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Indiana coronavirus updates for November 19, 2021

The latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic from Friday, November 19, 2021.

INDIANAPOLIS — Here are Friday’s latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic, including the latest on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing in Indiana.

Registrations for the vaccine are now open for Hoosiers 5 and older through the Indiana State Department of Health. This story will be updated during the day with more news about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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US extends COVID boosters to all adults, last hurdle ahead

U.S. regulators have opened COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, expanding the government’s campaign to bolster protections and stay ahead of rising coronavirus cases that could worsen with the holidays.

Pfizer and Moderna announced the Food and Drug Administration’s decision Friday after at least 10 states had already started offering boosters to all adults.

The latest move simplifies what has been a confusing list of eligibility, allowing anyone 18 or older to choose the booster from either company six months after their last dose — regardless of which vaccine they had first.

But there’s one more step: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must agree to extend Pfizer and Moderna boosters to even healthy young adults, and the scientific advisors will debate later Friday.

Latest US, world numbers

According to Johns Hopkins University, as of 3:30 a.m. Friday, there have been more than 47.53 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States. More than 768,600 deaths have been recorded in the US

Worldwide, there are more than 256.09 million confirmed cases of coronavirus with more than 5.13 million deaths and more than 7.60 billion doses of vaccine administered worldwide.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and those with pre-existing health conditions, it can cause a more serious illness, such as pneumonia or death.

Pfizer, $5.29 Billion US Ink Deal on COVID-19 Treatment Pill

The US government will pay drug maker Pfizer $5.29 billion for 10 million courses of its potential COVID-19 cure if regulators approve.

Pfizer on Tuesday asked the Food and Drug Administration to approve the experimental pill, which has been shown to significantly reduce hospitalizations and deaths among people with coronavirus infections.

The price for Pfizer’s potential treatment is approximately $529 per course. The US has already agreed to pay about $700 per course of Merck’s drug for about 3.1 million treatments.

Pfizer said Thursday that the price paid by the US government reflects the high number of treatment courses purchased through 2022.

Pfizer reported earlier this month that its pill reduced hospitalizations and deaths by 89% among high-risk adults who had early symptoms of COVID-19. The company studied its pill in people who had not been vaccinated and were most at risk from the virus because of age or health conditions, such as obesity.

Disney Cruise Lines requires passengers 5 years and older to be fully vaccinated

Beginning January 13, Disney Cruise Line will require passengers ages 5 and older to be fully vaccinated in order to sail.

The update to the cruise line’s COVID-19 vaccination policy comes more than two weeks after a pediatric dose of Pfizer’s vaccine was approved by the FDA for children ages 5 to 11.

According to Disney’s website, the vaccination requirement applies to both US and international passengers on its ships. According to the parameters, guests must wait to book their trip for 14 days after the last person in their party has been vaccinated.

In the meantime, children ages 5 to 11 can meet the negative COVID-19 testing requirements instead of being fully vaccinated. The option will remain available for children in this age group until January 12.

Anyone under the age of 5 must still meet Disney Cruise Line’s negative COVID-19 testing protocol.