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A boost in protection is needed to offset the persistent disparities in the toll of COVID between racial and ethnic groups.
The vaccines tend to prevent infection for only a few months, but they offer longer protection against hospitalization and death.
Updated COVID vaccines will be available in some locations this week, with distribution increasing in the coming weeks.
These Basics offer need-to-know facts on a variety of COVID-19 topics.
Updated coronavirus vaccine is recommended for all adults and children ages 6 months and older.
People at lower risk may not need an updated booster, but without a CDC recommendation, insurance companies wouldn’t have to cover it.
People ages 6 months and older are eligible for new Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech boosters targeting XBB.1.5 omicron variant.
Who should get flu, COVID and RSV vaccines—and when?
The confusion about what’s true—and who’s telling the truth—is of critical importance to public health.
Funding includes $1 billion for vaccine trials, $326 million for a new monoclonal antibody and $100 million for novel technologies.
COVID mortality declined overall during the omicron wave but less so for people with HIV.
Antibodies crossed the placenta, likely conferring some protection for newborns immediately after birth.
Americans’ choices, often informed by bad or misleading data, are among the causes of poor health.
Researchers are working on vaccines that will target multiple flu or coronavirus strains.
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