News Headlines 5/11/21

COVID-19 VACCINE APPROVED FOR ADOLESCENTS: Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for use in those ages 12 to 15. It has previously been reserved for those ages 16 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are approved for people 18 and older. The company said its clinical trial showed that the vaccine’s efficacy is 100 percent for the younger group. Administering the vaccine in younger people is not yet recommended although that decision is pending.

  • About 58 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. The tipping point is above 60 percent to reach herd immunity, Doctor Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine at George Washington University, told CNN. That’s when new cases of illness will hopefully plummet.

PIPELINE HACK LEADS TO EMERGENCY DECLARATION: The federal government has issued an emergency declaration that should increase tanker truck deliveries of fuel to the huge region affected by the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline. Colonial says it hopes to get the fuel pipeline to the East Coast back up and running by the end of this week. Meanwhile, the FBI confirmed that the hacker attack that forced the shutdown of the pipeline was carried out by a Russian cybercrime gang known as DarkSide. The group claims to be apolitical and says it hacks only for motives of profit.

BIDEN HITS 63% APPROVAL: About 63 percent of Americans approve of President Joe Biden‘s performance so far, according to a new Associated Press-NORC poll released this week. That’s up two percentage points since late March. The poll found that 96 percent of Democrats and 23 percent of Republicans approve of his performance. He gets high marks for his handling of the pandemic, the economy and health care.

HAMAS FIRES MISSILES INTO ISRAEL: Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip fired more than 50 rockets into Israel yesterday in an escalation of tensions between Palestinians and Israel. The rockets were apparently retaliation for a violent clash between Palestinians and Israeli forces in a place sacred to both Muslims and Jews, the mosque at Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City.