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COVID-19 dropped to the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. in June, a marked decline from January 2021 when it was No. 1, new Kaiser Family Foundation data shows.

Why it matters: COVID-19 is still wreaking major havoc in the U.S., especially among people who aren't vaccinated. On the other hand: We've come a long way. Let's hope the progress continues.

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Sep 26, 2021 - Health

New York prepares for staff shortages from health vaccine mandate

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul during a news conference Tuesday in New York City. Photo: Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) announced Saturday she would declare a state of emergency if there were health worker shortages due to New York's upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Why it matters: Hochul moved to reassure concerns of staffing shortages in the health care sector in a statement that also outlined plans to call in medically trained National Guard members, workers from outside New York and retirees if necessary when the mandate takes effect Monday.

Sep 26, 2021 - Health

Pfizer CEO: Company will submit data for children's vaccine to FDA in "days"

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. Photo: John Thys/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Pfizer plans to submit data about its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 to the Food and Drug Administration "pretty soon," CEO Albert Bourla told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

Why it matters: The start of the school year saw a rise in COVID-19 infections among kids, and heightened the focus on when the vaccine will be available for children.

Sep 26, 2021 - Health

U.S. has enough COVID vaccines to meet demand for kids, boosters

A 12-year-old receives the first dose of the Pfiizer vaccine. Photo: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The U.S. COVID-19 vaccine supply is large enough to meet the rise in demand prompted by the approval of booster shots and the imminent authorization of vaccines for younger children, AP reported.

Driving the news: Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus booster shots for people over 65 or at risk of developing severe COVID-19.