FDA says benefits outweigh risks for Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children

23 October 2021, 7:45 AM
Scientists at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Friday that the likely benefits of giving the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to 5 to 11-year-olds clearly outweigh the risks of rare cases of heart inflammation.
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CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 23 October 2021, 6:15 AM

South Africa has reported 517 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 918 883. A further 56 COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported, bringing total fatalities to 88 891 to date.

COVID-19 vaccines not linked to pregnancy loss; mixing vaccines may confer greater protection 23 October 2021, 12:11 AM

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that have yet to be certified by peer review.

SA reports 517 new COVID-19 cases, 88 891 deaths 22 October 2021, 8:32 PM

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), has on Friday reported 517 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 918 883.

Rhodes University makes COVID-19 vaccination mandatory 22 October 2021, 12:34 PM

Rhodes University in Makhanda, Eastern Cape, has now made COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory in order to allow all staff and students back on campus for the next academic year.

US CDC advisers back Moderna, J&J COVID-19 vaccine boosters, mix-and-match shots 22 October 2021, 3:08 AM

A panel of advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday unanimously backed COVID-19 vaccine boosters for recipients of the Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson shots, and said Americans can choose a different shot from their original inoculation as a booster.

Pfizer, BioNTech report high efficacy of COVID-19 booster shot in study 21 October 2021, 11:30 PM

Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE on Thursday said data from a Phase III trial demonstrated high efficacy of a booster dose of their COVID-19 vaccine against the virus, including the Delta variant.

South Korean president vows ‘Korea space age’ after rocket test falters 21 October 2021, 5:25 PM

South Korea's first domestically built space rocket blasted off on Thursday but failed to fully place a dummy satellite into orbit, delivering mixed results for a test launch that represents a major leap for the country's ambitious space plans.

Pfizer vaccine very effective against Delta variant in adolescents in Israel: Study 21 October 2021, 12:07 PM

The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective at preventing infection and symptomatic disease from the Delta variant among 12- to 18-year-olds, research conducted in Israel shows.

Rejection of Sputnik V vaccine by SAHPRA will not impact on vaccination roll-out: SAMA 21 October 2021, 10:52 AM

South African Medical Association (SAMA) says the rejection of Sputnik V vaccine for COVID-19 application will not have an impact on the country's vaccination roll-out programme.

EU decision on Russia’s Sputnik V shot ‘impossible’ this year: Source 21 October 2021, 10:18 AM

The EU drug regulator is unlikely to decide whether to approve Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine until at least the first quarter of 2022 because some data needed for the review is still missing, a source with knowledge of the matter said.

South Korea prepares to launch first domestically produced space rocket 21 October 2021, 9:11 AM

South Korea is scheduled to conduct its first test launch into the space of a domestically-built rocket on Thursday in a major step toward jumpstarting the country’s space programme.

US FDA clears Moderna and J&J boosters, backs ‘mix-and-match’ strategy 21 October 2021, 12:01 AM

The US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorised booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson, and said Americans can choose a different shot than their original inoculation as a booster.

Only very old and sick die of COVID if vaccinated: Italian study 20 October 2021, 6:47 PM

People vaccinated against COVID-19 are highly unlikely to die of the disease unless very old and already badly ill before getting it, a study in Italy showed on Wednesday.

Health Department reassures public vaccines are safe for younger children 20 October 2021, 9:13 AM

The Health Department is adamant that its decision to vaccinate children aged between 12 and 17 is within the law, saying it's concerned that members of the public are blowing their fears out of proportion.

Law can be used to persuade people to take COVID-19 vaccine: Justice Cameron 20 October 2021, 6:00 AM

Retired Justice of the Constitutional Court, Justice Edwin Cameron, says the law can be used to persuade those who are hesitant to take a COVID-19 vaccine.

Facebook plans to change its name – The Verge 20 October 2021, 5:21 AM

Social media giant Facebook Inc is planning to rebrand itself with a new name next week to reflect its focus on building the metaverse, the Verge reported on Tuesday, citing a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

Young people 12 yrs-old and over can register for single Pfizer jab from today 20 October 2021, 4:39 AM

Children aged between 12 and 17 will from today be able to register for a single shot of the Pfizer vaccine.

IEC partners with social media outlets to combat fake news during LGE and beyond 20 October 2021, 3:43 AM

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) have announced that they've reached an agreement with Google, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok to fight disinformation or fake news during the local government elections (LGE) and beyond.

US lawmakers say Facebook cannot be trusted to manage cryptocurrency 19 October 2021, 11:27 PM

A group of US lawmakers said Facebook Inc cannot be trusted to manage cryptocurrency and urged the social media platform to discontinue immediately a small pilot of its cryptocurrency wallet named Novi, which was launched on Tuesday.

Health Dept hopes to vaccinate 3 million 12 to 17-year-olds by mid-January 2022 19 October 2021, 9:57 PM

Children between the ages of twelve and seventeen can receive the COVID-19 vaccine from Wednesday.

India delays COVID-19 vaccine supplies to WHO-backed COVAX, sources say 19 October 2021, 12:58 PM

India has delayed committing supplies of vaccine to the COVAX global sharing platform, two sources told Reuters on Tuesday, a day after one of its key backers, the WHO, said the agency could not "cut corners" to approve a domestically developed vaccine.

UK watchdog to launch investigation into music streaming 19 October 2021, 9:51 AM

Britain's competition regulator said on Tuesday it planned to launch an investigation into the music streaming market to see whether it was functioning properly for consumers.

Earlier breast cancer screening would narrow mortality gap for Black women – Study 19 October 2021, 2:39 AM

Racial disparities in breast cancer survival in the United States could be cut by more than half if Black women got mammograms every other year starting at age 40, according to findings from a model of simulated health outcomes published on Monday.

Gauteng Premier says vaccination numbers are far too low in Soweto 19 October 2021, 2:12 AM

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has raised concern at the low number of people that have so far been vaccinated in Soweto.

US FDA to allow mixing and matching of COVID-19 boosters – NYT 19 October 2021, 12:54 AM

The US Food and Drug Administration is planning to allow Americans to get a different booster shot of a COVID-19 vaccine than the one initially taken, the New York Times reported on Monday.

Paediatric Association encourages dialogue around COVID-19 vaccines 18 October 2021, 6:40 PM

The South African Paediatric Association has encouraged healthy dialogue between parents, guardians and children over the COVID-19 vaccine.

Merck COVID-19 pill sparks calls for access for lower-income countries 18 October 2021, 3:06 PM

 The plan to roll out Merck & Co's antiviral pill to treat COVID-19 risks repeating the inequities of vaccine distribution, potentially leaving the nations with the greatest need once again at the back of the line, international health groups say.

China launches second crewed mission to build space station 18 October 2021, 1:01 PM

China on Saturday launched a rocket carrying three astronauts - two men and one woman - to the core module of a future space station where they will live and work for six months, the longest orbit for Chinese astronauts.

Wet weather conditions expected to continue in KwaZulu-Natal 18 October 2021, 9:24 AM

KwaZulu-Natal residents should brace themselves for more wet weather conditions that are expected to continue throughout Monday.

Parents react to Health Ministry’s decision to start vaccinating children over 12 without parental consent 17 October 2021, 10:01 PM

Some parents and children have reacted with concern to the Health Minister's announcement that children between the ages of 12 and 17 will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination without parental consent.