Pfizer asked the U.S. government on Oct. 7 to allow use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 5 to 11 – and if regulators agree, shots could begin within a matter of weeks.
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Johnson & Johnson asked the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday to allow extra shots of its COVID-19 vaccine as the U.S. government moves toward expanding its booster campaign to millions more vaccinated Americans.
Drugmaker Merck said Oct. 1 that its experimental COVID-19 pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by half in people recently infected with the coronavirus and that it would soon ask health officials in the U.S. and around the world to authorize its use.
With the continued spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, Cherokee Nation Health Services officials are seeing an increase in cases and hospitalizations, similar to the first surge in 2020, and encourage the public to get vaccinated.
COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did – approximately 675,000. And like the worldwide scourge of a century ago, the coronavirus may never entirely disappear from our midst.
COVID-19 vaccinations are accelerating in Oklahoma as the state sees a rapid rise in cases from the Delta variant and students return to school and colleges.
The Cherokee Nation observed Aug. 31 as International Overdose Awareness Day and continues to focus on medication assisted treatment and overdose prevention.
The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 23, a milestone that may help lift public confidence in the shots as the nation battles the most contagious coronavirus mutant yet.