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Children are the next frontier for COVID vaccine clinical trials

Twelve-year-olds are tween-agers, staring down puberty and middle school, surprisingly mature one minute and tortured by angst the next. Some also are scientific pioneers, volunteering for clinical trials to test COVID vaccines in children. Slowly and gingerly, researchers are testing COVID-19 vaccines in younger and younger kids — even as millions of doses are pushed into the arms of their parents — with an eye toward FDA approval in the next year or two. Stephanie Chao, director of pharmacy...
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Children the next frontier for COVID vaccine clinical trials

Twelve-year-olds are tween-agers, staring down puberty and middle school, surprisingly mature one minute and tortured by angst the next. Some also are scientific pioneers, volunteering for clinical trials to test COVID vaccines in children. Slowly and gingerly, researchers are testing COVID-19 vaccines in younger and younger kids — even as millions of doses are pushed into the arms of their parents — with an eye toward FDA approval in the next year or two. Stephanie Chao, director of pharmacy...
Tags: Health, News, Medicine, California, Cdc, Stanford, China, India, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Healthcare, Vaccinations, Fda, Berkeley


First case of COVID-19 UK variant confirmed in Los Angeles County

Public Health officials on Saturday, Jan. 16 confirmed the faster-spreading UK variant of COVID-19 has reached Los Angeles. An infected person, only described as “male,” recently “spent time” in Los Angeles County before traveling to Oregon, where he is currently isolated. The variant was confirmed by Quest Laboratories in Washington state. No other information on where the man was in the LA area was immediately available. Although it is the first confirmed case of the variant in Los Angeles Cou...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, News, Education, California, Cdc, Washington, Oregon, La, Government, Paul Simon, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Public Health


Three local Walmarts and one Sam’s Club temporarily closed for COVID-19 cleaning

Walmart temporarily closed three of its Southern California Walmart stores and a Sam’s Club supermarket Wednesday afternoon so third-party cleaning crews have time to clean and sanitize the buildings to guard against the spread of COVID-19. The closures affected the company’s Downey Neighborhood Market at 1445 E. Foothill Blvd., its Torrance supercenter at 22015 Hawthorne Blvd., its Huntington Beach supercenter at 8230 Talbert Ave. and a Sam’s Club at 871 Firestone Blvd. in South Gate. The Walma...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Local News, Sam, Huntington Beach, San Clemente, South Gate, Sam s Club, Southern California Walmart, Hawthorne Blvd, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


COVID deaths in U.S. hit another one-day high at over 4,300

Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. hit another one-day high at over 4,300 with the country’s attention focused largely on the fallout from the deadly uprising at the Capitol. The nation’s overall death toll from COVID-19 has eclipsed 380,000, according to Johns Hopkins University, and is closing in fast on the number of Americans killed in World War II, or about 407,000. Confirmed infections have topped 22.8 million. With the country simultaneously facing a political crisis and on edge over threats ...
Tags: Health, News, California, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, Johns Hopkins, Trump, Rialto, Gilligan, Johns Hopkins University, Tommy John, Dawn Wells, National News


Photos: What a difference a year makes along Pasadena’s Rose Float route

Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena is without floats, bands, horses and large crowds on New Years Day after the Tournament of Roses canceled the 2021 Rose Parade due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer) What a difference a year can make. On Jan. 1, 2020, the streets of Pasadena were packed with colorful floats, brassy marching bands and throngs of parade viewers. No Rose Parade starting at 8 am at Orange Grove Blvd. and...
Tags: Health, Business, Texas, News, Government, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Glendale, Community, Pasadena, Rose Bowl, Rita Moreno, Phoenix, Pasadena CA, Irwindale


When can I get the COVID-19 vaccine? And other questions

After dealing with health concerns, restricted activities and a longing to return to normal for more than nine months, the arrival of not one but two COVID-19 vaccines is great news, right? Yes, but it’s also the start of a likely months-long process, and it comes with a whole new set of questions, some of which we don’t know the answer to yet. Read on for some of those questions, and the best answers we could find – and we’ll be updating this list as we learn more, so check back later for more ...
Tags: Health, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Food And Drug Administration, Community, Local News, Orange County, Riverside County, Ducks, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County


122 workers test positive for COVID-19 at In-N-Out locations in Colorado

The COVID-19 outbreaks at Colorado’s two In-N-Out Burger restaurants have grown over the last week, with the state now reporting 122 employees have tested positive for the virus between the chain’s Aurora and Colorado Springs locations. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s outbreak database, updated publicly every Wednesday, now shows 80 confirmed staff cases at the Colorado Springs restaurant and 42 confirmed cases among employees at the Aurora location. Last week, the two...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Colorado, California, Restaurants, US, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Colorado Springs, Aurora, In N Out Burger, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE


California announces first case of coronavirus variant

SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced the first known case of the new and apparently more contagious variant of the coronavirus in the nation’s most populated state, following the first reported U.S. case in Colorado. Newsom said he had just learned of the finding in a Southern California case Wednesday. He announced it during an online conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious-disease expert. Fauci said: “I don’t think Californians should think that ...
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Colorado Guardsman has 1st reported U.S. case of coronavirus variant

DENVER — A Colorado National Guard member has the first reported U.S. case of a new and seemingly more contagious variant of the coronavirus that has set off alarm in Britain, while a second case is suspected in another Guard member, health officials said Wednesday. The two were sent on Dec. 23 to work at a nursing home struggling with an outbreak of the virus in a small town outside Denver, said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, the state’s epidemiologist. A state laboratory detected the cases after it began...
Tags: Health, Japan, England, Science, London, News, Colorado, China, Sport, Britain, Soccer, South Africa, United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, Seattle, Denver


Colorado first state in U.S. to confirm new, more contagious strain of COVID-19

Colorado public health officials on Tuesday confirmed the presence of the new variant of COVID-19 first discovered in the United Kingdom, saying the state is the first to identify the strain in the United States. The variant is believed to be as much as 70% more contagious, but not more severe in symptoms, than previous strains of the novel coronavirus. It is also thought the COVID-19 vaccines the state began distributing earlier this month will protect against the variant, according to a news r...
Tags: Health, News, Colorado, France, Sport, Canada, Britain, Soccer, United States, United Kingdom, Associated Press, Alexander, McConnell, Polis, Jared Polis, Elbert County


Southern California likely to remain on stay-home orders, Gov Newsom says

The regional stay-at-home order affecting Southern California until Monday Dec. 28 will likely be extended, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a midday briefing from his residence where he was quarantining. Newsom was said to have entered a 10-day mandatory quarantine after a staffer tested positive for the coronavirus. Given the skyrocketing number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths in recent weeks, Newsom said the stay-at-home orders for Southern California and San Joaquin would l...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Department Of Defense, Sport, Britain, Soccer, Community, Pfizer, Lausd, San Joaquin, Gavin Newsom, Southern California


Gov. Newsom to quarantine; staffer tests positive for virus

SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Gavin Newsom will quarantine for 10 days after one of his staffers tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesperson for the governor’s office. The staffer tested positive Sunday afternoon, the spokesperson stated. Newsom was then tested and his result came back negative. The staffer also had contact with other staff members, who were also tested. Their results came back negative. Newsom’s 10-day quarantine is out of “an abundance of caution,” the statement s...
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People over 75, essential workers are next in line for COVID vaccine

NEW YORK — An expert committee put people 75 and older and essential workers like firefighters, teachers and grocery store workers next in line for COVID-19 shots as a second vaccine began rolling out Sunday to hospitals, a desperately needed boost as the nation works to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control. The developments occurred as the nation seeks to ramp up a vaccination program that only began in the last week and so far has given initial shots to about 556,000 Americans, accordi...
Tags: Health, Business, New York, News, Nbc, California, Cdc, Germany, Alabama, Sport, Joe Biden, Cnn, Soccer, Wyoming, Army, Food And Drug Administration


2nd COVID-19 vaccine authorized in U.S. is shipped out

OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. — Initial shipments of the second COVID-19 vaccine authorized in the U.S. left a distribution center Sunday, a desperately needed boost as the nation works to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control. The trucks left the Memphis-area factory with the vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. and the National Institutes of Health. The much-needed shots are expected to be given starting Monday, just three days after the Food and Drug Administration authorized their emergency rollou...
Tags: Health, Business, Science, News, Nbc, Congress, Cdc, Germany, US, Alabama, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Army, Food And Drug Administration, Cbs


Congressional deal on Fed removes obstacle to agreement on COVID relief

By ANDREW TAYLOR and CHRISTOPHER RUGABER WASHINGTON — Top congressional lawmakers struck a late-night agreement on the last major obstacle to a COVID-19 economic relief package costing nearly $1 trillion, clearing the way for votes as early as Sunday. A Democratic aide said in an email that an agreement had been reached late Saturday and that compromise language was being finalized to seal a deal to be unveiled on Sunday. The breakthrough involved a fight over Federal Reserve emergency powers th...
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Southern California’s ICU capacity falls to 0%, an alarming sign amid deepening coronavirus surge

Southern California’s intensive-care unit bed capacity fell to 0% on Thursday, Dec. 17, an alarming nadir for the region’s healthcare system — though one that had seem like an inevitability for more than a week as the worsening coronavirus surge sapped available ICU beds daily. Thursday’s decline from 0.5% the day before was the 10th consecutive day available ICU bed capacity dropped. The metric, which state officials update daily, has become the critical marker in the fight against the coronavi...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Government, Sport, Soccer, Community, Southern California, San Bernardino, State, Los Angeles County, California Department of Public Health, Barbara Ferrer, California Nurses Association, Los Angeles Orange Riverside


More Southern California kids are killing themselves during coronavirus pandemic

Melinda Robbins was driving home with her family in late August when she learned a former student had killed himself. “I cried all the way home,” the high school language arts teacher said. “His passing broke me.” In spring, the boy left her class at Lee Pollard High School in the Corona-Norco Unified School District and shifted to home schooling. “This is not the first student that I’ve lost in my career, and I hope and pray it will be the last,” Robbins said. More Southern California children ...
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Intensive-care bed capacity at Southern California hospitals tumbles to 0.5%

The number of available intensive-care unit beds at Southern California hospitals has declined for the ninth consecutive day, tumbling to 0.5% capacity Wednesday, Dec. 16 —  rekindling alarm among public health and hospital officials. The index, posted by state public health officials amid the deepening coronavirus surge, fell more than a percentage point from Tuesday’s 1.7% level. The closely watched ICU metric triggered a state-mandated stay-at-home order when Southern California’s capacity tu...
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Southern California nursing homes ready for their own coronavirus vaccine rollout

Nursing homes around the region were gearing up Monday, Dec. 14, to receive the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines for their staff and residents while battling the region’s explosive surge of novel coronavirus cases. Los Angeles County announced last week that it was pulling nursing homes out of a federal COVID-19 vaccine distribution program with Walgreens and CVS in order to have “quicker vaccination and higher vaccine coverage.” Facilities in the county are now readying to conduct vaccinations ...
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COVID-19 vaccine shipments begin in historic U.S. effort

PORTAGE, Michigan — The first of many freezer-packed COVID-19 vaccine vials made their way to distribution sites across the United States on Sunday, as the nation’s pandemic deaths approached the horrifying new milestone of 300,000. The rollout of the Pfizer vaccine, the first to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, ushers in the biggest vaccination effort in U.S. history — one that health officials hope the American public will embrace, even as some have voiced initial skepticism or...
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White House threatens FDA chief’s job over vaccine approval

By Jonathan Lemire, Darlene Superville and Matthew Perrone | The Associated Press White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Friday pressed Food and Drug Administration chief Stephen Hahn to grant an emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine by the end of the day or face possible firing, two administration officials said. The vaccine produced by Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech won a critical endorsement Thursday from an FDA panel of outside advisers, and signoff fr...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, News, White House, Sport, Soccer, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Pfizer, Donald Trump, Trump, Matthew Perrone, Pfizer Inc, EUA, Meadows


Coronavirus: Southern California’s available ICU beds drop to 7.7%

Southern California’s intensive-care unit availability dropped to 7.7%, according to a Thursday, Dec. 11, update from the California Department of Public Health — down from Wednesday’s 9% mark. The number has continued to fall consistently after the number triggered strict stay-at-home restrictions from state officials last weekend, as the resurgent outbreak worsens in Southern California’s “Region 5” footprint. Meanwhile, another California region is subject to the stay-at-home order as ICU spa...
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Why intensive-care unit beds are focus of coronavirus shutdowns

At the heart of the state’s latest coronavirus stay-at-home orders, which Southern California triggered over the weekend, sits a single metric: Available intensive-care unit beds. That metric, established by the California Department of Public Health, is the most-recent wonky medical term to take a starring role in gauging the state’s fight against the coronavirus — and it is one that officials say is key to preventing the healthcare system from being overrun. Under the new state policy in Calif...
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UK gives first COVID-19 vaccine doses, and seniors are at front of the line

By DANICA KIRKA | Associated Press LONDON — A retired British shop clerk received the first shot in the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program Tuesday, signaling the start of a global immunization effort intended to offer a route out of a pandemic that has killed 1.5 million. Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week, got the shot at 6:31 a.m. on what public health officials have dubbed “V-Day.” She was first in line at University Hospital Coventry, one of several hospitals around the country that...
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Mystery illness baffles experts in India

By ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL | AP Science Writer NEW DELHI — Health officials and experts are still baffled by a mysterious illness that has left over 500 people hospitalized and one person dead in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The illness was first detected Saturday evening in Eluru, an ancient city famous for its hand-woven products. People started convulsing without any warning, said Geeta Prasadini, the director of public health. Since then, symptoms ranging from nausea and anxiety to ...
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President-elect Biden picks Xavier Becerra as health secretary, the 1st Latino in the role

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has picked California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to be his health secretary, putting a defender of the Affordable Care Act in a leading role to oversee his administration’s coronavirus response. If confirmed by the Senate, Becerra, 62, will be the first Latino to head the Department of Health and Human Services, a $1-trillion-plus agency with 80,000 employees and a portfolio that includes drugs and vaccines, leading-edge medical research and health ins...
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Will the U.S. ever have a national COVID-19 testing strategy?

NEW YORK — As the coronavirus epidemic worsens, U.S. health experts hope Joe Biden’s administration will put in place something Donald Trump’s has not — a comprehensive national testing strategy. Such a strategy, they say, could systematically check more people for infections and spot surges before they take off. The health experts say it would be an improvement from the current practice, which has professional athletes and students at elite universities getting routine tests while many other Am...
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With the pandemic boosting college stress, the UC system is boosting the course “Life 101”

Life would be easier if it came with instructions. For students throughout the University of California system, it soon will. Starting next month, “Life 101,” a two-unit course taught at UC Irvine since 2013, will be expanded and made available for students at any UC campus. In addition to helping students in everything from nutrition to health management, the course teaches students how to recognize and manage stress. With the pandemic in full swing, stress is ratcheting up. “My goal is for stu...
Tags: Health, News, Education, College, Sport, Soccer, Higher Education, Black Lives Matter, UC Berkeley, University Of California, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Ucla, UCI, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Jafari


LA County’s card rooms deal final hands before shutting down again amid coronavirus restrictions

Nghi Nguyen of Garden Grove plays a hand at The Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens on Sunday November 29, 2020. The casino shut down Sunday at 10 PM which was the last day they’re allowed to operate. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer) Customer Service Representative Mike Vassal cleans a table space before a new player sits down at The Gardens Casino in Hawaiian Gardens on Sunday November 29, 2020. The casino shut down Sunday at 10 PM which was the last day they’re allowed ...
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