NOTE: Barring the unforeseen, I’m planning on taking tomorrow off. See y’all on Monday morning…
U.S. regulators on Friday authorized the first COVID-19 shots for infants and preschoolers, paving the way for vaccinations to begin next week. pic.twitter.com/wFzS3uimse
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 17, 2022
This is a service: @uspirg is holding a virtual Q&A for parents who want info about pediatric #Covid vaccines.
Thursday, June 23, 6-7 pm EDT.
Register: https://t.co/DkHsV9G8Sc pic.twitter.com/54bmogxZBj
— Helen Branswell (@HelenBranswell) June 17, 2022
… Vaccinated patients with Omicron BA.1 breakthrough infections developed antibodies that could neutralize that virus plus the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, but the Omicron sublineages circulating now have mutations that allow them to evade those antibodies, researchers from China reported on Friday in Nature.
Omicron BA.2.12.1, which is presently causing most infections in the United States, and Omicron BA.5 and BA.4, which now account for more than 21% of new U.S. cases, contain mutations not present in the BA.1 and BA.2 versions of Omicron.
Those newer sublineages “notably evade the neutralizing antibodies elicited by SARS-CoV-2 infection and vaccination,” the researchers found in test-tube experiments.
The monoclonal antibody drugs bebtelovimab from Eli Lilly and cilgavimab, a component of AstraZeneca’s Evusheld, can still effectively neutralize BA.2.12.1 and BA.4/BA.5, the experiments also showed.
But vaccine boosters based on the BA.1 virus, such as those in development by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, “may not achieve broad-spectrum protection against new Omicron variants,” the researchers warned…
This is so important on many levels. Long COVID is a legacy that is not well understood, often ignored and has left many less able to work and participate in the economy, notably women. Relieved to see a possible reduction with an even more contagious variant and sub-variants. https://t.co/2p9pRJZyHb
— Diane Swonk (@DianeSwonk) June 17, 2022
NEW: NYC has announced plans for vaccinating young children
==> 10 dedicated hubs will open on Weds 6/22 (assuming fed approval), exclusively for ages 6 months up to and including 5 y.o. Locations/hours below. Offering Moderna only. By appt or walk-in. For appt call 877-VAX-4NYC pic.twitter.com/s2AJTHqIHL
— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) June 17, 2022