Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 COVID-19 News from Around the Web

Life expectancy of American men fell by 2 years amid COVID pandemic: study

Fox News - September 28, 2021

The life expectancy of American men dropped by more than two years during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study has found. Oxford University said in the study published Monday that the life expectancy among men fell by 2.2 years in 2020, the largest drop since World War II, according to Reuters. Life expectancy fell by more than six months compared to 2019 for 22 of the 29 countries analyzed for the study, which included the U.S. and European nations.

In a matter of days, Pfizer CEO says they’ll be ready to ask for approval of a Covid-19 vaccine for kids

CNN - September 27, 2021

Pfizer/BioNTech plans to ask for authorization of a Covid-19 vaccine for some children under 12 soon, bringing the US one step closer to offering protection to a population that has grown particularly vulnerable as the fall season gets underway. "It is a question of days, not weeks," Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla told ABC News Sunday about when the company will submit data on children ages 5 to 11 to the FDA for consideration.

US has enough COVID-19 vaccines for boosters, kids’ shots

AP - September 27, 2021

With more than 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines available, U.S. health authorities said they’re confident there will be enough for both qualified older Americans seeking booster shots and the young children for whom initial vaccines are expected to be approved in the not-too-distant future. The spike in demand — expected following last week’s federal recommendation on booster shots — would be the first significant jump in months.

Trials Show COVID Vaccines Well Worth It for Cancer Patients

HealthDay - September 27, 2021

If you have cancer and you think coronavirus vaccines may do you little good, don't let your hesitation stop you from getting the shots: A pair of clinical trials finds that patients' immune systems ramped up after vaccination. The findings were presented this week during a virtual meeting of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO Congress 2021).

A Daily Pill to Treat Covid Could Be Just Months Away, Scientists Say

Kaiser Health News - September 27, 2021

The Kellys have a role in developing what could be the world’s next chance to thwart covid: a short-term regimen of daily pills that can fight the virus early after diagnosis and conceivably prevent symptoms from developing after exposure.

Biden’s chaotic messaging on Covid-19 boosters is pitting the White House against the government’s scientific advisers

STAT - September 27, 2021

The White House’s chaotic, contradictory messaging on Covid-19 vaccine booster shots has given Americans whiplash. But more concerning, experts say, is that it risks undermining President Biden’s campaign pledge that he would listen to the scientists and adhere to official approval processes. The administration’s latest move — a decision to expand booster eligibility that came in the middle of the night Friday — puts the spotlight on Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, who overruled her own advisory panel of scientists to make the call.

Unvaccinated Americans are at higher risk from COVID-19 but express less concern than vaccinated adults

Pew Research - September 27, 2021

[Adults] who are not vaccinated are about half as likely as those who have received at least one vaccine dose to see COVID-19 as a major threat to the health of the U.S. population (37% vs. 70%) and 14 percentage points less likely to see it as a major threat to their own personal health (21% vs. 35%).

Covid-19 vaccine boosters can begin for some US adults as CDC partially diverges from its advisers’ recommendations

CNN - September 24, 2021

Following days of lengthy debate among vaccine experts, booster shots of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine can now be officially administered to some adults in the U.S. Early Friday morning, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky diverged from the agency's independent vaccine advisers to recommend boosters for a broader group of people -- those ages 18 to 64 who are at increased risk of Covid-19 because of their workplaces or institutional settings -- in addition to older adults, long-term care facility residents and some people with underlying health conditions.

Covid vaccines don’t increase risk of miscarriage or birth defects, CDC says

CNBC - September 24, 2021

The CDC tracked 1,613 pregnant women who received a Covid-19 vaccine, 30% of whom were vaccinated in the second trimester. The remaining 70% received their inoculations in the third trimester. Participants gave birth to 1,634 infants, including 42 twins.

Asthma organization warns of new social media trend using hydrogen peroxide to treat COVID-19

Fox News - September 24, 2021

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has issued a warning about a concerning new social media trend in which people are breathing in hydrogen peroxide through nebulizers to treat or prevent COVID-19. In a Tuesday blog post, the AAFA said that the "dangerous trend" was circulating on Facebook, Twitter and TikTok. "DO NOT put hydrogen peroxide into your nebulizer and breathe it in. This is dangerous!" the association said.

Has the spread of Covid-19 peaked in the U.S.? What future Covid spread could look like

NBC News - September 24, 2021

The number of new Covid-19 cases in the United States seems to have peaked, with cases in states hit hard by the delta variant earlier edging downward over the last week, according to an analysis by NBC News. It’s the longest sustained decline in cases in nearly three months, giving hope to some leading pandemic forecasters. Some hospitals in areas of the country with low vaccination rates are still in crisis mode, but overall the hospitalization rate in the U.S. has dropped…

No, Vaccinated People Are Not ‘Just as Likely’ to Spread the Coronavirus as Unvaccinated People

The Atlantic - September 24, 2021

This misunderstanding, born out of confusing statements from public-health authorities and misleading media headlines, is a shame. It is resulting in unnecessary fear among vaccinated people, all the while undermining the public’s understanding of the importance—and effectiveness—of getting vaccinated. So let me make one thing clear: Vaccinated people are not as likely to spread the coronavirus as the unvaccinated.

Covid-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds is safe and shows ‘robust’ antibody response, Pfizer says

CNN - September 20, 2021

In a highly anticipated announcement, Pfizer said on Monday a Phase 2/3 trial showed its Covid-19 vaccine was safe and generated a "robust" antibody response in children ages 5 to 11. These are the first such results released for this age group for a US Covid-19 vaccine, and the data has not yet been peer-reviewed or published. Pfizer said it plans to submit to the FDA for emergency use authorization soon. The trial included 2,268 participants ages 5 to 11 and used a two-dose regimen of the vaccine administered 21 days apart. This trials used a 10-microgram dose -- smaller than the 30-microgram dose that has been used for those 12 and older.

US panel backs COVID-19 boosters only for seniors, high-risk

AP - September 20, 2021

Dealing the White House a stinging setback, a government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots across the board, and instead endorsed the extra vaccine dose only for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe disease. … The nonbinding recommendation — from an influential committee of outside experts who advise the FDA — is not the last word. The FDA will consider the group’s advice and make its own decision, probably within days. And the CDC is set to weigh in next week.

In The Fight Against COVID, Health Workers Aren’t Immune To Vaccine Misinformation

NPR - September 20, 2021

As new data shows 1 in 500 Americans has died from COVID-19 and the delta variant continues to surge across the country, the next challenge many health care leaders face is within their own staffs: the 27% of U.S. health care workers who have not been vaccinated against the disease as of July, according to a study by The COVID States Project.

Biden’s Challenge on Vaccine Mandates

Gallup - September 20, 2021

Gallup Panel data collected Aug. 16-22 found 56% of Americans in favor of requiring workers to show proof of vaccination before reporting to an office or work site, and 44% opposed. A separate Gallup Panel survey found 52% of workers supporting the idea of their employer requiring all workers without a medical exemption to be vaccinated, with 38% opposed.