June 13, 2022 — The FDA is gearing up for a busy week – after a busy weekend releasing information about the effectiveness and safety of both the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children under 5 years old and the Moderna vaccine in children 6 months to 17 years of age.
This data comes just before two FDA advisory panels are scheduled to meet Tuesday and Wednesday to recommend whether or not to authorize one or both vaccines in these youngest of Americans. The FDA does not have to follow its panels’ recommendations but often does so.
The Pfizer data shows their vaccine to be 75.6% effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in children 6 months to 23 months old, as well as 82.4% effective for children 2- 4- years-old.
The Moderna data shows the vaccine to be 51% effective in children 6 months to 2 years old and 37% effective in children 2 years to 5 years old.
FDA documents also show that the Moderna vaccine appears safe and effective in 6- to 17-year-old children and teens. The agency noted two doses of the Moderna vaccine trigger an immune response in this age similar to the effectiveness seen in adults.
Asked to comment on the early data on the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and their authorizations, Matthew Harris, MD, medical director for the New Hyde Park based Northwell Health COVID-19 vaccination program said “I would certainly recommend the vaccine once it becomes available.”
Nothing is certain until the FDA decides, though. And if the vote is yes for one or more of these vaccines/age groups, the CDC needs to sign off as well, which could come later this week after the agency hears from two of its own advisory panels..
Harris emphasized the significance of vaccinating children against COVID-19, and the ongoing challenge to convince parents to get the shots for both their younger and older children. “We still have a long way to go for primary vaccines and boosters for children 5 years and above,” he says.
If one or more of these COVID-19 vaccines receives FDA authorization, it is expected that parents can start getting their children and/or teenagers vaccinated the week of June 20. According to Harris, healthcare professionals are expecting a “surge” of COVID-19 cases in the fall season, saying that the “timing of the vaccine is important.”
Congress Under Pressure: Colorado Officials Push for Cannabis Banking Reform
With the end of Congress’ session just around the corner, marijuana advocates, stakeholders and lawmakers continue to push for marijuana banking policy change.
This time, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) joined forces with Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera (D), Attorney General Phil Weiser (D), Treasurer Dave Young (D) and Department of Public Safety (DPS) Executive Director Stan Hilkey in urging congressional leaders to revisit the issue, reported Marijuana Moment.
In a letter sent on Monday to both House and Senate leaders, Colorado officials focused on the impact which a bipartisan marijuana banking bill will have in terms of public safety and industry equity,
“The lack of safe banking and financial services for the cannabis industry in the State of Colorado has become a dire public safety issue for highly regulated cannabis businesses operating in compliance with state …
Original Post: benzinga.com
New Data Shows Weed Legalization a Boon for Real Estate, New Jobs and Tax Revenue
A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank shed light on the economic impact marijuana legalization has had in recent years, reported Marijuana Moment. Policy changes on the state level have resulted in increased commercial real estate demand, as well as a surge in tax revenues while creating more jobs.
According to an analysis from the Kansas City arm of the Central Bank, which collected data from several states under its jurisdiction, the Tenth Federal Reserve District, the cannabis industry has become one of the main economic sectors positioned to grow substantially in the coming period.
“Overall, the marijuana industry has had a significant effect on the economies of Tenth District states in the initial years after legalization,” the report said. “The emergence of the industry has …
Will Missouri Legalize Cannabis? Amendment 3 Suffers Another Attack This Time by State NAACP
Cannabis legalization efforts in Missouri are under attack once again, this time by The Missouri State Conference of the NAACP.
The Missouri NAACP, breaking with chapters in the St. Louis area is urging its members to vote against Amendment 3 on the Nov. 8 ballot, reported the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch.
The group announced Thursday that it believes recreational marijuana legalization, as it is proposed under Amendment 3, would prevent minorities from entering the cannabis industry.
“Marijuana possession should not be a constitutional crime. Additionally, for years now, Black people, other minorities, and people who have been criminalized by marijuana laws in the past have been unable to enter the medical marijuana market,” the Missouri NAACP wrote. “That is not right. In an effort to prevent the permanent exclusion of minorities from the cannabis industry in the state of Missouri, the NAACP calls upon every voter to reject the criminalization of marijuana possession, de facto racist regulation of the cannabis market, and the wool being pulled over our eyes by the supporters of Amendment 3.”
Under Amendment 3, the first “comprehensive” cannabis business licenses would be provided to existing medical marijuana companies.
The state’s chapter highlighted that the amendment “does not increase the number of available full market licenses” and claims that giving “micro” business licenses to disadvantaged groups makes a “very limited” program.
According to Nimrod “Rod” Chapel Jr., president of the Missouri NAACP, members agreed last week …
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