Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and likely to work in younger children, and it’s planning to ask for permission to use it in kids as young as 5

A group of kids elbow-bumping their tennis instructor after practice. Marko Geber/Getty Images Pfizer said its coronavirus vaccine is safe and likely to be effective in younger children. The pharmaceutical giant plans to soon apply for an expanded OK that includes 5- to 11-year-olds. The two-dose shot is already OK’d for people 12 years and older. See more stories on Insider’s business page. The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine was safe and generated a promising immune response in a trial in kids ages five to 11, the drugmakers said Monday in a press release. Pfizer and BioNTech said they plan to submit the data to the Food and Drug Administration and international… Read More

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10 things before the opening bell

The White House is seen from the Ellipse with the National Christmas Tree at right in the morning hours, in Washington, U.S., December 20, 2020 Ken Cedeno/Reuters Welcome to 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. Plus, download Insider’s app for news on the go – click here for iOS and here for Android. Let’s jump in. 1. Dow futures have plunged 500 points as a looming default by Chinese property giant Evergrande rattles investors. The fear is that losses suffered by creditors who provided $350 billion in debt will spread damage into the financial system. See how markets are doing now.… Read More

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A Senate official dashed Democrats’ hopes of expanding citizenship for migrants in the $3.5 trillion budget bill

Demonstrators gather in front of the United States Supreme Court, where the Court is hearing arguments on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA – that could impact the fates of nearly 700,000 “dreamers” brought to the United States as undocumented children, on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, in Washington, DC. Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images The Senate parliamentarian said immigration reform can’t be part of the $3.5 trillion bill. She ruled it is incompatible with the “reconciliation” mechanism being used to pass it without the GOP. The decision effectively means that any moves to reform the system will need Republican support. See more stories on Insider’s business page.… Read More

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Katherine Heigl Defends Grey’s Anatomy Departure: I’m Not So Terrible, Okay?!?

It’s the quote that continues to haunt Katherine Heigl. But it’s NOT the reason she got fired, Katherine Heigl insists. In 2008, the actress took herself out of the running to receive an Emmy Awards, stating through her publicist: ”I did not feel that I was given the material this season to warrant an Emmy nomination. In addition, I did not want to potentially take away an opportunity from an actress who was given such materials.” Wow, huh? Talk about hurling your show’s runners way, way under the bus, right? Heigl had earned her a supporting actress Emmy a year prior to uttering this spiteful nonsense… and was then out of Grey’s… Read More

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Fauci says Americans should stay away from COVID-19 booster shots until they’re eligible

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House Medical Advisor. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images Dr. Fauci says that people should not get booster shots until they are eligible. Some people have been seeking the third shot before the official sign-off. The Biden administration had planned to roll out boosters this week, but failed to get CDC and FDA backing. See more stories on Insider’s business page. Dr. Anthony Fauci has advised people against getting COVID-19 booster shots before they are officially eligible. The comments come after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused to back booster shots for everybody aged 16 or above. “We recommend that people wait until you get to… Read More

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PE firms’ legal wars – KKR targets rich clients – Companies use ESGs to bolster IPOs

Welcome to Insider Finance. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. Plus, download Insider’s app for news on the go – click here for iOS and here for Android. On the agenda today: PE firms are stuck in a power struggle with their investors – and lawyers are bringing in cash no matter what. KKR is building out its sales team and marketing efforts to reach more wealthy clients. “Do-gooder” companies are using ESG missions to amp up their public debuts. Let’s get started. PE firms are stuck in a power struggle with their investors Samantha Lee/Insider Private-equity firms are quarrelling with investors: fund managers say big clients… Read More

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Crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried calls solana’s 17-hour outage sad and frustrating – and says a stablecoin ban would hurt the industry

Sam Bankman-Fried co-founded the crypto exchange FTX in 2019. FTX Sam Bankman-Fried said the solana outage was sad and frustrating, speaking in a Bloomberg interview. The hot token suffered a 17-hour outage last week, which solana put down to “resource exhaustion.” FTX CEO Bankman-Fried also weighed in on stablecoins, saying an outright ban would hurt the industry. See more stories on Insider’s business page. Crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried has said the solana token’s 17-hour network outage was sad and frustrating in a Bloomberg interview – but also said it’s the natural result of a network growing so quickly. The 29-year-old founder and CEO of the FTX crypto exchange also said… Read More

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Senate parliamentarian deals blow to Dems’ immigration push

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters as work continues on the Democrats’ Build Back Better Act, massive legislation that is a cornerstone of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda, at the Capitol, in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats can’t use their $3.5 trillion package bolstering social and climate programs for their plan to give millions of immigrants a chance to become citizens, the Senate’s parliamentarian said, a crushing blow to what was the party’s clearest pathway in years to attaining that long-sought goal. The decision by Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate’s nonpartisan interpreter of its often enigmatic rules, is a damaging… Read More

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Horoscopes Sept. 20, 2021: Gary Cole, you’ll find new ways to solve problems

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Phillip Phillips, 31; Kristen Johnston, 54; Gary Cole, 65; Sophia Loren, 87. Happy Birthday: Use your imagination and be open to suggestions, and you’ll find new ways to solve problems. The insight you gain into what others are experiencing will help you understand how best to use your strengths to get your way. Personal improvements don’t have to cost a lot. Look for solutions that are cost-efficient. Your numbers are 5, 13, 21, 27, 30, 38, 42. ARIES (March 21-April 19): Transparency will be vital if you want to make a change or do things differently. Once you have a plan in place and the… Read More

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