Currently “No Evidence” Healthy Kids Need COVID-19 Booster, Says Top WHO Scientist

There’s “no evidence right now” that healthy kids and adolescents need COVID-19 booster shots, says the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Chief Scientist.

The WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) is set to meet later this week to discuss how countries should deal with authorizing and distributing third-dose booster shots. There’s a bunch of thorny issues to unpick – from global vaccine inequality to the effectiveness of the current vaccines against new variants – but one thing that sounds surprisingly clear is the WHO’s stance on booster doses for healthy children. 

“There is no evidence right now that healthy children or healthy adolescents need boosters. No evidence at all,” Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at the WHO, said at a media briefing on Tuesday.

The WHO has said it’s especially aware that many parts of the world still have extremely low vaccination rates, while other parts have vaccinated

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UNLV, CSN and NSC students staff COVID-19 vaccination sites

UNLV nursing student Bianca Rodriguez-Villanueva is one of many future medical professionals racking up “clinical hours” required for graduation while also helping to meet an urgent public health need — administering COVID-19 vaccinations.

The 26-year-old said the most practice she had giving injections was during a clinical last semester at University Medical Center, which made working at UNLV’s vaccination site for a full day last month a little nerve-wracking.

But it was also meaningful.

“For me personally, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it was a very emotional experience in particular,” Rodriguez-Villanueva said.

A few of her relatives in Mexico have died from COVID-19 and others are currently sick with the disease caused by the new coronavirus. By helping administer the vaccine, Rodriguez-Villanueva said she hopes she can help prevent others from losing loved ones.

Related: Clinic for 2nd vaccine doses opens at Las Vegas Convention Center

UNLV, which also

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Eighty-Three Percent of Health Insurance Brokers Report Employers Rely on Them to Contain Health Care Costs Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

BURLINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 2, 2021–

DirectPath, the company that guides employees to make better health care decisions, today unveiled new research, The 2021 Benefits Broker: Year-round Strategies to Keep Employer Costs Down During a Pandemic. The report, which includes results from an annual survey of more than 100 health insurance brokers, highlights the important role price transparency services have played in helping employers contain benefit costs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, the survey shows that 83 percent of brokers currently provide some sort of health care transparency and clinical advocacy services to help employers contain costs and 23 percent of respondents report they will be adding new advocacy and transparency-focused product and service offerings to meet this growing demand.

How Brokers Are Helping Navigate COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic shut down much of daily life across the globe, more than 4 in 10 Americans reported delaying or

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Developer of the World’s First Instant COVID-19 Test, Blink Science, Inc., Will Help Lead Global Medical Passport Initiatives

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ATLANTA, Feb. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Blink Science, Inc., a global company that is revolutionizing point-of-care medical diagnostics and data systems, will lead global initiatives to unify medical passports.

Blink Science will help drive international, public-private coalitions such as The Commons Project and the Vaccination Credential Initiative as they leverage technology to safeguard public health and enable individuals to share verified health data. Other coalition members include Carin, Cerner, Epic, Evernorth, IBM Watson, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, Mitre, Oracle, Safe Health, and Salesforce.

Blink Science is developing blinkPASSPORT™ — an app-based medical passport platform that will empower individuals to carry their own verified COVID-19 test results and vaccination records on their phones and tablets and share them securely. Organizations and venues will use the companion blinkVERIFY™ app to scan blinkPASSPORT

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