Delta Variant

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Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) expect to seek emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration by November for their COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to children younger than five years old.

During the Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference on Tuesday, Pfizer’s chief financial officer Frank D’Amelio said the drugmaker is awaiting results of pediatric trials of the vaccine, which should be available over the next month.

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The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week to the lowest level in nearly 18 months, offering more evidence that job growth was being hindered by labor shortages rather than cooling demand for workers.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 35,000 to a seasonally adjusted 310,000 for the week ended Sept. 4, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

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The European Union is recommending its 27 member nations to ban non-essential travel from the US and other countries due to the latest surge in COVID-19 cases.

On Monday, countries within the bloc were advised to reinstate coronavirus-related restrictions and halt the arrival of tourists from the US, Israel, Kosovo, Lebanon, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

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Less than a month into the new school year, at least 90,000 students across the US have been forced to quarantine after contracting COVID-19 or being exposed to someone who tested positive for the virus.

According to an analysis by The Hill, the infections have occurred in 19 different states as many school districts resume in-person learning after a year of virtual instruction.

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The latest COVID-19 outbreak continues to overwhelm the US healthcare system, with a growing number of states running out of capacity to treat patients severely ill from the virus.

Altogether, more than 100,000 people in the country are hospitalized for coronavirus, the highest number of since January, before vaccines were widely available to the public and before the emergence of the highly-transmissible Delta variant.

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White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci believes the US will not emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic until next spring — at the earliest — and only if an “overwhelming majority” gets vaccinated against the virus.

During a CNN appearance Monday night, Dr. Fauci predicted the coming months will remain difficult, with high caseloads and fatalities, particularly in areas where most people remain unvaccinated.

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Residents in Mississippi who test positive for coronavirus must self-isolate for 10 days or potentially face steep fines and jail time, according to a new order from the state department of health.

The mandate comes amid surging cases in Mississippi, as the 7-day average for new infections in the state reached 4,316 on Friday, nearly double the highest point during the second wave in January, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 and older on Monday.

The approval had been originally targeted for Labor Day but was expedited due the recent surge of the more infectious Delta variant of the virus, according to The New York Times.

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Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC) is offering $250 cash bonuses to employees who get vaccinated against COVID-19 by the end of the year, though it is not requiring shots for now.

On Wednesday, Intel’s chief executive officer Pat Gelsinger urged the company’s 111,000 workers to get vaccinated, writing in a memo, “I’m a data guy and the data shows that vaccination is a critical element in ending this pandemic.”

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After struggling for months to persuade Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. health officials could soon face a fresh challenge: talking vaccinated people into getting booster shots to gain longer-lasting protection as the delta variant sends infections soaring again.

As early as Wednesday, U.S. health authorities are expected to recommend an extra dose of the vaccine for all Americans eight months after they get their second shot, according to two people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.