FDA authorizes Pfizer Covid-19 boosters for children ages 5-11

CNN † The US Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for a booster dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 at least five months after completion of the primary vaccine series. Pfizer requested this EUA at the end of April, citing company data that showed that a third … Read more

Shanghai declares zero-Covid milestone but residents cast doubt on reopening

Hong Kong CNN † Shanghai officials on Tuesday said they had achieved “zero-Covid at the community level” in what appeared to be a turning point in a heavy-handed and costly campaign to tame an Omicron outbreak – but many residents remain skeptical the city will reopen anytime soon . “Zero-Covid at the community level” means … Read more

Study identifies potential biomarker for SIDS, but these are very early days

CNN † Australian researchers say they’ve identified one potential biomarker for sudden infant death syndrome, known as SIDS, but experts caution that it’s just one piece of the puzzle. About 3,400 babies die from SIDS in the US each year. There is no immediate or obvious cause of death, according to the US Centers for … Read more

‘This is not my kid’: Mysterious hepatitis wreaked havoc in healthy child with shocking speed

CNN  —  The day they wheeled 2-year-old Baelyn Schwab into surgery to get a new liver, her skin was orange, and she was delirious. “Her eyes didn’t look like they were attached to her head anymore,” her mom, Kelsea Schwab, told CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta. “They were just rolling all over. “She … Read more

Michael Osterholm: Covid-19 keeps firing 210-mph curveballs at us

Editor’s Note: Peter Bergen is CNN’s national security analyst, a vice president at New America and a professor of practice at Arizona State University. He is the senior editor of the Coronavirus Daily Brief and author of the forthcoming paperback “The Cost of Chaos: The Trump Administration and the World.” The opinions expressed here are … Read more

Opinion: Rebound after taking Paxlovid is the latest twist in the Covid-19 puzzle

Editor’s Note: Kent Sepkowitz is a physician and infectious disease expert at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The views expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion on CNN. CNN † The Covid-19 pandemic has supplied us with yet another unexpected and unwanted twist, this time about the antiviral drug … Read more

Chicago shooting: Retaliatory gang violence led to shooting that left one dead, others wounded

CNN † A shootout that left one person dead and four others injured in Chicago was the result of retaliatory violence between two rival gangs, police Superintendent David Brown said Wednesday. First responders were interrupted by a crowd of people when they arrived Tuesday in the South Side neighborhood and tried to provide first aid, … Read more

Why Covid-19 vaccine boosters may be more important than ever

CNN † With waning immunity and a coronavirus that seems to become more infectious with each new variant, the Biden administration predicts that up to 100 million more people could get Covid-19 in the fall and winter. That estimate makes it crucial that as many people as possible get booster shots of Covid-19 vaccine, experts … Read more

Bahamas Sandals resort: American woman stricken at resort now hospitalized in Miami, official says

CNN † An American woman hospitalized on Friday in the Bahamas, where three other Americans died of unknown causes at a Sandals resort, has since left the country and is now being treated at a hospital in Miami, Royal Bahamas Police Force Commissioner Paul Rolle said. The woman, whose identity has not been released, is … Read more

What precautions should you take as Covid-19 cases rise?

CNN † Cases of Covid-19 are rising again. Infections have increased by more than 50% compared with the previous week in at least eight US states. Parts of New York have moved into the “high” designation of Covid-19 community level, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention metrics. The surge in the … Read more