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CDC committee to meet on Moderna, J&J boosters

A box containing vials of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine, at a drive-through vaccination site at the Meigs County fairgrounds in Pomeroy, Ohio, on March 18, 2021. (Stephen Zenner/Bloomberg News)

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s independent advisory committee will meet Oct. 20 and 21 to discuss the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine boosters, respectively.

This will follow the Food and Drug Administration’s independent advisers meeting Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 to discuss the agency greenlighting the boosters.

The CDC also announced Friday that the panel will convene Nov. 2 and 3 to discuss pediatric vaccinations.

The regulatory approval of the two booster vaccines would expand a distribution program, which has accelerated in recent days, according to the White House. Four million Americans have received boosters, half of which was in five days, Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said during a news briefing Wednesday.

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  • Health officials are urging Americans to get their flu shots, warning the flu season that didn’t materialize when most of society was shut down last year, could come roaring back and strain hospitals in the months ahead.
  • The U.S. economy added 194,000 jobs in September, the Department of Labor reported Friday, a disappointing month that reflects how severely the delta variant is hampering the economic recovery.
  • England has announced that on Monday it will abolish a substantial number of coronavirus-related travel restrictions, slashing its “red list” of nations and allowing for easier international movement.
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Health officials are urging Americans to get their flu shots, warning the flu season that didn’t materialize when most of society was shut down last year, could come roaring back and strain hospitals in the months ahead.
The U.S. economy added 194,000 jobs in September, the Department of Labor reported Friday, a disappointing month that reflects how severely the delta variant is hampering the economic recovery.
England has announced that on Monday it will abolish a substantial number of coronavirus-related travel restrictions, slashing its “red list” of nations and allowing for easier international movement.

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Vaccines: The CDC recommends that everyone age 5 and older get an updated covid booster shot. New federal data shows adults who received the updated shots cut their risk of being hospitalized with covid-19 by 50 percent. Here’s guidance on when you should get the omicron booster and how vaccine efficacy could be affected by your prior infections.

New covid variant: The XBB.1.5 variant is a highly transmissible descendant of omicron that is now estimated to cause about half of new infections in the country. We answered some frequently asked questions about the bivalent booster shots.

Guidance: CDC guidelines have been confusing — if you get covid, here’s how to tell when you’re no longer contagious. We’ve also created a guide to help you decide when to keep wearing face coverings.

Where do things stand? See the latest coronavirus numbers in the U.S. and across the world. In the U.S., pandemic trends have shifted and now White people are more likely to die from covid than Black people. Nearly nine out of 10 covid deaths are people over the age 65.

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