FDA Authorizes Emergency Use Of Pfizer’s Covid-19 Vaccine For Use In Children 12 To 15

Twitter Users Mock Marco Rubio For Pathetic Brag About Trump’s New Blog

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is attempting to show off his bona fides to Donald Trump’s followers in order to raise campaign cash.

The senator sent out a fundraising email that noted he “was lucky enough to be one of his first posts,” referring to the former president’s new “communications platform” (aka a blog).

It’s a long, long way from 2016, when Rubio warned that Trump “would shatter the party and the conservative movement” and called him a “con artist.”

Even conservative groups have called out Rubio for his hypocritical groveling toward Trump, so it’s no surprise that Twitter users thoroughly mocked the senator’s brag.

Rubio attempted to reclaim the narrative, posting a biblical passage on his feed.

That just made the senator’s political calculation even more obvious.


Palestinians fear loss of family homes as evictions loom

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Samira Dajani’s family moved into their first real home in 1956 after years as refugees, her father planted trees in the garden, naming them for each of his six children.

Today, two towering pines named for Mousa and Daoud stand watch over the entrance to the garden where they all played as children. Pink bougainvillea climbs an iron archway on a path leading past almond, orange and lemon trees to their modest stone house.

“The Samira tree has no leaves,” she says, pointing to the cypress that bears her name. “But the roots are strong.”

She and her husband, empty nesters with grown children of their own, may have to leave it all behind on Aug. 1. That’s when Israel is set to forcibly evict them following a decades-long legal battle waged by ideological Jewish settlers against them and their neighbors.

The Dajanis are one of several Palestinian families facing imminent eviction in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of east Jerusalem. The families’ plight has ignited weeks of demonstrations and clashes in recent days between protesters and Israeli police.

It also highlights an array of discriminatory policies that rights groups say are aimed at pushing Palestinians out of Jerusalem to preserve its Jewish majority. The Israeli rights group B’Tselem and the New York-based Human Rights Watch both pointed to such policies as an example of what they say has become an apartheid regime.

Opinion: What makes Urban Meyer, Tim Tebow think an NFL reunion won’t be a disaster?

Oh, to have the blind self-assurance of Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer.

The duo appears set to reunite with the Jacksonville Jaguars, for reasons obvious only to the two of them. They are more than a decade removed from their days of being the hottest combination in football, in a setting that barely resembles the scene of their greatest success. Yet they’re both somehow convinced this is going to work.

Which just shows how large their egos are, and how little they really know.

Tebow was a bust as an NFL quarterback, shipped out of Denver even after he’d won a playoff game. He threw 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 35 games over three seasons, and his career quarterback rating was just 75.3.

He hasn’t played in a regular-season NFL game since 2012. Hasn’t even been around the league since 2015, spending much of the past five years trying to make it in baseball, instead.

IP waiver will not boost vaccine production: OPPI

‘Critical know-how key to scaling up’

The Organisation of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI) on Monday said waiving intellectual property rights will not lead to increased production of COVID-19 vaccines, as it is not the barrier to their adequate availability in India.

A proposal moved by India and South Africa before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to temporarily suspend trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights for the COVID-19 vaccines to increase their access amid the pandemic has gained support across a number of countries, including the U.S.

Vaccine manufacturing is a complex process and scaling up capacities involves the transfer of critical know-how, it added.

This can only be optimally achieved when vaccine manufacturers are able to scale up capacities at their production sites and/or through licensing agreements with other manufacturers, along with supply agreements with governments to make required quantities deployed rapidly and reliably, OPPI said.

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FDA Authorizes Emergency Use Of Pfizer’s Covid-19 Vaccine For Use In Children 12 To 15

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday expanded the emergency use authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine to include 12- to 15-year-olds.

“The FDA’s expansion of the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age is a significant step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D.

“Today’s action allows for a younger population to be protected from COVID-19, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic. Parents and guardians can rest assured that the agency undertook a rigorous and thorough review of all available data, as we have with all of our COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorizations.”

The two-dose vaccine is already authorized for use in people 16 and older.

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccine advisory committee is scheduled to meet this Wednesday to review the vaccine for kids. If approved by the CDC, adolescents could start receiving the vaccine as soon as this week.

In late March, the companies had said that the vaccine was found to be 100% effective in a clinical trial of more than 2,000 adolescents. They also said the vaccine showed a “robust” antibody response in the children, exceeding those in an earlier trial of older teens and young adults. Side effects were generally consistent with those seen in adults, they added.