Why ‘quantitative tightening’ is the wild card that could sink the stock market

Quantitative monetary easing is credited with boosting stock returns and boosting other speculative asset values ​​by flooding markets with liquidity as the Federal Reserve clawed back billions of dollars worth of bonds during the crisis financial crisis of 2008 and the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 in particular. Investors and policymakers may be underestimating what happens … Read more

Americans may need annual vaccines to protect against Covid-19

CNN — Americans may need just one Covid-19 vaccine each year, federal health officials said Tuesday, saying the country will live with the coronavirus for the foreseeable future. “This week marks a significant shift in our fight against the virus,” said Dr Ashish Jha, who leads the White House’s Covid-19 response team. “It marks our … Read more

COVID Boosters Targeting Omicron Expected This Week, But Experts Fear Low Uptake

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize new COVID-19 booster shots this week that target the latest versions of the omicron variant, but will do so without data from a study showing the shots were safe and worked in humans. Authorizing doses, without data from human tests known as clinical trials, is similar … Read more

Study finds Pfizer’s antiviral has little to no benefit for young adults, and WHO says BA.5 omicron subvariant accounted for 74% of cases in past week

Pfizer’s COVID antiviral, Paxlovid, appears to have little to no benefit for young adults, although it still reduces the risk of hospitalization or death in older adults, according to a new Israeli study. Data from the study of 109,000 patients could renew questions about the US government’s use of Paxlovid, which has become the gold … Read more

‘Parvovirus Disease’ in Michigan Dogs Investigated, Dozens of Deaths Reported

CNN — Canine parvovirus has been identified as the disease that has killed dozens of dogs over the past month in the northern and central parts of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, state officials said Wednesday. It has killed more than 20 dogs in Otsego County alone, usually within days of showing symptoms of vomiting, bloody diarrhea, … Read more

Why Some Vaccinated People Can Still Spread Polio

CNN — So far, there has only been one recent case of polio in the United States, which paralyzed a young adult in Rockland County, New York. One case – and evidence in sewage of further spread – may not seem significant, and Americans are highly vaccinated against polio, which means most people are protected … Read more

Pfizer and BioNTech say data shows COVID vaccine is more than 70% effective in young children, with cases rising in just 7 states

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech on Tuesday offered updated COVID vaccine data supporting efficacy in children 6 months to 4 years old. Businesses EFP, -1.88% BTX, -0.03% said updated analysis of 34 cases occurring at least seven days after a three-dose regimen showed a vaccine efficacy of 73.2% in children in this age group. … Read more

Zoom struggles to convince consumers to pay, and stock slips

Zoom Video Communications Inc. is struggling to convince people to pay for its video conferencing service in the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to a reduced forecast and falling stock price on Monday. Zoom ZM, -2.07% executives slashed their full-year earnings and revenue forecast Monday afternoon, and Zoom chief financial officer Kelly Steckelberg … Read more

Polio and monkeypox demonstrate ‘increased focus’ on viruses

Over two years of COVID-19, and people think differently about viruses. This month, the United States declared monkeypox a public health emergency, and people at high risk of contracting the virus – especially men who have sex with men – are lining the streets town to get vaccinated. An epidemic of avian influenza which raises … Read more

Biden Officials Accelerate Monkeypox Vaccine Effort with 1.8 Million More Doses and Other Milestones

CNN — Top Biden administration officials on Thursday announced new measures to accelerate the U.S. response to the spread of monkey pox among high demand for vaccines and treatments. This includes increasing supply with an additional 1.8 million doses of the Jynneos Monkeypox Vaccine, accelerating the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ vaccine distribution … Read more