U.S. to deploy nearly 300,000 monkeypox vaccine doses to fight outbreak

Mock-up vials labeled “Monkeypox vaccine” are seen in this illustration taken, May 25, 2022.  Dado Ruvic | Reuters The U.S. will deploy nearly 300,000 monekypox vaccine doses in the coming weeks in an effort to stamp out an outbreak of the virus that continues to grow. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that people who have had confirmed or presumed monkeypox exposures get vaccinated against the virus. Vaccination should occur within two weeks of exposure to the virus but the sooner the better, according to the CDC.…

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FDA panel recommends changing Covid shots to fight omicron this fall

A healthcare worker prepares a syringe with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site operated by SOMOS Community Care during the COVID-19 pandemic in Manhattan in New York City, January 29, 2021. Mike Segar | Reuters The Food and Drug Administration’s panel of independent vaccine experts on Tuesday voted 19 to 2 to recommend new Covid-19 shots that target the omicron variant this fall, when public health officials are expecting another wave of infections. It is the first time the panel has proposed that vaccine makers modify the…

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Women in states that ban abortion will still be able to get abortion pills online from overseas

Pills of Misoprostol, used to terminate early pregnancies, are displayed in a pharmacy in Provo, Utah, U.S. May 12, 2022.  George Frey | Reuters Women in states that ban abortion will still be able to end unwanted pregnancies with prescription abortion pills ordered online from overseas, though the legal situation is murky and carries potential risks. The Supreme Court on Friday overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that protected abortion as a constitutional right across the U.S. — allowing states to impose partial or full bans on the…

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World Health Organization says monkeypox is not a global health emergency right now

The World Health Organization on Saturday said the rapid spread of monkeypox across dozens of nations does not represent a global health emergency at this time. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described monkeypox as an evolving health threat, however, and urged governments around the world to step up surveillance, contact tracing, testing and to make sure that people at high risk have access to vaccines and antiviral treatments. The WHO convened its emergency committee to determine what level of threat monkeypox currently poses to the international community. At least…

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Several U.S. states immediately institute abortion bans following Roe ruling

Pro-life demonstrators hold signs in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as they await its decision on the legality of a Republican-backed Louisiana law that imposes restrictions on abortion doctors in Washington, U.S., June 22, 2020. Kevin Lemarque | Reuters Several U.S. states immediately banned abortion on Friday in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade. The high court’s decision ended a half century of constitutionally protected abortion rights, which means that states will now be allowed to regulate the procedure. At least 13 states…

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Four abortion clinics in Kansas brace for a deluge of patients from states banning the procedure

Trust Women health clinic in Wichita, Kansas was already overwhelmed with the volume of calls from pregnant women in neighboring states seeking abortions. About 60% of the clinic’s patients are out of state, said Zack Gingrich-Gaylord, a spokesperson for Trust Women. They mostly come from Oklahoma, where the governor signed a law in May that outlawed abortion beginning at fertilization — basically a total ban on the procedure. Oklahoma’s four clinics had to stop offering abortions, which which left neighboring Kansas to the north as the closest option for many…

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CDC panel recommends Moderna two-dose Covid vaccine for kids ages 6 to 17

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to clear Moderna‘s two-dose Covid-19 vaccine for kindergartners through high schoolers for public distribution this week after the agency’s panel of independent vaccine experts unanimously voted Thursday to recommend the shots. The committee endorsed Moderna’s vaccine for kids ages 6 to 17 after examining its safety and effectiveness during a public meeting. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is expected to sign off on the recommendation later Thursday, the final step before pharmacies and doctor’s offices can start administering the shots. Moderna’s…

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CDC advisors recommend Covid vaccines for children as young as 6 months

A child is administered a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pediatric vaccine. Mayela Lopez | Reuters The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s independent vaccine experts on Saturday backed Pfizer’s and Moderna’s Covid-19 shots for children as young as 6 months. The CDC committee voted unanimously to recommend the shots for use in infants through preschoolers after two days of meetings that were open to the public. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky is expected to sign off on the committee’s recommendation this weekend, which would allow pharmacies and…

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FDA authorizes Pfizer and Moderna’s Covid vaccines for children as young as 6 months

Vials with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine labels are seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021. Dado Ruvic | Reuters The Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized Moderna and Pfizer‘s Covid-19 shots for children as young as 6 months old, which makes nearly every person in the U.S. now eligible for vaccination. The FDA decision comes after its committee of independent vaccine experts voted unanimously to recommend the shots after weighing their safety and effectiveness during an all-day meeting Wednesday that was open to the…

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Some monkeypox patients also have sexually transmitted diseases, CDC says

Some people recently diagnosed with sexually transmitted diseases may also have monkeypox, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, warning physicians that they need to watch and test for both since monkeypox can look a lot like an STD. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said some patients with monkeypox also had syphilis, herpes, gonorrhea or chlamydia infections. The rash that characterizes monkeypox can resemble herpes or syphilis, Walensky said. “It’s important to be aware that monkeypox cases may present similar to some sexually transmitted infections and could be mistaken for…

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