Top in ID: COVID-19 booster recommendation, resistant malaria – Healio

After endorsing her vaccine advisory committee’s recommendations on COVID-19 booster shots, CDC director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, added a recommendation of her own. It was the top story in infectious disease last week.
Other top stories included data on a second dose of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine and new evidence of resistance to malaria treatment in Africa.
Read these and more top stories in infectious disease below:
In ‘scientific close call,’ CDC director adds booster recommendation for HCWs
CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, issued a statement late Thursday night endorsing her vaccine advisory committee’s recommendations — made earlier in the day — on which Americans should be eligible for COVID-19 booster shots. Read more.
J&J reports second dose of COVID-19 vaccine boosts protection to 94%
A second dose of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine given 2 months after the initial shot boosted protection to 94% among people enrolled in a phase 3 trial in the United States, the company said Tuesday. Read more.
Resistant malaria ‘has gained a foothold in Africa’
Researchers identified Plasmodium falciparum that is resistant to artemisinin — the main component of first-line treatments for malaria in endemic areas — among a small group of patients in northern Uganda. Read more.
‘We must redouble our efforts’: More signs HCV care has suffered during pandemic
Because of pandemic-related disruptions in hepatitis C care, researchers said thousands of cases will remain unidentified with fewer patients initiating care and achieving SVR. Read more.
Pfizer vaccine elicits lower antibody levels in older adults
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine elicited “relatively lower” antibody levels in adults aged 50 years or older than in adults aged younger than 50 years, researchers reported in JAMA Network Open. Read more.
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