Baby food brands contain ‘dangerous’ toxic metals, US panel finds

United States congressional investigators found “dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals” in certain baby foods that could cause neurological damage, a House of Representatives oversight subcommittee said in a report released on Thursday. The panel examined baby foods made by Nurture Inc, Hain Celestial Group Inc, Beech-Nut Nutrition and Gerber, a unit of Nestle, it […]

German panel advises against AstraZeneca vaccine for over 65s

AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine should only be given to people aged between 18 and 64, Germany’s vaccine committee has recommended, a day ahead of a decision by European regulators on whether to approve the drugmaker’s shot. The recommendation for Germany comes as the European Union, which is scrambling for vaccine supplies, warned AstraZeneca to deliver shots […]

Covid Response Was a Global Series of Failures, W.H.O. Panel Says

Laying bare a yearlong cascade of failures, a World Health Organization panel recounts in a damning report how governments and public health organizations worldwide responded slowly and ineffectively to the coronavirus, despite years of warnings. The interim report, an early blueprint for reform, describes the faulty assumptions, ineffective planning and sluggish responses — including missteps […]

COVID review panel critical of China, WHO delay

Interim report says Chinese officials could have applied public health measures more forcefully, WHO took too long to declare international emergency. Chinese officials could have applied public health measures more forcefully in January with the spread of the coronavirus and the World Health Organization (WHO) took too long to declare an international emergency, an independent […]

US House panel says Trump officials attacked CDC COVID reports

Committee subpoenas documents from acting health secretary and CDC head accusing them of ‘stonewalling’ investigation. US President Donald Trump’s political appointees tried to block or change more than a dozen government reports that detailed scientific findings about the spread of the coronavirus, a House panel investigating the alleged interference said on Monday. Representative James Clyburn, […]

The C.D.C. advisory panel has endorsed the Moderna vaccine.

An independent panel of experts advising the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted on Saturday to endorse a second coronavirus vaccine for use in adults 18 and older. The committee’s recommendation, by a vote of 11 in favor and none against (with three recusals due to conflicts of interest), followed Friday’s announcement that the […]

F.D.A. Panel Endorses Moderna’s Covid-19 Vaccine

Moderna is developing eight other vaccines that use mRNA. The company has tested them in animals and in 1,700 people, and has not had cases of anaphylaxis or other severe allergic reactions linked to the vaccine, Dr. Jacqueline Miller of Moderna said. One anaphylaxis case occurred two months after vaccination, in a person with a […]

US advisory panel endorses Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

The critical decision opens the door for the US Food and Drug Administration to formally approve the COVID-19 vaccine. A United States government advisory panel has endorsed the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, a critical step towards the vaccine’s final approval for eventual distribution across the country. A panel of outside advisers to the US Food and […]

F.D.A. Advisory Panel Gives Green Light to Pfizer Vaccine

Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine passed a critical milestone on Thursday when a panel of experts formally recommended that the Food and Drug Administration authorize the vaccine. The agency is likely to do so within days, giving health care workers and nursing home residents first priority to begin receiving the first shots early next week. The F.D.A.’s […]

US panel says healthcare workers must get COVID-19 vaccine first

A top government panel in the United States has recommended healthcare workers and nursing home residents get the country’s first coronavirus vaccine shots, as nationwide deaths linked to COVID-19 hit the highest number for a single day in six months. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted 13-1 on Tuesday to recommend those groups are […]