friday, September 17, 2021

Parents Increasingly Cite Safety Concerns in HPV Vaccine Refusal

Despite 79.9 percent increase in parent-reported safety concerns, there was a drop in HPV vaccine-related reported adverse reactions


Friday, September 17, 2021

FDA Advisory Panel to Hold Meeting Today on COVID-19 Booster Shots

Advisory panel will review a variety of evidence, including new data from Israel


Friday, September 17, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose Cuts Infection in Those 60 and Older

Large Israeli study shows reduction in confirmed infection and severe illness among adults 60 years of age and older


Friday, September 17, 2021

Government Buys More Monoclonal Antibody Treatments to Ward Off Shortage

Biden administration has also taken over distributing the therapeutics to help avoid shortages and to ensure equitable distribution


Thursday, September 16, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines Prevent Hospitalizations in High-Risk Populations

Estimates of vaccine effectiveness high for adults aged 85 years and older, those with chronic medical conditions, and for Hispanic, Black adults


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Discussed

Vaccine efficacy substantially higher against severe disease than against infection; no evidence seen for declining protection against severe disease


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Under 12 Could Come This Fall: Fauci

Vaccines could be authorized by the FDA this fall for children ages 5 to 11 years


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Vaccine Effectiveness High for Preventing COVID-19 Hospitalization

Two studies show vaccine effectiveness is lower for ≥75s, but remains high among veteran population during delta predominance


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Administrative Tasks Pose Burden for Patients in the United States

Substantial number of patients report delayed or forgone care due to an administrative task


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Effectiveness Changing With Delta Predominance

Vaccine protection against SARS-CoV-2 infection declined; protection remained higher against hospitalization, death


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Israeli Data on Booster Shots to Be Published This Week in Major Journal

Data scheduled to be published in New England Journal of Medicine, ahead of FDA advisory panel meeting


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

U.K. Approves COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 12+

Approval is part of a 'tool kit' to avoid lockdowns this fall and winter


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Los Angeles Is First Major School District to Mandate Vaccines for Students 12+

Teachers union supports the vaccine mandate and continues to ask for aggressive quarantines for those exposed to the virus


Friday, September 10, 2021

Biden Issues Tough New Vaccine Mandates Affecting Millions of U.S. Workers

As vaccinations are controlled by individual states, White House does not have the power to compel all Americans to get the shots


Friday, September 10, 2021

Biden to Strengthen Push for Vaccine Mandates in New COVID-19 Plan

The new plan involves six steps, according to White House press secretary


Thursday, September 9, 2021

Mental Health Improved Following First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

Adults receiving the vaccine between December 2020 and March 2021 reported decreased mental distress following first dose


Thursday, September 9, 2021

SARS-CoV-2-Positive Household Members Up Infection Risk for HCWs

Exposure to positive household members linked to increased risk for infection for vaccinated health care workers


Thursday, September 9, 2021

U.S. COVID-19 Cases Now Top 40 Million

COVID-19 has roared back during a summer that began with Americans hopeful that the worst was behind them


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Baricitinib Does Not Cut COVID-19 Progression in Hospitalized Adults

But placebo-controlled trial shows lower all-cause mortality at 28 days and 60 days in patients receiving baricitinib plus standard of care


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Health Care Disproportionately Spent on White Americans

White Americans benefit from greater than average spending on preventive care versus non-White populations


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

New COVID-19 Cases, ED Visits Up for Children Since July 2021

Second study shows increase in COVID-19-associated hospitalization rates since delta strain became predominant in U.S.


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Which Cancer Patients Need a COVID-19 Booster Shot Most?

NCCN guidance says several groups should be considered eligible immediately for a third dose of either of the mRNA vaccines


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Journal Editors Call for Action to Curb Rising Global Temperatures

Risks to health and the environment include heat-related morbidity and decline in global yield potential for crops


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

AAP Updates Recommendations for Influenza Vaccination in Children

Influenza vaccination recommended for all children age 6 months and up; no product preferred over another


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Interim Data Show No Increase in Serious Outcomes Post-COVID-19 Vaccination

Incidence of ischemic stroke, appendicitis, or acute myocardial infarction not increased one to 21 days after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination


Tuesday, September 7, 2021

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Friday, September 3, 2021

Pfizer to Ship Smaller Packages of COVID-19 Vaccine to Cut Waste, Boost Uptake

CDC says smaller packages of the vaccine may be available by October


Friday, September 3, 2021

Teen Vaccine Coverage Mainly Remained Stable in 2020

Coverage with Tdap and MenACWY remained stable from 2019; HPV vaccination increased from 2019


Friday, September 3, 2021

Current Guidelines May Lead to Antibiotic Overuse for SARS-CoV-2 Pneumonia

Bacterial superinfection at time of intubation occurred in <25 percent of patients; reduced antibiotic use seen with bronchoalveolar lavage-based management versus current guidelines


Friday, September 3, 2021

Myocarditis After COVID-19 Vaccination May Resolve Quickly for Youth

However, the long-term effects of myocarditis in children associated with COVID-19 vaccination are unknown


Friday, September 3, 2021

FDA Advisory Panel Set to Meet on COVID-19 Booster Shots

Public session could add clarity or controversy to what some feel has been a confusing decision-making process


Thursday, September 2, 2021

Stop Use of Ivermectin for COVID-19: AMA, Pharmacist Groups

No form of ivermectin has been approved to treat or prevent COVID-19


Thursday, September 2, 2021

15 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Wasted in U.S. Since March 1

Reasons why doses may be marked as wasted include a cracked vial, an error diluting the vaccine, a freezer malfunction


Thursday, September 2, 2021

Odds of COVID-19 Hospitalization Lower After Vaccination

Compared with infected unvaccinated individuals, infected vaccinated individuals report almost all symptoms less frequently


Thursday, September 2, 2021

Teachers Not at Increased Risk for Hospital Admission for COVID-19

Risk for hospital admission, severe COVID-19 not increased when schools in Scotland opened in autumn 2020 and in summer 2021


Thursday, September 2, 2021

9.7 Percent of All U.S. Persons Uninsured in 2020

Slight decrease seen from 2019, but difference was not significant; 13.9 percent of adults and 5.1 percent of children uninsured in 2020


Thursday, September 2, 2021

Another HIV Vaccine Trial Canceled Due to Poor Results

Cancellation is the latest in a string of failures for HIV vaccine research


Thursday, September 2, 2021

U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Climb in August

Only 20 percent of American adults now say they will not get immunized, the lowest number ever


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

CDC: Unvaccinated Should Not Travel This Labor Day Weekend

Agency urges fully vaccinated people to travel with precautions, take infection risk into consideration


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Most Highly Allergic People Can Be Safely Immunized Against COVID-19

Algorithm enables immunization of most individuals, with 0.7 percent developing anaphylactic reaction after one BNT162b2 dose


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

42.4 Percent of U.S. Teens Have Received at Least One COVID-19 Shot

Vaccination coverages vary by state, with rates of one dose or more ranging from from 20.2 percent in Mississippi to 70.1 percent in Vermont


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy May Cut COVID-19 Hospitalizations

Lower hospitalization rates seen at 14, 21, 28 days for high-risk patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who received casirivimab-imdevimab


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

CDC Recommendations for Influenza Vaccination Updated for 2021-2022

ACIP makes no preferential recommendation when more than one licensed, recommended vaccine is available


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Prescriptions Rise for Veterinary Drug for COVID-19 Patients

Increase in demand for ivermectin has been accompanied by a fivefold increase in calls to poison control centers


Monday, August 30, 2021

High Demand for At-Home COVID-19 Tests Could Hamper Supply, Abbott Says

Sales have skyrocketed due to the surge in cases driven by the highly transmissible delta variant


Monday, August 30, 2021

Daily Average of COVID-19 Hospitalizations in U.S. Hits 100,000

COVID-19 deaths have also risen to an average of more than 1,000 a day for the first time since March


Monday, August 30, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Up for Racial, Ethnic Minority HCWs

Vaccine hesitancy highest among Black and Hispanic or Latino health care workers; concerns include side effects, newness of vaccine


Monday, August 30, 2021

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Half of American Workers Support COVID-19 Vaccination, Mask Mandates in Workplace

Poll was conducted before the FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine


Friday, August 27, 2021

Adverse Events Associated With BNT162b2 Vaccination ID'd

Vaccination not associated with elevated risk for most of the adverse events examined; association found with increased risk for myocarditis, but risk higher in association with SARS-CoV-2 infection


Friday, August 27, 2021

Moderna Readies for Full Vaccine Approval, as Pfizer Submits Data on Booster Shot

Right now, Moderna vaccine only authorized for emergency use in Americans 18+ years; Pfizer boosters available to immunocompromised


Thursday, August 26, 2021

SARS-CoV-2 Shot Continues to Prevent Infection, Hospitalization With Delta Variant

SARS-CoV-2 infection rate and hospitalization rate 4.9 and 29.2 times higher for unvaccinated versus fully vaccinated persons


Thursday, August 26, 2021

SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Effectiveness 66 Percent During Delta Predominance

Vaccine effectiveness for all three vaccines decreased from 91 percent in months preceding delta predominance


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

J&J Says Booster Shot Ups Immune Response to COVID-19

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was not part of the government's initial booster plan, announced last week


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Pentagon Says Troops Must Start Lining Up Now for COVID-19 Shots

The Pfizer vaccine will be added to the list of required shots for U.S. troops


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

1990 to 2019 Saw Doubling of Number of People With Hypertension

Treatment and control rates vary, with largest improvements in high-income countries, some upper-middle-income countries


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Risk for Bell Palsy Up 42 Days After First Dose of CoronaVac

Hong Kong study shows small increased risk after Sinovac Biotech vaccine, but no significantly increased risk after BNT162b2 vaccine


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies ID'd in Breast Milk of Vaccinated Lactating Women

After the second dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, breast milk levels of IgG(S1) increased and correlated with corresponding serum levels


Wednesday, August 25, 2021

FDA Warns Against 'Off-Label' Use of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine in Younger Children

Adult vaccine dose is much higher than doses being tested in younger children


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

No Benefit Found for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma in High-Risk Outpatients

Disease progression was not reduced with convalescent plasma for outpatients aged 50 years or older with one or more risk factors


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Israeli Study Shows Pfizer Booster Gives Seniors Big Rise in Immunity

Israel approved booster shots for people aged 60 years and older late last month; the government lowered the age of eligibility to 40 years last week


Monday, August 23, 2021

Pentagon to Make COVID-19 Vaccination Mandatory for Military

Officials are preparing to issue guidance to require vaccination, although no exact timeline has been given


Monday, August 23, 2021

Stop Using Ivermectin Veterinary Drug to Treat COVID-19, FDA Urges

No form of ivermectin has been approved to treat or prevent COVID-19, the agency emphasized


Monday, August 23, 2021

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Receives Full FDA Approval

Prescribing information includes warning about risks for myocarditis and pericarditis, particularly in men younger than 40 years


Monday, August 23, 2021


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