COVID Updates: Pfizer to start testing vaccine on kids

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NEW YORK (WABC) – Drug maker Pfizer plans to test its COVID-19 vaccine on children 12 years and older.

This will be the first coronavirus vaccine study children will participate in in the United States.

The Vaccine Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital says teens ages 16 and 17 will get the vaccine this week.

Children between the ages of 12 and 15 will be included in the study later.

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Sweet 16 Party COVID spread
A Long Island venue is fined more than $ 10,000 after hosting a Sweet 16 party that saw 37 people in attendance test positive for coronavirus.

Vaccination attempt canceled
A phase 3 study for the treatment of Eli Lilly’s monoclonal antibody COVID-19 has been suspended due to possible safety concerns.

“Safety is of the utmost importance to Lilly,” the drug company said in a statement. “We understand that the independent ACTIV-3 Data Security Monitoring Board (DSMB) has cautionarily recommended suspending registration. In the study, Lilly’s neutralizing antibody for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospital patients was evaluated by the National Allergy Institute and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Lilly supports the decision of the independent DSMB to carefully ensure the safety of patients participating in this study. “”

5 suspected COVID-19 cases at the same EMS station in Queens
The FDNY claims to have suspected five cases of COVID-19 at the same EMS station in Queens. All five department members are on vacation from Emergency Station 49 at 25-3 Hoyt Avenue.

Last week the NYPD announced that they had 36 suspected cases in the first week of October.

The New York Philharmonic concerts were canceled until June 2021
The New York Philharmonic has canceled all previously scheduled concerts from January 6, 2021 to June 13, 2021 due to COVID-19.

The Philharmonic had previously announced that concerts would not take place until January 5, 2021. This is the first time in its 178-year history that the New York Philharmonic has been forced to cancel an entire concert season.

Support for small business in NJ
Governor Phil Murphy and other officials announced $ 112 million in funding for small businesses and families due to the coronavirus pandemic in New Jersey.

Trick or treat is not allowed in 3 cities in New Jersey amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Three cities in New Jersey have announced that trick or treating will not be allowed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials in Glen Ridge said Tuesday that it is in everyone’s best interests that traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is not allowed from October 29 to November 1. The Bound Brook Emergency Management Bureau and the Plainfield Mayor also announced all Halloween public events, including trick or treating.

Cristiano Ronaldo tests positive
Cristiano Ronaldo has tested positive for the corona virus, the Portuguese Football Association said on Tuesday. The association said Ronaldo was fine and had no symptoms. It was not said when he tested positive.

Ronaldo played in the 0-0 draw in France in the Nations League on Sunday and the 0-0 draw against Spain in a friendly last week. Ronaldo was dropped from the Nations League game against Sweden on Wednesday.

The association said Ronaldo’s result sparked another round of testing for the rest of the Portuguese squad. It was said that everyone else on the team had tested negative.

NYC has health office hours
New York City is open Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Dr. Jay Varma online. People can ask questions to the city health officer and he will answer their questions. People can watch online on the mayor’s website, as well as on their YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages. You can ask questions with #NYCOfficeHours.

Eatontown Licensing / Regional Center closed for the week
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has announced that the Eatontown Licensing / Regional Center will be closed with immediate effect until Saturday, October 24th, because an employee has tested positive for COVID-19.

Eatontown Road Test Operations are located in a separate facility and remain open for appointments. The Eatontown Inspection Station will be closed on Tuesday, October 13th, but will reopen for normal operations on Wednesday, October 14th.

The employee who tested positive was last at the Eatontown Licensing / Regional Center on Friday, October 9th. The center will be cleaned and will remain closed until Saturday, October 24th, once the contact tracers have cleared a sufficient number of employees for the reopening or a required quarantine is complete.

The new COVID test plan could reopen flights between NY and London by Christmas
Airlines and federal officials are working on a COVID test plan that could reopen flights between New York and London by Christmas.

They say they are trying to create what is known as an “airlift” between cities. This means travelers are tested before they fly from either location.

The protests continue after activist Heshy Tischler attacked the reporter
Activist Harold “Heshy” Tischler was released from police custody late Monday evening after he was arrested during a demonstration against new restrictions in some areas of New York and charged with alleged assault on an Orthodox Jewish reporter.

The NYPD said Tischler was taken into custody Sunday. He was accused of instigating rioting and illegal detention following an attack by protesters on the journalist last week.
Some indoor sports can resume in NJ – here are the restrictions
Some indoor sports can resume in New Jersey with limited capacity, announced a new contract signed by Governor Murphy.

The order enables non-contact exercises and competitions carried out indoors to be at the current indoor collection limit of 25%. The limit cannot exceed 25 people or be smaller than 10 people.

Johnson & Johnson Temporarily Suspends COVID-19 Vaccine Study After “Unexplained Disease”
Drug maker Johnson + Johnson said Monday it had suspended the advanced clinical trial of its experimental coronavirus vaccine because of an unexplained disease in one of the volunteers.

“According to our guidelines, the participant’s illness is checked and assessed by the ENSEMBLE Independent Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) as well as our internal clinicians and safety doctors,” the company said in a statement. ENSEMBLE is the name of the study.

NJ MVC announces that a regional center will be closed due to a positive COVID test
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission has announced that the Eatontown Licensing / Regional Center will be closed with immediate effect until Saturday, October 24th, because an employee has tested positive for COVID-19. Eatontown Road Test Operations are located in a separate facility and remain open for appointments. The Eatontown Inspection Station will be closed on Tuesday, October 13th, but will reopen for normal operations on Wednesday, October 14th.

Governor Murphy signs executive order allowing some indoor sports to resume
On Monday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order allowing some indoor sports to resume with restrictions. The order enables contact and non-contact exercises and competitions for some indoor and outdoor sports. Indoor activities are limited to 25% capacity and must not exceed 25 people or be smaller than 10 people.

Trump’s latest health update
President Donald Trump’s doctor, Dr. Sean Conley says the president tested negative for COVID-19 “on consecutive days”. “In response to your query about the President’s recent COVID-19 tests, I can tell you that he tested negative on the Abbot BinaxNOW antigen card on consecutive days,” the White House press release said.
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