NC Coronavirus update September 15: Unvaccinated adults cost US around $6B due to COVID-19 hospitalizations in last 3 months

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The US spent nearly $6 billion treating unvaccinated people in hospitals over the last three months, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- North Carolina, like many other states across the country, is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases. Pfizer released a 53-page document in which the company makes the case that the general public needs a booster 6 months after the 2nd Pfizer dose to "restore" protection to initial levels.The FDA released its own 23-page analysis of the data presented by Pfizer. The FDA's analysis did not argue for or against boosters.Rather, the FDA analysis emphasized that a Pfizer booster appears safe based on data from clinical trials. But the data on effectiveness relies more on real-world data, which could introduce "bias," mean it's not as rigorous as a well-designed randomized trial.The FDA's advisors will be asked to discuss and vote Friday on whether Pfizer has presented sufficient evidence a Pfizer booster is safe and boosts immune response 6 months after the primary vaccination. From there, the decision will go to the FDA's desk.A second Charlotte-area school district is making face masks optional for students.Lincoln County School District's board of education voted Tuesday night to relax its COVID-19 protocols.The…
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