Week in Review: April 29

The Week in Review provides an overview of the past week’s top health care content, including industry news and trends, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Laboratories news, and upcoming events.

Industry News

Moderna asks FDA to authorize vaccine for kids under 6

Moderna is asking the FDA for emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine for children under the age of six. Moderna began the process today and said its application would be fully complete next week. Via The Hill

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Fauci says the US is ‘out of the pandemic phase’ as COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths remain low

The United States is "out of the pandemic phase" with COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said on Tuesday.

Fauci, who directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, cited the current "low level" of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths nationwide as his reasoning for the bold statement, arguing that the country is out of crisis mode with the coronavirus, at least for now. Via Business Insider

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CDC estimates 3 in 4 kids have had coronavirus infections

Three out of every four U.S. children have been infected with the coronavirus and more than half of all Americans had signs of previous infections, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers estimated in a report Tuesday. Via Associated Press

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Mayo Clinic News

Here’s who should get a second COVID booster

When physician Melanie Swift got her first COVID shot in January 2021, she felt as though the vaccines marked a turning point. “If we just get ’em in enough arms, we can beat this thing and not spread it,” says Swift, who co-chairs the COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation and Distribution Work Group at the Mayo Clinic. Via Scientific American

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Virtual, in-person cardiac rehabilitation provide similar benefits 

A recent Mayo Clinic study found that after polling patients, hybrid models were popular and highly used among patients. The health system initially implemented a hybrid care approach due to COVID-19 restrictions, simultaneously increasing virtual care availability. Patients who spent at least one night in Mayo Clinic's Hybrid Care Hotel reported high satisfaction rates, high levels of comfort, and said that their needs were met. Via mHealthIntelligence

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Mayo Clinic partners with AI startup to co-develop precision medicine

Mayo Clinic signed a research agreement with an AI company to co-develop precision oncology medicine tools. Mayo Clinic partnered with South Korea-based AI company Vuno to develop AI and machine learning for more precise diagnosis, prognosis and treatment stratification in cancer, according to an April 25 press release. Via Becker's Hospital Review

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Meghann Southwick

Meghann Southwick is a marketing specialist for Mayo Clinic Laboratories. She has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2021.