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Inoculations soon for infants?

VACCINES for children as young as six months old have been recommended by the Food and Drug Administration (Shutterstock).

As the coronavirus continues to stubbornly make comebacks after receding, the federal Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized the emergency use of two brands of vaccines for children, including all the way to 6 months old.

According to United Press International, the vaccines authorized are Pfizer-BioTech and Moderna.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to vote on Saturday whether or not to recommend the inoculations.

COVID-19 cases are surging in some vulnerable sections of the population, including the elderly, those with certain pre-existing conditions and those not yet inoculated.

Ukraine headed into European Union?

What could eventually be a big economic boost to Ukraine came on Friday when the European Union granted candidate status in that country’s effort to become a member.

According to The New York Times, Friday’s action was the first step toward joining the EU, a powerful trading bloc. Also recommended were Moldava – another former satellite of the defunct Soviet Union – but not Georgia.

Also in the News … Wall Street finished the week on Friday with the worst performance since March 2020. However, the daily numbers were less gloomy as the  S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed with gains, while the Dow Jones Industrials declined.

Sports: Angels slammed; Dodgers fall

Starter Michael Lorenzen gave up seven runs in four innings as the Los Angeles Angels lost 8-1 to the Mariners in Seattle on Friday. The outcome meant the M’s (29-26) moved to within a half-game of the Angels (30-36) in the race for third place in the American League West. The Orange County team mustered only four hits and committed two errors in the loss.

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost 2-1 to Cleveland Guardians in 10 innings. With the loss, the Dodgers (39-24) fell into second place in the National League West behind the San Diego Padres (41-25).

Weather: Sun, sun, sun, sun

Better late than never. The long-awaited arrival of summer-y skies should be with us on Saturday with a forecast for the West Orange County area of a daytime high of 75 (with an overnight low of 59) under sunny skies. Sunday will also be sunny with a daily high of 78 (60) rising to 87 (63)on Sunday. Tuesday will cool slightly to 83 (82).

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