Growing monkeypox concern? Plus, what’s next for vaccines for youngest children, and more COVID news

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Biden says monkeypox not as concerning as Covid

US President Joe Biden said Monday he doesn’t believe an outbreak of monkeypox is as risky as the Covid-19 pandemic, tempering comments he made a day earlier that people should be “concerned.”

“We have had this monkeypox in large numbers in the past. We have vaccines to take care of it,” Biden said during a visit to Tokyo.

“I just don’t think it rises to the level of the kind of concern that existed with Covid-19.”

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Pfizer says 3 COVID shots protect children under 5

Three doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine offer strong protection for children younger than 5, the company announced Monday, another step toward shots for the littlest kids possibly beginning in early summer.

Pfizer plans to submit the findings to U.S. regulators later this week. The Food and Drug Administration already is evaluating an application by rival Moderna to offer two-dose vaccinations to tots — and set June 15 as a tentative date for its independent scientific advisers to publicly debate the data from one or both companies.

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What’s next for COVID-19 vaccines for youngest US children

Parents hoping to get their youngest children vaccinated against COVID-19 got some encouraging news Monday.

, according to preliminary data. That news comes a month after Moderna said it would ask regulators to OK its two doses tor the youngest kids.

But a few steps remain before the shots are available. Health officials and their expert panels must first decide they are safe enough and provide enough protection to authorize them.

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