FDA Authorizes COVID-19 Boosters, Butterball Shares Thanksgiving Outlook | This Week on PR Newswire

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccines for Use as a Booster Dose

Today (Aug. 31), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to authorize bivalent formulations of the vaccines for use as a single booster dose at least two months following primary or booster vaccination. The bivalent vaccines, which we will also refer to as “updated boosters,” contain two messenger RNA (mRNA) components of SARS-CoV-2 virus, one of the original strain of SARS-CoV-2 and the other one in common between the BA.4 and BA.5 lineages of the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2.

The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent, is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals 18 years of age and older. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent, is authorized for use as a single booster dose in individuals 12 years of age and older.

Butterball Shares 2022 Thanksgiving Outlook Report as Hosts Prepare for Holiday Celebrations

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Butterball, which has offered support to home chefs through its Butterball Turkey Talk-Line for more than 40 years, today released data from its 2022 Thanksgiving Outlook Report. According to the findings, people are excited for Thanksgiving with nearly 90% of Americans planning to celebrate in 2022 as concerns around COVID-19 shrink. However, concerns around inflation – particularly at the grocery store – are driving the need to get creative with cutting costs all without sacrificing holiday celebrations.

When compared to respondent recollection of 2021, the report reveals a 4% increase in those hosting for the first time and a 4% decrease in those not planning to celebrate; the size of gatherings will remain the same as last year. While hosts are planning to manage cost savings on sides and desserts, turkey will still be at the center of their table and guest lists won’t be scaled back.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. Announces Strategic Changes to Strengthen its Financial Positioning, Drive Growth and Better Serve Customers

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Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. today (Aug. 31) announced a strategic and business update focused on changes intended to meet the demand of its customers, drive growth and profitability, and improve its balance sheet and cash flows.

Sue Gove, Director & Interim Chief Executive Officer commented, “We are embracing a straight-forward, back-to-basics philosophy that focuses on better serving our customers, driving growth, and delivering business returns.  In a short period of time, we have made significant changes and instituted enablers across our entire enterprise to regain our dominance as a preferred shopping destination for our customers’ favorite brands and exciting products. We command a special presence in the Home and Baby markets, and we intend to fulfill our opportunity to be the category retailer of choice.”

Michael Jackson’s Thriller 40 Double CD Includes the Original Masterpiece + A Bonus CD of Demos and Rarities

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Sony Music and the Estate of Michael Jackson announced on Aug. 29 that MICHAEL JACKSON THRILLER 40, a double CD set comprised of Michael’s original masterpiece and an exciting bonus CD of rarities and demos, is available for pre-order starting today. The titles of the ten bonus tracks will be revealed one at a time, starting after Labor Day with the last track being revealed just before the release date, Nov. 18. Additionally, 15 additional tracks which have been in limited release previously will be available as part of an expanded digital release.

Pop up events and worldwide activations are planned to honor Michael’s epic creation which won a record-setting 8 Grammys, smashed musical barriers and changed the frontiers of pop music and music videos forever.

Vroooom! Vroooom! Pony Cars Forever Stamps Issued at the Great American Stamp Show

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The U.S. Postal Service issued its Pony Cars Forever stamps at the Great American Stamp Show today (Aug. 25). “My mother had a 1970 Mustang with a 351 cubic inch V8,” said Scott Bombaugh, the Postal Service’s chief technology officer and executive vice president, who served as the dedicating official. “My brother learned to drive in that car, but by the time I was ready to drive, my parents sold the Mustang and had a Pinto wagon.  Is it any wonder I have bought two Mustang GTs since then?”

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for over 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

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