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Breaking down booster shot options after FDA panel’s latest recommendation

ABC News’ Stephanie Ramos speaks with ABC News contributor Dr. John Brownstein about the next steps after the FDA advisory panel’s recommendation for the Johnson & Johnson booster shot.
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VIDEO: Breaking down booster shot options after FDA panel’s latest recommendation
21 minutes ago

FDA panel votes to authorize booster shots for Johnson & Johnson vaccine

An independent Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday unanimously recommended a booster dose of Johnson & Johnson's vaccine at least two months after people get the first dose.
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VIDEO: FDA panel votes to authorize booster shots for Johnson & Johnson vaccine
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FDA says Pfizer COVID vaccine looks effective for young kids

Federal scientists say kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine appear highly effective at preventing symptomatic infections among elementary school children
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Lydia Melo, 7, is inoculated with one of two reduced 10 ug doses of the Pfizer BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine during a trial at Duke University in Durham, N.C., Sept. 28, 2021.
October 22

Parents of child trial participants say they 'believe in science'

ABC News’ Kayna Whitworth speaks with Renee and Miguel Chavez and their two children on why they decided to enroll their children in the Pfizer vaccine trial for young children.
October 22
VIDEO: Parents of child trial participants say they 'believe in science'
October 22

‘Very optimistic’ vaccines for kids available by early November: Medical expert

ABC News’ Kayna Whitworth speaks with CDC Pediatric Vaccine Advisory panel member Dr. Yvonne Maldonado on the next steps for authorizing the Pfizer vaccine for young children.
October 22
VIDEO: ‘Very optimistic’ vaccines for kids available by early November: Medical expert
October 22

Aromatherapy spray linked to US deaths faces recall

U.S. health officials may have solved the mystery of how four people in different states came down with a serious tropical disease, even though none had traveled internationally
October 22
FILE - In this Friday, March 6, 2020, file photo, the headquarters for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is shown in Atlanta, Georgia. U.S. health officials said Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, they may have solved the mystery of how four people in different states came down with a deadly tropical disease, even though none had traveled internationally. (AP Photo/Ron Harris, File)
October 22

Judge: Certain California prison guards must be vaccinated

A judge in California has ruled that state prison guards who work in and around facilities’ health care settings must be vaccinated against the coronavirus
October 22
FILE - In this Aug 16, 2016, file photo, a guard opens an entrance to the north segregation section of death row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. A judge in California ruled on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, that certain state prison guards — ones who work in and around facilities' health care settings — must be vaccinated against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
October 22

Supreme Court doesn't block Texas abortion law, sets hearing

The Supreme Court is allowing the Texas law that bans most abortions to remain in place for now, but has agreed to hear arguments in the case on Nov. 1
October 22
October 22

Poles protest on anniversary of ruling restricting abortion

Protests are being held in Warsaw and other Polish cities to mark the one-year anniversary of a constitutional court ruling that severely restricted abortion rights in the country
October 22
Protesters gather near the Polish capital's iconic skyscraper, the Palace of Culture, at a protest demanding abortion rights, in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday Oct. 22, 2021. Protests were held Friday in Warsaw and other Polish cities to mark the one-year anniversary of a constitutional court ruling that restricted abortion rights in the country. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
October 22

Day care owner gets 6 years for hiding 26 kids in basement

A Colorado day care owner convicted of keeping 26 children hidden in the basement of her business in 2019 has received a six-year prison sentence
October 22
FILE - This undated file photo provided by the El Paso County, Colo., Sheriff's Office shows Carla Faith. Faith, a Colorado day care owner convicted of misdemeanor child abuse and other crimes for keeping 26 children hidden in a basement was sentenced Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, to six years in prison. Faith was only licensed to care for up to six children and only two of them were allowed to be under the age of 2. (El Paso County Sheriff's Office via AP, File).
October 22

Ukraine sees new record high in virus deaths, infections

Ukraine’s coronavirus infections and deaths have reached all-time highs for a second straight day, a growing challenge for the country where the share of vaccinated is one of Europe’s lowest
October 22
People wait for their turn at a vaccination center in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Coronavirus infections and deaths in Ukraine have surged to all-time highs amid a laggard pace of vaccination, which is one of the lowest in Europe. (AP Photo/Andriy Andrienko)
October 22

Romania revives restrictions as hospitals struggle, jabs lag

Doctor Petruta Filip is working 100-hour weeks at a hospital in Romania’s capital Bucharest which, like hospitals throughout the country, is struggling under an onslaught of coronavirus patients requiring treatment amid worryingly low vaccination rates
October 22
A member of the medical staff walks in a crowded COVID-19 isolation room at the University Emergency Hospital in Bucharest, Romania, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. In Romania, a European Union country of around 19 million, only 35% of adults are fully inoculated against COVID-19 compared to an EU average of 74%.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
October 22

Belarus scraps short-lived mask mandates amid virus surge

Belarusian authorities have abolished mask mandates, less than two weeks after their introduction for the first time in the pandemic and a day after the country registered a record number of new coronavirus infections
October 22
FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 file photo, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko listens to World Health organization Director for Europe Hans Kluge during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus. Belarusian authorities on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 abolished mask mandates less than two weeks after their introduction for the first time in the pandemic after Lukashenko dismissed them as unnecessary even as the country faced a spike in contagion. (Maxim Guchek/BelTA Pool Photo via AP, File)
October 22

Scientists urge UK to prep rapid return of COVID measures

The British government’s scientific advisers have urged the government to ensure coronavirus restrictions can be introduced rapidly, as the rate of new infections continues to grow
October 22
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson greets 88-year-old Nitza Sarner as she waits to receive a pfizer booster vaccination as he visits a COVID-19 vaccination centre at Little Venice Sports Centre, in London, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)
October 22

Spanish govt returns fines for breaking virus lockdown rules

The Spanish government has ordered that all citizens who paid fines during a nearly 3-month state of emergency declared last year to slow the spread of the coronavirus be remunerated
October 22
October 22

Russia's infections, deaths soar to new record high

Coronavirus infections and deaths in Russia have climbed to another pandemic record high, putting additional strain on the country’s health care system
October 22
An aerial view shows fresh graves at the Yastrebkovskoe cemetery, which serves as one of the burial grounds for those who died of the coronavirus, outside in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. The government coronavirus task force reported 36,339 new confirmed infections and more than thousand deaths in the past 24 hours. That brought Russia's death toll to 227,389, by far the highest in Europe. Moscow Mayor Sergei said all restaurants, cafes and non-food stores, gyms, cinemas and other entertainment venues in the Russian capital will be shut from Oct. 28 to Nov. 7. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)
October 22

More disease, more suicide: Study shows human cost of climate change

"There is no safe temperature rise from a health standpoint."
October 22
Lake Mead is seen in the distance behind a dead creosote bush in an area of dry, cracked earth that used to be underwater near where the Lake Mead Marina was once located on June 12, 2021 in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada.
October 22

Amnesty seeks COVID-19 inquiry into Italian nursing homes

Amnesty International is calling for an independent parliamentary inquiry into COVID-19 deaths in Italian nursing homes and reports of retaliation against nursing home staff who spoke out about unsafe conditions there
October 22
FILE - This Wednesday, April 14, 2020 file photo shows the entrance of the Pio Albergo Trivulzio nursing home, in Milan, Italy. In a statement Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 Amnesty International is calling for an independent parliamentary inquiry into COVID-19 deaths in Italian nursing homes and reports of retaliation against nursing home staff who spoke out about unsafe conditions there. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file)
October 22

As virus cases rise, so do pleas for Russians to get vaccine

In Russia's fifth-largest city, Nizhny Novgorod, seriously ill coronavirus patients at an infectious disease hospital lie in crowded wards with little space between beds
October 22
October 22

Thailand easing tourist quarantine rules in November

Thailand is accelerating plans to reopen the country to foreign tourists, slashing mandatory quarantines beginning Nov. 1 for fully vaccinated visitors arriving by air from 46 countries and territories
October 22
Tourists stand on Bang Tao Beach in Phuket, southern Thailand, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Thailand is accelerating plans to reopen the country to foreign tourists, slashing mandatory quarantines beginning Nov. 1 for fully-vaccinated COVID-19 visitors arriving by air from 46 countries and territories, officials announced Friday. (AP Photo/Patrick Quinn)
October 22

EXPLAINER: Is it time to get a COVID-19 booster? Which one?

Millions more Americans are now eligible for COVID-19 boosters and they can get a different vaccine than their first shots
October 22
FILE - This Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021 file photo shows a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccine clinic in Salt Lake City. U.S. regulators expect to rule Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 on authorizing booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, a Food and Drug Administration official said at a government meeting. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
October 22

German governors press to keep nationwide pandemic rules

Germany’s state governors are pressing for a nationwide legal framework for coronavirus rules to be kept in place, after the outgoing health minister suggested that the current legislation be allowed to expire next month
October 22
October 22

States with cold weather see uptick in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations

As people head indoors for the winter, coronavirus cases may rise, experts say.
October 22
A healthcare worker administers a Covid-19 test at a testing site in Mifflin Square Park in Philadelphia, Aug. 12, 2021.
October 22

A jab in each arm: France vaccinates against flu and COVID

Worried that the flu and COVID-19 could together trigger a winter-time double-whammy of new infections and deaths, France is forging ahead with a nationwide vaccination and booster-shot program against both diseases
October 22
FILE - In this Sept.24, 2021 file photo, a woman gets a COVID-19 Pfizer booster shot in the "Im Lauesch" nursing home of Strasbourg, eastern France. Worried that the flu and COVID-19 could together trigger a winter-time double-whammy of new infections and deaths, France is forging ahead with a nationwide vaccination program against both diseases, offering simultaneous jabs in both arms to millions of at-risk people. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File)
October 22

Qantas moves up flights as Australia expects tourists soon

Qantas Airways has brought forward its plans to restart international travel from Sydney as Prime Minister Scott Morrison predicted tourists would be welcomed back to Australia this year
October 22
Hairdresser Caroline Shamoon of Joey Scandizzo Salon works on a client's hair in Melbourne, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Melbourne, Australia’s most populous city after Sydney, came out of 77 days of lockdown on Friday after Victoria state reached a benchmark of 70% of the target population fully vaccinated. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)
October 21

Less than half of Hispanic patients able to find lifesaving bone marrow match

ABC News’ Alex Perez reports on the difficulties Latino populations face in receiving stem cell donations, as he follows 9-year-old Alfredo Diaz while he battles a rare genetic disorder.
October 21
VIDEO: Less than half of Hispanic patients able to find lifesaving bone marrow match
October 21

New Zealand sets 90% vaccination target to end lockdowns

New Zealand’s government has set an ambitious target of fully vaccinating 90% of all eligible people to end coronavirus lockdowns
October 21
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces in Wellington, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, an ambitious target of fully vaccinating 90% of eligible people to end coronavirus lockdowns. Ardern has been under pressure to provide a pathway to freedom for people living in Auckland, the largest city, who have been in lockdown for more than two months. (Robert Kitchin/Pool Photo via AP)
October 21

COVID vaccine: CDC expands booster rollout, OKs mixing shots

Federal health officials say millions more Americans can get a COVID-19 booster and choose a different vaccine for that next shot
October 21
FILE - This Wednesday, March 31, 2021 file photo shows empty vials of Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination site in Uniondale, N.Y. On Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are slated to discuss who should get extra doses of the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines — and the bigger question of getting a different brand for the booster than people's original vaccination. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
October 21

US health officials expand COVID-19 booster campaign to include all authorized vaccines, mixing of brands.

US health officials expand COVID-19 booster campaign to include all authorized vaccines, mixing of brands.
October 21
October 21

Report: Far-right anti-government group grows significantly

A new report from the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights says a far-right group launched by anti-government activist Ammon Bundy is rapidly expanding nationwide and making inroads into Canada
October 21
FILE - In this April 3, 2021, file photo, Ammon Bundy speaks to a crowd of about 50 followers in front of the Ada County Courthouse in downtown Boise. A far-right group launched the anti-government activist Bundy is rapidly expanding nationwide and making inroads into Canada, according to a new report from the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)
October 21

Biden bill would put US back on path of reducing uninsured

The Democrats’ social spending and climate change bill would put the United States back on a path to reducing its persistent pool of uninsured people
October 21
Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., speaks to reporters after a Democratic policy meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
October 21

Texas urges Supreme Court to leave abortion law in place

Texas is urging the Supreme Court to leave in place its law banning most abortions and telling the justices there’s no reason to rush into the case
October 21
The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. The Biden administration is asking the high court to block the Texas law banning most abortions, while the fight over the measure's constitutionality plays out in the courts. The law has been in effect since September. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
October 21

Moscow closing schools, many businesses as virus deaths soar

Moscow authorities have announced plans to shut restaurants, movie theaters and many retail stories for 11 days starting Oct. 28 as Russia registered the highest daily numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths since the pandemic began
October 21
Medics wearing special suits to protect against coronavirus move a patient with coronavirus at an ICU at the Moscow City Clinical Hospital 52, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Russia hit another daily record of coronavirus deaths Tuesday as rapidly surging infection rates raised pressure on the country's health care system and prompted the government to suggest declaring a nonworking week.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
October 21

California maskless woman in store convicted of trespassing

A Southern California woman who refused to wear a mask or leave a grocery store has been convicted of trespassing and obstructing a business or customers
October 21
October 21

Neurologist pleads not guilty to sexually abusing patients

A neurologist has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he was a serial sexual abuser of women who had gone to him for help with debilitating, chronic pain
October 21
FILE — In this Nov. 21, 2017, file photo, Neurologist Dr. Ricardo Cruciani walks from the center for criminal justice, in Philadelphia, after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges that he groped women at a clinic. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, charged Cruciani with sexually abusing multiple patients that he induced to travel to his offices in Manhattan, Philadelphia and Hopewell, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
October 21

Gov. DeSantis to convene legislature to fight vaccine mandates

DeSantis will call state lawmakers back to work early to pass legislation.
October 21
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Doral Academy Preparatory School in Doral, Fla. Florida filed suit against President Joe Biden's administration Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, claiming his immigration policy is illegal, and DeSantis signed an order barring state agencies from assisting with the relocation of undocumented immigrants arriving in the state. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee. File)
October 21

Clinton, on the mend, 'touched by the outpouring of support'

Former President Bill Clinton has released a video saying he's on the road to recovery after being hospitalized in Southern California for six days to treat an infection unrelated to COVID-19
October 21
Former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leave the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. He was released after being treated for an infection and will head home to New York to continue his recovery, a spokesman said. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
October 21

US salmonella outbreak tied to onions sickens more than 650

U.S. health officials say a salmonella outbreak tied to onions has sickened more than 650 people in 37 states
October 21
October 21

India celebrates 1B vaccine doses, hopes to speed 2nd shots

India is celebrating giving its billionth COVID-19 vaccine dose
October 21
A health worker administers a dose of Covaxin COVID-19 vaccine at a health center in Garia , South 24 Pargana district, India, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. India has administered 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine, passing a milestone for the South Asian country where the delta variant fueled its first crushing surge this year. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
October 21

Ukraine hits all-time death record amid vaccine hesitancy

Coronavirus infections and deaths in Ukraine have surged to all-time highs amid a laggard pace of vaccination, with overall inoculations among the lowest in Europe
October 21
People wait for their turn in a vaccination center in a city mall in Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Coronavirus infections and deaths in Ukraine have surged to all-time highs amid a laggard pace of vaccination, which is one of the lowest in Europe. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
October 21

Mask mandate may relax in some South Florida schools

The mask mandate for students in some South Florida schools could soon be eased as local rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continue to fall
October 21
October 21

Greece: Striking hospital staff hold protest in Athens

Hundreds of Greek state hospital workers have marched through central Athens as part of a 24-hour strike to protest staff shortages and compulsory coronavirus vaccinations
October 21
Healthcare workers shout slogans during a rally organized by their unions outside the Health Ministry in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Hundreds of Greek state hospital workers marched through central Athens as part of a 24-hour strike to protest staff shortages and compulsory coronavirus vaccinations. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
October 21

Belgium braces for another surge in COVID-19 cases

Belgium's government is warning that the country could well be on the cusp of another major surge in COVID-19 cases despite its high vaccination rate
October 21
FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 6, 2020 file photo, Medical personnel work in the intensive care ward for COVID-19 patients at the MontLegia CHC hospital in Liege, Belgium. The government warned Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 that Belgium could well be on the cusp of another major surge in COVID-19 cases despite its high rate of vaccinations. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)
October 21

Can new variants of the coronavirus keep emerging?

The coronavirus that caused the pandemic can keep evolving as long as people are still getting infected, but that doesn’t mean new variants will emerge as regularly or that they’ll be more dangerous
October 21
Will new variants of the coronavirus keep emerging? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)
October 20

Vaccine doubts fuel doctor's rise in Minnesota governor race

A small-town family doctor angling to become Minnesota’s next governor is tapping conservative anger at the Democratic strategy of trying to vaccinate, mask and social-distance America out of the COVID-19 pandemic
October 20
Dr. Scott Jensen, poses in one of his exam rooms that features a MASH television show theme at his Watertown, Minn., clinic, on Sept. 22, 2021. Jensen is a family physician now running for governor. He's become the frontrunner for the GOP nomination on a platform of vaccine skepticism and opposition to the restrictions that Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and President Joe Biden have used to manage the pandemic. AP Photo/Jim Mone)
October 20

Biden administration plans to make vaccines accessible to all children

ABC News’ Linsey Davis speaks with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Vice President Dr. Julie Morita on the Biden administration’s preparations to roll out vaccines to children.
October 20
VIDEO: Biden administration plans to make vaccines accessible to all children
October 20

WHO: Europe the only region with rise in COVID-19 last week

Britain, Russia and Turkey accounted for the most cases.
October 20
People wear face masks as they sit on a bus, in London, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Many scientists are pressing the British government to re-impose social restrictions and speed up booster vaccinations as coronavirus infection rates, already Europe's highest, rise once more. The U.K. recorded 49,156 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, Oct. 18, the largest number since mid-July. New infections averaged 43,000 a day over the past week, a 15% increase on the week before.(AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
October 20

FDA OKs mixing COVID vaccines; backs Moderna, J&J boosters

U.S. regulators are extending COVID-19 boosters to Americans who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine
October 20
October 20

Neurologist arrested on federal charges in sex assault probe

A neurologist who already faces rape charges in New York and New Jersey has been arrested on federal charges alleging he sexually abused pain management patients for the last 15 years
October 20
FILE — In this Nov. 21, 2017, file photo, Neurologist Dr. Ricardo Cruciani walks from the center for criminal justice, in Philadelphia, after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges that he groped women at a clinic. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, charged Cruciani with sexually abusing multiple patients that he induced to travel to his offices in Manhattan, Philadelphia and Hopewell, N.J. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
October 20

Bay Area county fines burger chain over vaccine verification

California’s popular In-N-Out hamburger chain is in trouble with yet another San Francisco Bay Area county over vaccine verifications
October 20
A customer carries food while exiting an In-N-Out restaurant in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. The In-N-Out hamburger chain is sizzling mad after San Francisco shut down its indoor dining for refusing to check customers' vaccination status. The company's Fisherman's Wharf location, its only one in San Francisco, was temporarily shut by the Department of Public Health on Oct. 14. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)