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New monovalent COVID-19 vaccines approved in US; The latest health stories from around the world

After the US Food and Drug Administration authorized new monovalent COVID vaccines on early last week, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices backed the decision a day later with a nearly unanimous vote in favour of universal XBB-containing shots. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/996378?  Reports of a mutating virus and COVID hospitalisations of about 17,000 people a […]

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Biden to appoint Mandy Cohen as Director of the CDC; The latest health stories from around the world

Public health advocates are applauding the news that President Joe Biden intends to name Mandy Cohen, a physician and public health expert with broad government experience, to lead the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/science.adj1029?et_rid=785235729&utm_campaign=SCIeToc&af=R&et_cid=4766136&utm_medium=email&utm_content=alert&utm_source=sfmc Biden will appoint Cohen by the end of the month to replace current CDC Director Rochelle Walensky

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CDC votes to add COVID-19 vaccines to child immunisation schedules

Independent advisers of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted 15-0 last Thursday to add most COVID-19 vaccines offered in the US to the childhood, adolescent and adult immunization schedules. www.politico.com/news/2022/10/20/cdc-advisers-recommend-adding-covid-shots-to-routine-schedules-for-kids-adults-00062739? The immunization schedules, which are updated every autumn before going into effect the following year, consolidate all of the CDC’s vaccine

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Was it American-funded research that went wrong in Wuhan?

During his tenure US President Donald Trump had accused the Chinese of creating and unleashing the COVID-19 virus on an unsuspecting world, repeatedly calling it the “China virus” for good measure. Ironically, possibilities have now been raised of a US role in China’s virology research.  The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has denied that

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