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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 consumer-packaged goods and retail industries are pressing the White House for more details on how to implement a sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandate within the private sector.

In a letter Monday to President Joe Biden, the Consumer Brands Association included a list of more than a dozen questions from its member companies regarding requirements for vaccination, testing and other logistics.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said he would support a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for all air travel in the US.

“I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people that you should be vaccinated,” the White House chief medical adviser said in an interview with theSkimm podcast, The Hill reported.

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A contaminant found in a batch of Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccines delivered to Japan is believed to be a metallic particle, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported, citing sources at the health ministry.

Japan on Thursday suspended the use of 1.63 million doses shipped to 863 vaccination centers nationwide, more than a week after the domestic distributor, Takeda Pharmaceutical, received reports of contaminants in some vials.

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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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The American Medical Association (AMA) is urging the public and private sectors to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory, saying the move is key to getting the year-and-a-half long pandemic under control.

On Tuesday, the country’s leading doctor group pointed out that recent efforts to incentivize vaccinations by offering cash, prizes, scholarships and other perks have not achieved the high vaccination rates needed to tame the highly-contagious Delta variant and that mandates are the best way forward.

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Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) said a booster shot of its single-dose COVID-19 vaccine generated a promising immune response among participants in early-stage clinical trials.

In a press release Wednesday, the pharmaceutical company said that trial participants who received a booster shot had a “nine-fold” increase of virus-fighting antibodies compared to what was observed four weeks after the initial dose.

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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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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, believes COVID-19 vaccine requirements at businesses, schools and other institutions are an “absolutely reasonable” policy that will create “a safe environment” for all.

During an appearance Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Murthy encouraged all decision makers in the private sector and educational system to consider enacting such a rule, especially as the country continues to endure yet another wave of outbreaks.