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FDA advisors unanimously green-light Moderna boosters for people 65+, high-risk

Enlarge / The Food and Drug Administration headquarters in White Oak, Maryland. (credit: Getty | Congressional Quarterly) As expected, a committee of independent advisors for the Food and Drug Administration voted unanimously (19-to-0) Thursday afternoon in favor of authorizing a booster dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for certain groups. The groups flagged for boosting are […]

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Merck’s Thor-inspired COVID treatment hammered for $700 price—a 46x markup

Enlarge / Merck & Co. headquarters in San Francisco, California. (credit: Getty | Sundry Photography) A storm is brewing over the pricing and licensing of Merck’s antiviral pill molnupiravir, which the pharmaceutical giant says can halve the risk of hospitalization and death in high-risk COVID-19 patients. Merck’s advance purchase agreement with the US government pegs […]

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Mix-and-match COVID boosters are as good—if not better than—all the same shots

Enlarge / A vial of the current Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. (credit: Getty | Ivan Romano) Mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines for booster doses appears safe and as effective—if not more effective—than sticking with the same vaccine for a booster dose. That’s according to preliminary data posted online Wednesday from a clinical trial run by the […]

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Airlines reject Texas ban on vaccine mandates, say Biden order takes precedence

Enlarge / An American Airlines Boeing 787 lands at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. (credit: Getty Images | Joshua Olson) American Air carriers and Southwest Airlines said they will not comply with the Texas governor’s ban on vaccine mandates, saying that the US shot mandate for federal contractors requires precedence. Both airlines are headquartered in […]

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Wisconsinites plan to sue “every school board” that ignores CDC’s COVID advice

Enlarge / Beers sold by the Minocqua Brewing Company. A Wisconsin brewery that says it’s fed up with “anti-science, ” “Tucker Carlson-watching zombies” is funding a series of lawsuits against school boards that do not follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on COVID-19. So far, the Minocqua Brewing Company’s Super PAC has helped […]