Coronavirus Updates: FDA withholds booster recommendation, outside panel to examine Friday

NEW YORK (WABC) — There is continued uncertainty over the issue of booster shots. The FDA has withheld a recommendation for a third Pfizer shot in a report released Wednesday. Pfizer itself is calling for boosters saying immunity begins to wear off within 8-months of the second shot. An outside panel is supposed to examine … Read more

Coronavirus Updates: US military branches set vaccination deadlines

NEW YORK (WABC) — All branches of the US military have set deadlines for service members to get the COVID vaccine. The Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps active-duty service members have deadlines in November. The Army says all active-duty military members have until December 15. National Guard soldiers have until June 2022. The punishment … Read more

Coronavirus Updates: 1,200 deaths a day from coronavirus in US, 6 times higher than 2 months ago

NEW YORK (WABC) — The United States now averages 1,200 deaths a day from COVID, that’s six times the death toll from two months ago. With in-person classes now in session for millions of students across the country, concerns over a fall delta COVID surge are growing. More than 243,000 children tested positive for COVID-19 … Read more

Coronavirus Updates: 1 in 4 COVID cases diagnosed in children

NEW YORK (WABC) — One in four new COVID cases is being diagnosed in children. More than a quarter-million cases were reported last week, the highest on record. The former head of the FDA laying out his “best-case scenario” on when vaccines will be available for children. “You could potentially have a vaccine available to … Read more

Coronavirus Updates: FDA warns parents not to seek out COVID vaccines for children under 12

NEW YORK (WABC) — The FDA is urging parents not to seek out COVID-19 vaccines for children under 12 because they’re not yet eligible. The agency noted that “children are not small adults,” and said it is still working through the process of ensuring the vaccines are safe for younger kids. “While of course I … Read more