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FDA OKs Mixing COVID Vaccines; Backs Moderna, J&J Boosters

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The Food and Drug Administration’s decisions mark a big step toward expanding the U.S. booster campaign.
a youth receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the central Israeli city of Rishon LeZion.

White House Details Plans to Vaccinate Kids

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Children age 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician's office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school.

U.S. Expected to Authorize Mix-and-Match COVID-19 Booster Shots

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Federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster doses this week.
This Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 file photo shows vials for the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines at a temporary clinic in Exeter, N.H.

Why Weren’t COVID Boosters Tweaked to Better Match Variants?

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When it’s your turn, you’ll get an extra dose of the original vaccine, not one updated to better match the extra-contagious delta variant.
This May 13, 2021, file photo shows syringes filled with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a mobile vaccination site in Miami.

Next on FDA’s Agenda: Booster Shots of Moderna, J&J Vaccines

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The FDA will convene for the first stage in the process of deciding whether extra doses of the two vaccines should be dispensed.
Nursing coordinator Beth Springer stands in blue scrubs looks into a patient's room in a COVID-19 ward at the Willis-Knighton Medical Center in Shreveport, La.

U.S. COVID-19 Cases Falling as Hospitals Brace for Next Wave

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Hospital administrators are bracing for yet another possible surge as cold weather drives people indoors.
The photo shows a wooden gavel.

RI Judge Strikes Down Challenge to Vaccine Mandate on Religious Grounds

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A federal judge on Thursday rejected healthcare workers' request for an order blocking the state COVID vaccination mandate from taking effect Friday.
This undated image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication.

Merck Says Its Pill Cuts Worst Effects of COVID-19

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If cleared, the drug would be the first pill shown to treat COVID-19, a potentially major advance in efforts to fight the pandemic.
Am I fully vaccinated without a COVID-19 vaccine booster?

Am I Fully Vaccinated If I Do Not Get a COVID-19 Booster?

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Yes, people who got a two-dose vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot are considered fully vaccinated — even without a booster.
An employee of a local funeral home covers the body of a COVID-19 patient patient who died as he prepares to take it away from a loading dock.

U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Are Topping 1,900 a Day

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COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have climbed to an average of more than 1,900 a day for the first time since early March.