The Food and Drug Adminstration’s advisory committee met to consider authorizing a fourth vaccine against COVID, made by Novavax. And the FDA is expected to make a decision shortly on allowing Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s vaccines to be used for children younger than 5.

A report by the state’s comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli, released on Friday, said challenges continue for New York’s Unemployment Trust Fund.

Since late December, 81,720,820 tests have been distributed throughout New York, the governor’s office reported, adding that, of the over 100 million tests procured, nearly 20 million tests have been stockpiled to help prepare for any potential surges later this year.

The study also found that COVID-19 survivors have twice the risk for developing pulmonary embolism or respiratory conditions than people who haven’t had COVID.

GUILDERLAND — “Hate is not a mental illness,” says Dr. Stephen Giordano.

He notes that there is no diagnostic category for hate, and it is wrong “to assume that hateful people, whatever their color, creed, or stripe, must be mentally ill.”

A rare virus usually seen in Africa, monkeypox has recently been identified in Europe and North America.

State Senator Michelle Hinchey, a Democrat representing the 46th District, will seek election to the new 41st District, which features a large portion of the current 46th District but excludes Albany County. 

“As the Omicron variant emerged in New York State, the number of people who have been infected with COVID for a second time has increased dramatically,” the state’s health department reports.

The map will be subject to a public hearing on May 26.

Michelle Hinchey and Richard Amedure were opponents in 2020, when both sought office for the first time after former Senator George Amedore, a Republican, decided not to seek re-election.