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US extends expiration dates on J&J COVID vaccine to 6 months

US extends expiration dates on J&J COVID vaccine to 6 months

Federal health regulators on Wednesday again extended the expiration dates on Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, providing health workers with six more weeks to use millions of doses of the shot. CLICK HERE TO FIND A COVID-19 VACCINE NEAR YOU The Food and Drug Administration said in a letter to J&J that the shots remain safe and effective for…

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FDA allows automatic ‘generic’ swap for brand-name insulin

FDA allows automatic 'generic' swap for brand-name insulin

U.S. regulators took action Wednesday that will make it easier to get a cheaper, near-copy of a brand-name insulin at the drugstore. Doctors now have to specifically prescribe what’s called a biosimilar or OK substituting it for a more expensive brand-name insulin. Wednesday’s move by the Food and Drug Administration will allow pharmacists to automatically substitute the cheaper version,…

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What is a COVID-19 vaccine ‘breakthrough’ case?

What is a COVID-19 vaccine 'breakthrough' case?

What is a COVID-19 vaccine “breakthrough” case? It’s when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with the coronavirus. CLICK HERE TO FIND A COVID-19 VACCINE NEAR YOU In studies, the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer and Moderna were around 95% effective at preventing illness, while the one-shot Johnson & Johnson shot was 72% effective, though direct comparisons are difficult….

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AstraZeneca to seek US approval for COVID-19 vaccine in second half

AstraZeneca to seek US approval for COVID-19 vaccine in second half

AstraZeneca said Thursday that it intends to seek U.S. authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine in the second half of this year, offering a new timetable for the much-delayed application. CLICK HERE TO FIND A COVID-19 VACCINE NEAR YOU The Anglo-Swedish drugmaker announced the schedule as it released second-quarter financial results, which showed that the company and its sub-licensees delivered…

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California restaurant says it will serve only unvaccinated customers

California restaurant says it will serve only unvaccinated customers

Not vaccinated? That’s no problem for at least one California restaurant. Basilico’s in Huntington Beach, Orange County, has taken a stand against coronavirus vaccination policies, calling them “treasonous, anti-American stupidity,” in a sign posted outside the business. Earlier this week, Basilico’s posted on Instagram what it called a “Declaration and Pledge of Defiance.” “Challenging fellow business owners to fight…

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COVID-19 in Los Angeles: Over 25% of cases are fully vaccinated people

COVID-19 in Los Angeles: Over 25% of cases are fully vaccinated people

LOS ANGELES—Health officials in Los Angeles County said over 25% of new coronavirus cases are among those who have been fully vaccinated, an increase from last month, according to a report Wednesday. Health officials have called the vaccines effective and said breakthrough cases are to be expected, but the number is a noticeable increase from June when fully vaccinated…

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Communities hope to combat record drug overdose deaths reported amid coronavirus pandemic

Communities hope to combat record drug overdose deaths reported amid coronavirus pandemic

Hard-hit communities across the U.S. hope to combat the rising number of fatal overdoses as the nation reached a morbid milestone in the drug epidemic: Drug overdose deaths soared to a record 93,000 in 2020, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  That marks a 29.4% increase from 2019.  In Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, home…

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33-year-old fully vaccinated woman reportedly dies from COVID-19 complications in rare, breakthrough case

33-year-old fully vaccinated woman reportedly dies from COVID-19 complications in rare, breakthrough case

A mother is grieving the loss of her 33-year-old daughter who was vaccinated against COVID-19 yet still succumbed to the virus on Sunday, according to a report. Angelle Mosley, described as a “driven business woman,” who had just opened the doors to her first shop, Brave Beautique in June, texted her mom last Thursday saying she wasn’t feeling well,…

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