September 19, 2021

FDA overwhelmingly rejects Pfizer booster for anyone 16 and up

An advisory panel for the Food and Drug Administration resoundingly voted against giving Pfizer-BioNtech’s COVID-19 booster shots to those 16 and up. The panel agreed to distribute them only to people aged 65 and those at high risk of severe illness.

Members overwhelmingly voted against the recommendation for everyone 16 and older, citing concerns about the lack of evidence showing boosters are safe and effective for young people.

“We’re being asked to approve this as a three-dose vaccine for people 16 years of age and older, without any clear evidence if the third dose for a younger person when compared to an elderly person is of value,” said committee member Dr. Paul Offit.

The recommendation only applies to those who received the Pfizer vaccine and does not impact those who received Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.


FDA advisory group rejects Covid boosters for most, limits to high-risk groups

September 6, 2021

Pfizer working on COVID-19 pill

Pfizer is working on a pill to combat COVID-19.

The company announced that its first participant entered the second trial phase of the three-phase study of its oral antiviral. The pill is intended to mitigate symptoms and hospitalizations.

The treatment is administered in 12-hour increments for five days to people who are symptomatic but not hospitalized. The trial will consist of 1,140 participants who will either receive the pill or a placebo.

If successful, Pfizer’s oral antiviral could help alleviate the strains on health care systems, as the treatment could help reduce the number of hospitalizations.


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April 16, 2021

Pfizer: People need third dose of COVID-19 vaccine within a year

Thank God it’s Friday, America!

According to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, people who have been fully vaccinated with their COVID-19 vaccine would “likely” need to secure another shot within a year. He added that people may need to get injected every year in order to remain protected against the virus. This is too many injections.

The proposal of several Democratic House members to expand the Supreme Court will face an uphill battle not only from Republicans but also from their party mates. Per House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s standpoint, President Joe Biden’s 36-member commission to review such measures is the way to go.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered over 100,000 Russian troops standby at Ukraine’s border on Wednesday. The massive show of force is a testament of a future war between the two countries. Please keep calm, Mr. Putin!

Google Earth has unearthed a new 3D time-lapse feature, an interesting quick watch to see. Users can see any part of the planet, change the camera angles and pick whatever year they would like to see (from 1984 up to 2020). Amazing!

Experts have forecast that people would be able to video-chat each other via holograms by 2030. How exciting to feel like I’m doing the Star Wars thing!

During Prince Philip’s funeral procession, Queen Elizabeth has ordered Prince William and Prince Harry to be distant from their grandfather’s coffin. The sibling will likely have a close encounter for the first time, after Prince Harry with his wife Meghan Markle decided to abandon the royal family. I don’t think Prince Philip would be happy about that.

Happy weekend,

Fraser Dixon


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