New single-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson expected in Florida this week
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Johnson & Johnson’s single dose coronavirus vaccine cleared one of the final hurdles for distribution and is ready for the public. Ron DeSantis said he expects thousands of doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to arrive in the Sunshine State soon. “You should start seeing Johnson & Johnson sometime this week,” DeSantis said. Some health experts say the new vaccine has proven to be effective against some variants and is better than no protection at all. “We will be delivering vaccine to 1000 Holocaust and Bay of Pigs survivors in the South Florida region,” said FEMA Master Public Information Officer Mike Jachles.
This Week in South Florida: Martha Baker
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – There is a new weapon against COVID-19, the new single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The FDA gave Johnson & Johnson the go-ahead for its vaccine. This week, Broward Health and Miami-Dade Jackson Health System began vaccinating people under 65 with certain medical conditions. Martha Baker is the founding nurse manager of the Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Jackson Health and the President of SEIU Local 1991, the union that represents about 5,000 nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers. She joined This Week in South Florida hosts Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg, and their conversation can be seen at the top of this page.
Drops offer help for droopy eyelids
For many a common effect of aging can be droopy eyelids. The FDA recently approved a prescription eye drop called Upneeq which help temporarily elevate the lid. While studies showed the drops were well tolerated, Olivares said patients with certain underlying eye conditions may not be good candidates for the product which is not covered by insurance. Since research on alcohol and beta blockers is limited, researchers don’t know what dosage of beta blockers might respond to various quantities of alcohol. Health experts says people on beta blockers need to discuss the potential risks with their doctor and in some cases may need to quit drinking.
Chile autoriza uso de la vacuna de Pfizer contra el COVID-19
Este material no puede ser publicado, difundido, reescrito o redistribuido sin permiso. Un sondeo de la privada Universidad del Desarrollo preguntó a 932 personas qué harían si se autorizaba la vacuna sin costo: 39% respondió que se inocularía lo antes posible, 20,2% dijo que no se vacunaría y 21,6% indicó que lo haría sólo si era obligatorio. El resto señaló que aún no tenía una decisión tomada. Piñera asegura que en Chile no se usará ninguna vacuna que no cuente con la aprobación de la FDA y del ISP. If you need help with the Public File, call (954) 364-2526.
'Healing is coming': US health workers start getting vaccine
“Relieved,” proclaimed critical care nurse Sandra Lindsay after becoming one of the first to be inoculated at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. “I feel like healing is coming.”With a countdown of “3-2-1,” workers at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center gave initial injections to applause. It just represents a moral failing,” said Jennifer Nuzzo, a public health researcher at Johns Hopkins. Getting vaccinated is “a privilege,” said Dr. Leonardo Seoane, chief academic officer at Ochsner Health in suburban New Orleans, after getting his dose. And later this week, the FDA will decide whether to green-light the world’s second rigorously studied COVID-19 vaccine, made by Moderna Inc.
The Latest: Tokyo records single-day high in virus cases
People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk underpass in Tokyo, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Japan has seen a steady climb in new cases nationwide in recent weeks, and experts have urged officials to step up preventive measures. Officials announced the severe move Wednesday after a cluster of new coronavirus cases grew to 22. Officials on Wednesday reported 313 new virus cases over the previous 24-hour period — the first time for the daily caseload to exceed 300 since late August. If daily cases rise to 4,500 and hospitalizations top 2,000, the county will impose a three-week lockdown that will restrict people to their homes for all but essential trips.
More antibody testing added in South Florida as leaders await state results
COCONUT GROVE, Fla. On Friday, the state of Florida is expected to release numbers for COVID-19 antibody testing. These numbers will come from data collected at drive-thru sites in Miami Gardens, West Palm Beach, Orlando and Jacksonville. We need very accurate tests, and the FDA let too many tests that were not accurate, says U.S. Rep Donna Shalala, D-Fla.As state numbers are being made public, Coconut Grove is opening a new antibody testing site at the Frankie Rolle Community Center. People would love to know that theyve had the virus and overcome it, Miami-Dade commissioner Xavier Suarez said at the new testing site. Suarez says this site will be reporting results to the state, and they expect to test about 100 people for COVID-19 and administer about 20-30 antibody tests Friday.
Man placed in coma after contracting coronavirus finally released from hospital
Tim Ermatinger, 71, was admitted to the hospitals ICU on March 23 after he began experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19. He was having more and more trouble breathing, Nikki Ermatinger, said, explaining that doctors had tried a number of things to help her husband recover. Nikki Ermatinger said the hospital initially turned away the idea, citing limitations on who can donate, and when, but they eventually decided to move forward with the treatment. I told them, I absolutely positively want them to try this plasma, and I will do whatever it takes to make it happen, Nikki Ermatinger said. The ability to provide convalescent plasma as a treatment option depends on donor blood supply, the hospital said in a statement last month.
How long will it take to have a vaccine for COVID-19?
How long do experts forecast for a COVID-19 vaccine to be created? Moderna, one of the U.S. companies working on a vaccine, said it could have a vaccine ready for a phase one clinical trial in people within three months. Phase I vaccine trials - This is the first attempt to try out the vaccine in a small group of adults -- usually 20 to 80 subjects. Phase II vaccine trials - The vaccine is tested on a larger group of individuals to assess the safety of the vaccine and method of delivery. Phase III vaccine trials - If the vaccine passed the first two phases, it’s then tested on tens of thousands of people to make sure there are few adverse side effects and the vaccine is effective.
Breakstone's Cottage Cheese recalled
FDA via CNN(CNN) - Kraft Heinz Food Company has issued a voluntary recall of three varieties of their Breakstone's Cottage Cheese products due to potential contamination of metal and plastic pieces. The company announced Friday that approximately 9,500 cases of its cottage cheese are being recalled due to contamination concerns which it says have been introduced during production. The recall comes after a customer notified the company that they had found a piece of red plastic in a container of cottage cheese. Three of the company's cottage cheese products are included in the recall -- Breakstone's 2% Milkfat Lowfat Large Curd Cottage Cheese, as well as their small and large curd 4% Milkfat Cottage Cheese. Those who have purchased any of the recalled products should not consume it and return it to the store where it was purchased to receive a refund or exchange, the company advises.
Sanofi issues voluntary recall of Zantac OTC medication
Drew Angerer/Getty Images(CNN) - Sanofi says it's voluntarily recalling its over-the-counter heartburn drug Zantac in the U.S. and Canada because of concerns of potential cancer risks. The FDA has said that some ranitidine medications -- including those known by the brand name Zantac -- contain low levels of an impurity that could cause cancer. Numerous recalls have been launched as the FDA found "unacceptable levels" of nitrosamines in several of those common drugs containing valsartan. Yet that study also noted that research into long-term cancer risk is needed. "Sanofi encourages anyone using Zantac OTC to speak with their health care providers or pharmacists if they have any additional questions," the company's statement said.
NY to require menstrual product packages to list all ingredients
Andrew Cuomo signed a bill requiring menstrual product packages sold in the state to include a list of ingredients in the products. ALBANY, N.Y. - New York just became the first state to require an ingredient list on menstrual product packages, in a move the governor says will "empower women." New York is the first state to legislate this requirement, which people have been advocating for years. "Practically every product on the market today is required to list its ingredients, yet these items have inexplicably evaded this basic consumer protection," Cuomo said in a statement. "Even if they list some ingredients, they may not be listing all of them," he said.
FDA takes major step toward approving first peanut allergy treatment
Copyright 2019 CNNWASHINGTON, D.C. - The US Food and Drug Administration's Allergenic Products Advisory Committee on Friday voted in favor of approving a treatment for peanut allergies in children. While the advisory committee has voted in favor of the treatment, the FDA will make its final approval by January. The agency frequently follows the lead of the advisory committee. If approved, this will become the first FDA approved treatment for peanut allergy. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says that more than 2.5% of American children are allergic to peanuts.
FDA warns companies to stop illegally marketing vape products
Matt Cardy/Getty ImagesWASHINGTON, D.C. - The FDA began to crack down on illegally marketed tobacco products Thursday, issuing warning letters to four companies for allegedly selling e-liquids and hookah tobacco without legal authorization. The products, according to the FDA, lack the necessary marketing authorization to be sold in the United States. Together, they sold 44 flavored e-liquid and hookah products that lacked necessary authorization, the FDA said. A federal judge ruled in May that the FDA acted illegally by allowing e-cigarettes to remain on the market until 2022 before companies applied for FDA authorization. "The FDA stands ready to accelerate the review of e-cigarettes and other new tobacco products," Sharpless said at the time.
Salmonella outbreak could be caused by pig ear dog treats, CDC says
The CDC reported Wednesday it and the FDA are investigating an outbreak of salmonella across 13 states -- and it's linked to contact with pig ear dog treats. (CNN) - Could the treats you're feeding your dog be making you or your family sick? The CDC reported Wednesday it and the FDA are investigating an outbreak of salmonella across 13 states -- and it's linked to contact with pig ear dog treats. In CDC interviews with 38 of those infected, 34 said they had been in contact with a dog before getting sick. Separately, 17 people of 24 interviewed reported contact with pig ear dog treats or dogs fed those treats.
San Francisco bans e-cigarette sales
But will the strict new policy make San Francisco healthier? Because no manufacturers have done that yet, the law will halt all vape sales in about seven months. Undergoing FDA review, which the new San Francisco law demands, would require companies like Juul to provide data to back up their marketing claims, said Lempert. San Francisco's city attorney, Dennis Herrera, echoed those concerns after San Francisco's law passed. "This is a decisive step to help prevent another generation of San Francisco children from becoming addicted to nicotine," he said.