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Politics & Life Sciences (PLS) with Dean L. Fanelli, Ph.D.

Oct 21, 2021

White House rolls out plan to quickly immunize kids age 5 to 11 against Covid

The White House on Wednesday outlined its plan to distribute doses of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine to kids ages 5 to 11 as soon as it’s authorized by U.S. drug regulators.
The Biden administration said it’s procured enough vaccine to inoculate all 28 million 5- to 11-year-olds in the U.S., and will distribute it in smaller dosing and with smaller needles to make it easier for pediatricians and pharmacists to administer to kids.

First responders face termination as vaccine mandates go into effect
A growing number of first responders in the U.S. are willing to lose their jobs by not complying with COVID-19 vaccine mandates. They won't get the shot, even though COVID-19 is now the leading cause of death for officers.

Booster shots could soon be recommended for people as young as 40, source says
Booster protection could soon expand to a much broader population, as a source says the US government likely will soon recommend additional doses to people as young as 40 who received a Moderna or Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

Punishments start for troops who refuse vaccines
Military service members are starting to face consequences for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Those punishments range from a reprimand to, in the Navy’s case, removal from the armed forces and a loss of benefits.


Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is an NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher's College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens.  

Topics Dr. Hafeez can discuss include (but are not limited to):
• What to do when you disagree with your spouse or partner about whether your children should be vaccinated.
• How to express your concerns in a work environment
• How to politely ask if people are vaccinated before interacting closely with them
• How to help children/teens who are dealing with bullying about getting/ not getting the vaccine
• How to help family and friends find their own reasons to get vaccinated
• How to direct friends and family to reliable sources about the COVID-19 vaccine
• How to listen with empathy
• How to ask permission to discuss vaccines
• How to counter common vaccine concerns


About Dr. Dean Fanelli
Dean Fanelli, Ph.D. is a patent, regulatory, and transactional attorney in the Washington, DC office of Cooley LLP ( focusing on issues related to the development, protection, and commercialization of biotech and pharmaceutical products. In addition to Dr. Fanelli's expertise relating to legal issues involved in pharma and biotech development, Dr. Fanelli also understands the business needs of his clients as he has co-founded three biotechnology companies: PhosImmune, Inc. an immuno-oncology company, C-Reveal Therapeutics, LLC, an immuno-oncology drug development company focused on exposing tumors to immune responses and therapies, and most recently AexeRNA Therapeutics, LLC, an mRNA company developing advanced Lipid Nanoparticle delivery systems that reduce the side effects present in currently authorized mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. He is a regular on TV & Radio commenting on Covid-19 & Vaccines & also hosts his own podcast “Politics & Life Sciences Radio.”