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Both FDA and CDC have given the nod for Americans aged 50 years and up to receive a second booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech. Older adults should wait at least four months after receiving an initial booster before getting a fourth dose, and the brand of vaccine they received earlier is not a factor. The extra layer of protection is "especially important for ...

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In mid-February 2022, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed several pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) reforms into law, including bills that prohibit discrimination against pharmacies that PBMs do not have a relationship with solely because of that lack of relationship. Licensure House Bill 4348 requires PBMs to have licenses and file transparency reports with state officials to p...

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White House officials say there are insufficient funds to buy a potential fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine for everyone in the country. Administration officials say they have obtained enough doses to cover a fourth dose for individuals aged 65 years and older and the initial regimen for children younger than age 5 years, if regulators determine these doses are necessary. However, the officials n...

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The coronavirus vaccines most widely used in the United States remained highly effective at preventing the worst outcomes from infections even in the face of the highly transmissible omicron variant in January, a report released Friday by federal disease trackers shows. While protection against mild illness waned over time, the mRNA vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech provided a...

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Pfizer Inc. and partner BioNTech SE have asked U.S. health regulators to authorize a second booster dose of their Covid-19 vaccine for people 65 years and older. The companies said Tuesday that they had filed the application. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to make a decision in time for the Biden administration to begin a potential fall vaccine campaign. The...

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