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Children 5-11 to receive Pfizer COVID vaccine in U.S.



The United States will begin inoculating children aged between 5 to 11 with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine

A recent recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated shots of the Pfizer COVID vaccine can start being inoculated into children aged 5 to 11 from next week.

The White House has welcomed the news, enlisting 20,000 health care workers to help support the process and also shipped around 15 million doses ahead of the decision.

The CDC’s Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky says this decision signifies a “momentous day” for the country with the Pfizer jab being the first pediatric COVID-19 vaccine authorised for use in the States.

CDC approves Pfizer for 5-11 year olds. / Image: [Shawn Rocco/Duke University/Handout via Reuters]

Children will get two injections, given 21 days apart

But the vaccine will be given at a lower dosage – one third of the amount provided to teenagers and adults.

Some parents have been counting down the minutes until American regulators clear the vaccine for children, so that it can bring them back to “normal” in person education, as well as sports and other extracurricular activities that have been put on hold due to the pandemic.

Children are generally less likely than adults to suffer from severe cases of Covid, according to the CDC.

The agency revealed at least 2,316 kids ages 5 to 11 have suffered from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, known as MIS-C – a rare but serious Covid-related complication, according to data shared by the CDC at the meeting.

CDC advisor Dr. Matthew Daley said there have been at least 2 million COVID cases in the age group, 8,300 hospitalisations and at least 94 deaths.

Pfizer COVID vaccine to be provided to children aged 5 to 11 in the US from next week. Image: File

FDA modelling for benefits of vaccinating children:

Fully vaccinating 1 million kids ages 5 to 11 would prevent 58,000 Covid infections, 241 hospitalisations, 77 intensive care unit stays and one death, according to a modeled scenario published by the Food and Drug Administration last week.

Up to 106 kids would suffer from vaccine-induced myocarditis but most would recover, according to the agency.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 


Authorities find drug-smuggler’s tunnel under the U.S. and Mexico border



Anti-drug agents have found a smugglers’ tunnel including a rail track, electricity and ventilation system

A drug-smuggler’s tunnel has been unearthed under the U.S. and Mexican border.

It led from the Mexican city of Tijuana to a warehouse located 300 feet from the San Diego border.

Six people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the scheme.

They are accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, among other crimes.

“There is no more light at the end of this narco-tunnel,” says the U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman.

Authorities collect information about the people behind the tunnel.

The tunnel is believed to be over 1,750 feet long, and was fitted out reinforced walls.

Close to 100 tunnels have been found in the same area, but this was one of the largest.

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Finland and Sweden submit applications to join NATO



Finland and Sweden have officially submitted their applications to join NATO

Finland and Sweden have handed in applications to join NATO.

It ends decades of political neutrality for both nations, after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Chief of NATO says the applications are quote an “historic step”.

If their bid is successful, it will bring the alliance’s membership to 32.

While Russia strongly opposes the move, there are also members within NATO’s own ranks voicing their concerns.

Dubbed the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the NATO alliance was founded in 1949

It follows one rule: an attack on one, is an attack on all.

It sought to counter Russian expansion in Europe after World War Two.

But following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, many of its former Eastern European allies joined the alliance, something that has raised concerns in Moscow.

Finland and Sweden need the support of all member states to join. If they’re successful, it will take the alliance to 32 members.

NATO members must spend 2 per cent of their GDP on defence. Finland already meets this target and Sweden says it will do so “as soon as possible”.

The two countries will also bring a range of military might.

Finland has over 19-thousand active troops, and Sweden has over 14-and-a-half thousand.

There are 220 tanks, and over 200 combat aircraft.

Russia believes NATO has been verging on its door stop and is warning both nations against joining.

Turkey’s President is also voicing concerns, saying the two Scandinavian nations should not send delegations to convince him of their bids.

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U.S. warns against hiring North Korean tech workers



The U.S. is warning North Korean workers are trying to find IT jobs by hiding their identities

The U.S. believes workers are seeking to steal money for their home country.

Many of them are allegedly pretending to be from other parts of Asia, according to three U.S. agencies.

The State Department says thousands of highly skilled IT workers are sent around the world to generate revenue to help with North Korea’s weapons production.

“The DPRK [North Korea] dispatches thousands of highly skilled IT workers around the world to generate revenue that contributes to its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes, in violation of US and UN sanctions.”

U.S. State Department

If North Korea is employing workers to fund its missiles program, the move would be in violation of U.N. international sanctions.

“The United States is committed to disrupting illicit DPRK revenue-generating activities, which may facilitate criminal activity, provide direct support to the DPRK’s unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, and threaten international peace and security,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

The country has conducted several missile tests in recent months, including a banned intercontinental ballistic missile.

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