FDA clearance of Covid shots and treatments won’t slow with end of public health emergency

Vials and a medical syringe seen displayed in front of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States logo. FDA finds the COVID-19 vaccine. Pavlo Gonchar | LightRocket | Getty Images The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday said its emergency authorizations of Covid vaccines, tests and treatments will not be impacted by … Read more

Pfizer Covid booster likely doesn’t carry seniors’ stroke risk: CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said it is “very unlikely” the Pfizer omicron booster carries a risk of stroke for seniors after it launched an investigation into a preliminary safety concern detected by one of its monitoring systems. The CDC,┬áin a statement posted to its website Friday, said a surveillance system … Read more

250,000 kindergarteners are vulnerable due to drop in vaccination rate

Nearly a quarter of a million kindergartners are potentially vulnerable to measles due to a dip in vaccination coverage during the pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC, in a report published Thursday, found that 93% of kindergartners were up to date with state-required vaccines during the 2021-2022 school year, … Read more

CytomX shares surge more than 50% on Moderna partnership

CytomX Therapeutics Inc. CTMX, +7.19% shares soared more than 50% in the extended session Thursday after the small biotech company announced a partnership with Moderna Inc. MRNA, -2.17% CytomX shares were last up 57% after hours, following a 7.2% rise to close the regular session at $1.79. Under the agreement, CytomX gets a $35 million … Read more

omicron XBB.1.5 is immune evasive, binds better to cells

Gilnature | Istock | Getty Images The Covid omicron XBB.1.5 variant is rapidly becoming dominant in the U.S. because it is highly immune evasive and appears more effective at binding to cells than related subvariants, scientists say. XBB.1.5 now represents about 41% of new cases nationwide in the U.S., nearly doubling in prevalence over the … Read more

AMC Entertainment Stock Fell Again. 2022 Has Been Rough for Meme Stocks.

AMC Entertainment Holdings stock tumbled this week after the theater chain announced plans to sell stock to a private investment firm. The move extended pain amid what has been a brutal year for meme stocks. Shares of firms such as AMC (ticker AMC), GameStop (GME), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) surged in January 2021 … Read more

Amgen in Advanced Talks to Buy Horizon Therapeutics

WSJ News Exclusive Business U.S. biotechnology company was the last of three suitors standing in an auction for Horizon

Drug overdose deaths among seniors have more than tripled in 2 decades

Deaths from drug and alcohol use are rising among America’s seniors. Drug overdose deaths more than tripled among people age 65 and older during the past two decades while deaths from alcohol abuse increased more than 18% from 2019 to 2020, according to data published Wednesday by the National Center for Health Statistics. More than … Read more

Flu hospitalizations increase nearly 30% as U.S. enters holiday season

Susana Sanchez, a Nurse Practitioner, administers a flu vaccination to Loisy Barrera at a CVS pharmacy and MinuteClinic in Miami, Florida. Joe Raedle | Getty Images Flu hospitalizations have increased nearly 30% in a week as the spread of respiratory illnesses remains high across most of the U.S. More than 11,200 people were hospitalized with … Read more

Omicron BQ variants dominant, XBB circulating at low level

A person receives a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test as the Omicron coronavirus variant continues to spread in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., December 22, 2021. Andrew Kelly | Reuters The omicron BQ coronavirus subvariants have risen to dominance in the U.S. as people gather and travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, putting people with compromised immune … Read more