The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine showed 90.7 percent efficacy against the coronavirus in a clinical trial of children 5 to 11 years old, the U.S. drugmaker said on Oct. 22.

The Biden administration on Oct. 20 outlined a plan to vaccinate millions of U.S. children ages 5 to 11 as soon as the Covid-19 shot is authorized for them, readying doses and preparing locations ahead of the busy holiday season.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration greenlit a new indication for Gilead Sciences’ drug Biktarvy for pediatric patients with HIV who are virologically suppressed or new to antiretroviral therapy.

Valneva SE on Oct. 18 said the company’s experimental Covid-19 vaccine demonstrated efficacy “at least as good, if not better” than AstraZeneca’s shot in a late-stage trial comparing the two, with significantly fewer adverse side effects.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Seqirus’ Flucelvax Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine), the company’s cell-based quadrivalent influenza vaccine, for an expanded age indication for children as young as 6 months old.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Enzyvant Sciences’s Rethymic (allogeneic processed thymus tissue-agdc) for children with congenital athymia. 

The Delta variant of the coronavirus does not appear to cause more severe disease in children than earlier forms of the virus, a UK study suggests. Another study found that in Covid-19 survivors, important components of the body’s immune response called memory B cells continue to evolve and get stronger for at least several months, producing highly potent antibodies that can neutralize new variants of the virus.

Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE asked U.S. regulators to authorize emergency use of their Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a group for whom no shot is allowed, Pfizer said on Oct. 7.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Oct. 6 the only approved vaccine against malaria should be widely given to African children, potentially marking a major advance against a disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people annually.

AREA 23 (an IPG Health company) launched the multi-platform campaign “Lil Sugar” in collaboration with global non-profit organization Hip Hop Public Health to raise awareness about the hidden sugars in many foods.