Pfizer’s Pediatric Vaccine Advances
Pfizer said today that the Covid-19 vaccine is safe and highly effective in infants aged 5-11 and has side effects similar to those found in children aged 16-25.
The announcement, which did not include detailed test data, will allow the company to apply for approval from the FDA by the end of the month. If the regulatory review is successful, millions of elementary school students could be vaccinated before Halloween.
The licensed pediatric vaccine will be a game changer not only for families with young children, but also for a wider range of vaccination efforts. The United States has more than 28 million children between the ages of 5 and 11, and vaccination of them will bring the country much closer to herd immunity.
However, it is not yet known how many parents will be vaccinated against their young children.
If older children are any sign, it looks like a difficult fight. Pfizer’s vaccine, manufactured by German partner BioNTech, was approved in May for children aged 12 to 15 years, but was fully vaccinated compared to 66% of adults aged 18 and over. Is only about 40%. About 20% of parents between the ages of 12 and 17 say they never plan to vaccinate their children.
Many school managers and teacher organizations have praised Pfizer’s exam results, but it seems unlikely that approval will soon lead to policy changes.
Only one large school district in the Los Angeles Unified School requires vaccinations for students targeted for shots. The district said today that it is not ready to keep up with the latest Pfizer news.
Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City said Pfizer’s promising results did not change his belief that student vaccination obligations were the wrong approach. Chicago Mayor Lori Wrightfoot said last month that it was “premature” to discuss imposing vaccination obligations at school because children under the age of 12 are not yet eligible.
No state requires children or adolescents to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, and five states explicitly ban such obligations.
But the need is urgent. Children now account for more than one in five new cases in the United States, as the coronavirus delta variant has sent more children to the hospital than at any other time during the pandemic in the past few months.
Unvaccinated children can spread the virus to relatives, teachers, and other people with whom they interact regularly, even if they do not get sick themselves. According to the CDC, they are as likely to infect others as adults and are more likely to be infected than adults over the age of 60.
Vaccination of Russian reindeer herders
The Yamal Peninsula in northwestern Siberia is one of the few remaining places on earth where nomads retain their traditional culture. In the tundra, the Nenets, an indigenous people of northern Russia, follow a lifestyle shaped by the seasonal migration of herd reindeer.
You can feel the pandemic grip even in these remote areas. Over 100 new virus cases are recorded daily in the area, killing 3-5 people.
But now vaccines have arrived.
Despite some hesitation, more than 135,000 Yamal people have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, including about 56 percent of eligible adults.
Remember what we lost
The exhibition “In America: Remember”, held on Friday, contains a message drawn on a white flag in honor of the lost loved one.
The artist behind the installation, Sae Yamamoto Brennan First Emberg, raised a flag of 267,000 in Washington last fall to recognize the death toll from the US coronavirus at the time. Almost a year later, that number more than doubled. Last week alone, more than 13,000 Americans died of the disease.
What you are doing
When I get back to face-to-face work, I can’t wait to get back in the car and take off my mask every day. No, it’s not cloth. A mask that covers the way I’m actually doing. I cry every day on my commute. This is one way to deal with my concerns about unvaccinated children, as this pandemic addresses the stress of “returning to normal” when it is still rampant around us. .. After that cry, I smile again on pick-up for the kids and enjoy the story of their school. Because I’m happy that they are sociable again and have friendships. But fear is always in my heart.
— Nicole, NJ
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