Los Angeles County Sheriff Won’t Enforce Vaccine Mandate

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Tuesday he won’t comply with a mandate requiring deputies be vaccinated against the coronavirus or face termination, claiming thousands could leave the department and that will lead to more crime. His defiance to the order […]

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Meeting the Challenge of Giving COVID Vaccines to Younger Kids

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed vaccination with the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years. What are some best practices for meeting the challenges of immunizing this younger age group? Medscape Medical News spoke to several pediatric […]

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Believers in COVID-19 Conspiracies More Likely to Catch Virus

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. People who believe in COVID-19 conspiracy theories are more likely to catch the virus, lose their jobs, and be socially isolated, according to a new study published in Psychological Medicine, a peer-reviewed medical journal by Cambridge University Press. The study, conducted by researchers in the Netherlands, […]

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Vaccine After COVID-19 Infection Boosts Immune Response: Study

People who already have had COVID-19 may have more reason to get vaccinated, with new findings suggesting that vaccination after infection can boost protection. Under viral threat, the body first uses B cells to make antibodies against the invader, a process that can take up to 2 weeks. The immune system simultaneously creates memory B cells that can recognize the […]

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England's COVID prevalence rises to new highest level since January, ONS says

FILE PHOTO: People walk along a busy shopping street in the centre of Liverpool, Britain, October 26, 2021. REUTERS/Phil NobleLONDON (Reuters) – The prevalence of COVID-19 infections in England increased to around 1 in 50 people in the week ending Oct 22, Britain’s Office for National Statistics said on Friday, reaching its highest level since the start of the year. […]

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Malaysia to buy Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11

FILE PHOTO: Nurses prepare doses of the Pfizer vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for the secondary school students at a school in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Lim Huey TengKUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia said on Friday it would proceed with the procurement of the Pfizer Inc and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children, following a U.S. expert panel’s […]

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UK has no plans to scrap COVID red travel list, PM's spokesman says

FILE PHOTO: A worker sanitises a barrier at the International arrivals area of Terminal 5 in London’s Heathrow Airport, Britain, August 2, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) – Britain has no plans to scrap a travel red list country system that requires arrivals to stay in a hotel to quarantine, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday. […]

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DeSantis to Convene Legislature to Fight Vaccine Mandates

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday said he will call state lawmakers back to work early to pass legislation to combat coronavirus vaccine mandates enacted by businesses. The Republican governor said he will convene a special session of the GOP-controlled statehouse in […]

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COVID Funds to Hospitals Disproportionately Doled Out: Study

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A study published October 22 in JAMA Health Forum found that COVID-19 relief funds may have disproportionately gone to hospitals that were in better financial condition than to hospitals that were in greater need, though the funds did appear to have gone to the hospitals that […]

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