5 things to know Thursday


FDA experts to discuss boosters for Moderna, J&J COVID-19 vaccines

A federal advisory committee is meeting Thursday and Friday to discuss the safety and need for a booster shot for people who received Moderna’s or Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. The panel also will hear data on people who got booster shots from a different manufacturer than their original vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month endorsed booster shots for millions of Americans who got the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine after Israeli data suggested protection against infection begins to wane after about six months. The FDA panel will vote on whether to authorize more boosters, but not on mixing vaccines. Assuming the FDA commissioner signs off on the group’s recommendations, a CDC committee will consider on Oct. 20 and 21 who should be eligible for boosters, with the shots likely becoming available within a few days.

Officers who died in the line of duty to be honored in Washington, D.C.

Fallen officers will be honored at a vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. Thursday. Hundreds of names were engraved there this year, bringing the total of officers memorialized to 22,611, per the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. But the names of four officers who died by suicide after defending the Capitol on Jan. 6 — U.S. Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood and District of Columbia Metropolitan Police officers Jeffrey Smith, Kyle DeFreytag and Gunther Hashida — won’t be eligible for engraving on the marbleized limestone regarded as sacred ground for U.S. law enforcement. The Capitol attack, and the suicides that followed, reignited a discussion about what constitutes a job-related death and the policies that some say perpetuate a bias that law enforcement has failed to confront.

Suspect in custody after Norway bow and arrow attack kills 5 people

A 37-year-old Danish man is in custody in Norway Thursday suspected of a deadly bow and arrow attack that left five people dead in the small Norwegian town of Kongsberg. Authorities said two other people were wounded and hospitalized in the attack, including an officer who was off duty and inside a shop where the incident took place. Acting Prime Minister Erna Solberg described the attack as “gruesome” and said it was too early to speculate on a motive. Mass killings are rare in Norway. The country’s worst peacetime slaughter was on July 22, 2011, when right-wing extremist Anders Breivik set off a bomb in the capital of Oslo, killing eight people. He then headed to the tiny Utoya Island where he killed another 69 victims. Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison, the maximum under Norwegian law, but his term can be extended as long as he’s considered a danger to society.



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