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Moderna COVID-19 vaccine appears safe, shows signs of working in older adults: study

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) – Results from an early safety study of Moderna Inc’s <MRNA.O> coronavirus vaccine candidate in older adults showed that it produced virus-neutralizing antibodies at levels similar to those seen in younger adults, with side effects roughly on par with high-dose flu shots, researchers said on Tuesday. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, offers a more complete…

Two universities welcomed students on campus. Only one tested for Covid-19

Photograph: Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images As the sun disappeared behind the chapel on Duke University’s West Campus on a recent Sunday, a takeover was under way. Several masked undergraduate students milled about, reading in the grass, skateboarding across the quad and generally enjoying the brilliant late summer weather. In a normal year, freshmen and sophomores stick to the university’s nearby East Campus, while West Campus…

ICE reverses COVID-19 measure, says it will resume arresting non-criminal migrants

U.S. immigration officials quietly announced they would resume regular apprehension and detention practices, an apparent reversal from an earlier temporary suspension of non-criminal enforcement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Late Friday afternoon, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement updated its COVID-19 information webpage to say that the agency is “confident that our officers can properly and safely carry out operations.” The statement continued: “To help mitigate…

As American, United, other airlines roll out passenger testing for COVID-19, here’s what you need to know

Airlines hope a breakthrough to reassure passengers worried about contracting the coronavirus on flights is finally coming – the ability to offer testing. On Tuesday, American Airlines joined JetBlue Airways, United and Hawaiian airlines in announcing it plans to provide tests that can prove passengers don’t have COVID-19, allowing them to bypass quarantine restrictions depending on where they are traveling. “Our plan for this initial phase of preflight testing reflects…

COVID-19 cases rising among adolescents in US

Coronavirus infections are rising among American children, with the sharpest spike recorded among adolescents, according to new research. The portion of children under the age of 18 diagnosed with COVID-19 soared between April to September, rising from 2.2 percent to 10 percent of all reported coronavirus cases nationwide, researchers at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association found in a study published…

Fauci says US ‘is not in a good place’ with the coronavirus

With the global coronavirus death toll topping 1 million, Dr. Anthony Fauci gave a grim assessment of the pandemic’s impact in the US — which he said “is not in a good place” with more than 205,000 lives lost, according to a report. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has warned repeatedly that the country is reporting more than 40,000…

White House touts improvements in COVID-19 testing (again)

WASHINGTON — The setting was familiar, and so were the assurances. Speaking from the Rose Garden on Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump promised a “massive and groundbreaking expansion” in the nation’s ability to perform diagnostic tests for the coronavirus.  “We are now at an inflection point in testing,” said Adm. Brett Giroir, a high-ranking Department of Health Human Services official who is in charge of…

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