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COVID vaccinations for children under 5 years old

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are expected to begin on June 21

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It has been long awaited

FDA will review the vaccines June 15, but then the CDC needs to sign off.


White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha speaks alongside White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during the daily press briefing at the White House on June 02, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Enlarge / White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha speaks alongside White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during the daily press briefing at the White House on June 02, 2022 in Washington, DC.

COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 6 months to under five years–the only age group yet to be eligible for vaccination–is expected to get underway on June 21, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha said in a press briefing Thursday.

The Food and Drug Administration is now reviewing data from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech on their respective vaccines for the young age group. The agency will convene its panel of independent expert advisors to review the data on June 15 and vote on whether the vaccines should be granted emergency use authorization.

If the panel votes in favor of authorization, the FDA will likely grant authorization quickly. After that, federal vaccine supplies will start being sent to the states for distribution. Before they can be distributed, however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must have its own advisory group to review and vote on the recommendations. The recommendation will be finalized by Rochelle Walensky, Director of the CDC.

There are approximately 18 million children in the US under 5, and the federal government has “plenty of supply of both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines” for the age group, Jha said. Starting Friday, states can begin placing orders from an initial supply of 10 million doses. To prepare for the rollout of the vaccine, the Biden administration has been working with state and local health departments, family doctors, pediatricians, pharmacists, and other health care providers.

“We expect that the vast majority of these kids will be vaccinated by their primary care providers,” Jha said. The administration wants states to prioritise distribution to areas serving high-risk children in difficult-to-reach locations and sites capable of handling large numbers of children like children’s hospitals. Officials encourage states to open vaccination centers outside of working hours in order to make it easier to immunize their children.

Rollout and questions

Jha was careful to note that the administration is not trying to “prejudge the outcome of the process,” but it is preparing for all scenarios. The administration expects the FDA to decide quickly after the advisory meeting on June 15, which is a Wednesday. Due to the federal holiday of Juneteenth, the following weekend will be a three-day long weekend. Jha stated that if all goes according to plan, some shipments will arrive at their destinations over the long weekend.

Given that the CDC will still need to sign off on use and that many doctors’ offices will be closed for the holiday, “we expect that vaccinations will begin in earnest as early as Tuesday, June 21 and really roll on throughout that week,” he said. He cautioned that it would take time to scale up the program and make vaccines more widely accessible. “

The long wait for vaccines for the youngest children during the two-and-a-half-year pandemic has been excruciating for many parents, particularly as cases are again on the rise and many areas have pulled back health precautions. The FDA’s slow approach to Moderna’s vaccine has also been criticized by parents and lawmakers. In April, Politico reported that the FDA was considering delaying Moderna’s review to wait for data from Pfizer and BioNTech. Since then, the FDA has repeatedly denied any intentional delay.

Moderna requested FDA authorization on April 28 and finished submitting its vaccine data to the regulator on May 9. However, FDA advisors will review that data while reviewing information on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which was fully submitted on June 1.

In the press briefing Thursday, Jha was asked again about the apparent delay of Moderna’s review. He said that the FDA determines the timeline based upon how fast it can review all data. He said that while we all want to move quickly, we also want to do it right. “That has to be priority number one, and that’s what the FDA has been focusing on. “

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FIFA 23 lets you turn off commentary pointing out how bad you are

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FIFA 23 might be the best game soccer game yet for terrible sports fans, as it lets you turn off commentary that criticizes your bad playing.

Now that the early access FIFA 23 release time has passed, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can hop into the game ahead of its full release. But as Eurogamer (opens in new tab) spotted, they’ll find a peculiar option waiting for them.

FIFA 23 includes a toggle to turn off ‘Critical Commentary’. The setting lets you silence all negative in-match comments made about your technique, so you can protect your precious ego even when you miss an open goal or commit an obvious foul. The more positive commentary won’t be affected. 

Spare your feelings

A player dribbling the ball in FIFA 23

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The feature looks tailored toward children and new players, who don’t want to have their confidence wrecked within mere minutes of picking up the controller. But even experienced players who just so happen to be terrible at the game might benefit.

It’s not perfect, though. According to Eurogamer, the feature didn’t seem to work during a FIFA Ultimate Team Division Rivals match, with critical comments slipping through the filter. Still, who hasn’t benefited from a light grilling every now and then?

Polite commentary isn’t the only new addition in FIFA 23. It’s the first game in the series to include women’s club football teams, and fancy overhauled animations that take advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S’s new-gen hardware. EA will be hoping to end on a high, as FIFA 23 will be the last of its soccer games to release with the official FIFA licence.

If disabling critical commentary doesn’t improve your soccer skills, maybe building a squad of Marvel superheroes will. Although you might not do much better with Ted Lasso wandering the pitch.

FIFA 23 is set to fully release this Friday, September 30.

Callum is TechRadar Gaming’s News Writer. You’ll find him whipping up stories about all the latest happenings in the gaming world, as well as penning the odd feature and review. Before coming to TechRadar, he wrote freelance for various sites, including Clash, The Telegraph, and Gamesindustry.biz, and worked as a Staff Writer at Wargamer. Strategy games and RPGs are his bread and butter, but he’ll eat anything that spins a captivating narrative. He also loves tabletop games, and will happily chew your ear off about TTRPGs and board games. 

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Google Pixel 7 price leak suggests Google is totally out of touch

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The backs of the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro



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We’re starting to hear more and more Google Pixel 7 leaks, with the launch of the phone just a week away, but tech fans might be getting a lot of déjà vu, with the leaks all listing near-identical specs to what we heard about the Pixel 6 a year ago.

It sounds like the new phones – a successor to the Pixel 6 Pro is also expected – could be very similar to their 2021 predecessors. And a new price leak has suggested that the phones’ costs could be the same too, as a Twitter user spotted the Pixel 7 briefly listed on Amazon (before being promptly taken down, of course).

Google pixel 7 on Amazon US. $599.99.It is still showing up in search cache but the listing gives an error if you click on it. We have the B0 number to keep track of though!#teampixel pic.twitter.com/w5Z09D28YESeptember 27, 2022

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According to these listings, the Pixel 7 will cost $599 while the Pixel 7 Pro will cost $899, both of which are identical to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting prices. The leak doesn’t include any other region prices, but in the UK the current models cost £599 and £849, while in Australia they went for AU$999 and AU$1,299.

So it sounds like Google is planning on retaining the same prices for its new phones as it sold the old ones for, a move which doesn’t make much sense.


Analysis: same price, new world

Google’s choice to keep the same price points is a little curious when you consider that the specs leaks suggest these phones are virtually unchanged from their predecessors. You’re buying year-old tech for the same price as before.

Do bear in mind that the price of tech generally lowers over time, so you can readily pick up a cheaper Pixel 6 or 6 Pro right now, and after the launch of the new ones, the older models will very likely get even cheaper.

But there’s another key factor to consider in the price: $599 might be the same number in 2022 as it was in 2021, but with the changing global climate, like wars and flailing currencies and cost of living crises, it’s a very different amount of money.

Some people just won’t be willing to shell out the amount this year, that they may have been able to last year. But this speaks to a wider issue in consumer tech.

Google isn’t the only tech company to completely neglect the challenging global climate when pricing its gadgets: Samsung is still releasing super-pricey folding phones, and the iPhone 14 is, for some incomprehensible reason, even pricier than the iPhone 13 in some regions. 

Too few brands are actually catering to the tough economic times many are facing right now, with companies increasing the price of their premium offerings to counter rising costs, instead of just designing more affordable alternatives to flagships.

These high and rising prices suggest that companies are totally out of touch with their buyers, and don’t understand the economic hardship troubling many.

We’ll have to reach a breaking point sooner or later, either with brands finally clueing into the fact that they need to release cheaper phones, or with customers voting with their wallets by sticking to second-hand or refurbished devices. But until then, you can buy the best cheap phones to show that cost is important to you.

Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.

He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

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