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FDA advisory panel greenlights Moderna Covid-19 boosters for elderly and at-risk Americans

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An outside advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration unanimously endorsed a booster shot of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine for seniors and those at higher risk from the virus; 3 weeks after greenlighting Pfizer jabs.

The Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted on Thursday in favor of Moderna’s request for boosters, saying that adults 65 and older; as well as younger adults with health problems, jobs or living situations that put them at increased risk of the coronavirus should have access to them, at least six months after their initial two-shot regimen.

 

Moderna announced Tuesday that it had filed the request with the FDA for a decision on the boosters.

 

The vote comes about three weeks after the committee approved the use of boosters for recipients of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

 

The Johnson & Johnson application for boosters is on the agenda on Friday.

 

Though the Biden administration has announced plans to give boosters to everyone; the FDA advisory panel said there was no evidence it was yet time to do so.

 

“I don’t really see a need for a ‘let it rip’ campaign for everyone;” said Dr. Michael Kurilla of the National Institutes of Health, according to AP.

 

The original regimen featured two 100-microgram injections; but Moderna says a single 50-microgram dose should provide a sufficient booster.

 

Side effects and adverse events observed; after the booster under trial conditions were similar to those observed after the second dose, Moderna told the FDA.

 

Halving the dosage would cut down on adverse effects and also leave more vaccines available globally; the company added.

 

As evidence for boosters, Moderna pointed to a study showing 36% fewer ‘breakthrough’ infections among the recently vaccinated, and a study of 344 people indicating that; a 6-month booster increased antibodies.

 

“The data itself is not strong but it is certainly going in the direction that is supportive of this vote;” said Dr. Patrick Moore of the University of Pittsburgh, another member of the committee.

 

One lingering question was that recipients of the Moderna vaccine with severely weakened immune systems have already been recommended for a third full dose; which would make the boosters their fourth.

 

Assuming the FDA accepts the committee’s recommendations; Moderna and J&J boosters will have to be approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) panel, which meets next week.

 

 

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UK TV Show Deletes Poll After 89% Oppose Mandatory Vaccination

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The poll, which asked viewers whether it was “time to make vaccines mandatory” in response to the spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant, was posted to Twitter on Tuesday and soon received more than 42,000 votes.

A whopping 89% of those who voted opposed any scheme to make vaccination mandatory, with just 11% in favor.

After the poll went viral, however, social media users noticed that it had been deleted by the Good Morning Britain Twitter account, and critics accused the program of trying to cover up the public consensus.

“Why did you delete this poll, is it because you were asked? Or because it shows the people don’t support this s**t, this tyrannical future your colleagues seem to want. We see you,” one person said, while another suggested“Guess that wasn’t the answer they were looking for.”

Good Morning Britain – which was hosted by controversial commentator Piers Morgan before his departure in March – did not explain why it removed the poll.

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UK TV Show Deletes Poll After 89% Oppose Mandatory Vaccination

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The poll, which asked viewers whether it was “time to make vaccines mandatory” in response to the spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant, was posted to Twitter on Tuesday and soon received more than 42,000 votes.

A whopping 89% of those who voted opposed any scheme to make vaccination mandatory, with just 11% in favor.

After the poll went viral, however, social media users noticed that it had been deleted by the Good Morning Britain Twitter account, and critics accused the program of trying to cover up the public consensus.

“Why did you delete this poll, is it because you were asked? Or because it shows the people don’t support this s**t, this tyrannical future your colleagues seem to want. We see you,” one person said, while another suggested“Guess that wasn’t the answer they were looking for.”

Good Morning Britain – which was hosted by controversial commentator Piers Morgan before his departure in March – did not explain why it removed the poll.

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UK: UK Pavilion showcases British offshore wind expertise to support Taiwan’s green future

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The British Office Taipei showcased UK expertise across the offshore wind industry with an iconic pavilion at the ‘Energy Taiwan’ exhibition today, demonstrating support for Taiwan’s renewable energy ambitions.

The UK is working closely with all partners, including Taiwan, to inspire global climate action. The UK-Taiwan bilateral collaboration has been stepped up on renewable energy, propelling offshore wind power for generations to come. The UK is committed to sharing expertise on floating offshore wind and multi-use port development as well as skills and workforce planning for the renewable energy sector.

The UK was the first major economy to pass legislation for net zero emissions and has the largest offshore wind capacity in the world. More than thirty UK offshore wind supply chain companies have set up operations in Taiwan, helping to bolster Taiwan’s ambitions to achieve 20.5GW in capacity by 2035.

The UK has shown the world that green and growth go hand in hand, and as a result other economies are already following the UK’s lead with their own net zero targets. When the UK was confirmed as COP26 President, less than 30% of global GDP was signed up to net zero or carbon neutrality targets. Today, in part again because of UK leadership, that figure is now over 80% – and rising.

John Dennis, Representative of British Office Taipei, said at the opening of UK pavilion today:

The UK is a natural partner to Taiwan in its energy transition. A key priority for the British Office Taipei is supporting Taiwan to harness the opportunities of action on climate change and to help power a new era of renewable energy, including offshore wind. There are now more than 30 British offshore wind companies in Taiwan, delivering the full range of maritime technology and services during construction. UK businesses look forward to accelerating support for Taiwan, driving clean growth and green investments in the sustainable technologies of the future.

Taiwan has recently announced it will bring a net zero emissions target by 2050 into law and will also legislate for a carbon pricing scheme. With the UK’s experience and commercial capabilities in the offshore wind supply chain, the UK and Taiwan can work together to cement Taiwan as the Asia Pacific region’s leading offshore wind market.

Eight British companies with business operations in Taiwan are exhibiting at the UK Pavilion, themed around Tower Bridge – an iconic and world-famous British landmark. The companies have been selected to demonstrate the breadth of British expertise including offshore windfarm planning and construction; engineering consultancy; crew transfer vessels; Operations & Maintenance; blade services, floating wind technology; and temporary power and temperature solutions for offshore wind farms.

Welcome to visit UK Pavilion at Energy Taiwan 2021 by 10 December to meet British supply chain businesses and explore future cooperation.

UK Pavilion at Energy Taiwan 2021:

Date: Wednesday – Friday, 8-10 December 2021

Venue: Booth Q0524, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centre Hall II

Eight UK companies presenting at the UK Pavilion: (in alphabetical order)

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