Author: Travis Caldwell | CNN
Due to the more spreadable Delta variant, the dramatic increase in Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations is significantly affecting all age groups, especially Americans 11 years of age or younger Not yet qualified Receive vaccination.
From August 5 to August 26, more than 500,000 children in the United States tested positive for Covid-19. According to national data Collected by the American Academy of Pediatrics. At least 203,962 cases were reported in the week from August 19 to August 26; in late June, the number of weekly reports was slightly lower than 8,500.
As worries intensify Let kids safely In order to resume face-to-face learning in school, health experts agreed that wearing a mask is an effective tool to prevent infection.
CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner told Jake Tapper last week, “The virus is raging in all these unvaccinated children, which is why it’s so important to wear masks in schools” He pointed out that the vaccination rate of vaccinated teenagers is also very low. qualified. “They have no other protective measures. They are actually sitting on ducks.”
More states and School District Pressure across the country Mask and vaccine regulations, While others are working to limit unvaccinated Covid-19 exposure. New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Tuesday that it plans to implement mandatory weekly Covid-19 tests on unvaccinated state school staff.
“We all need to be vigilant to protect each other-which means coming in for injections and strengthening injections, wearing masks in indoor spaces, and taking basic safety measures that we are all familiar with now,” Hochl said.
Officials said that for teenagers 12 years and older to attend classes, they still must be vaccinated to help curb the spread of Covid-19. Vaccine regulations may be unpopular to some people, but they may be a necessary step.
“I think it’s a good idea to mandate that children be vaccinated in school,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN this week, noting that it would not be A radical idea use.
“This is nothing new. We have regulations in many parts of our school, especially public schools, if you really want a child to enroll – we have been doing this for decades, we need (vaccine) polio, Measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis,” Fauci said. “So this is nothing new, requiring children to be vaccinated when they go to school.”
Officials expect more vaccine data soon
Aware that some people feel anxious Parents and guardians Health officials said they are quickly sending unvaccinated children back to school to review whether they can lower the age of vaccination.
Agency director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said that if authorized, the CDC will act quickly to recommend the use of the Covid-19 vaccine in young children.
“Everyone is eagerly paying attention to this matter. Everyone recognizes the importance of getting these children vaccinated,” Varensky said at the National Parent Teacher Association City Hall on Wednesday.
Walensky pointed out that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must first approve or authorize vaccination in young children. Vaccine manufacturers must provide clinical trial data to the FDA.
“My understanding of the timeline is very consistent with what I said — mid-fall is my understanding, early autumn is when we expect to see the data — and then it will be in the hands of the FDA. I am hopeful for the end of this year,” she said. Say.
Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine has been fully approved by the FDA for Americans 16 years and older, and emergency use authorization has been granted to Americans 12 years and older. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only available to adults 18 years of age and older under emergency use authorization.
Moderna Announced last week It has completed its submission to the FDA for full approval, and has submitted to the FDA an emergency use authorization for its vaccine in people 12 years of age and older.
Clinical trials of the vaccine for children under 12 years of age are ongoing.
Fauci said on Wednesday that the FDA should have data to consider approving the Covid-19 vaccine for children under the age of 12 by the end of September.
Fauci said: “We should have enough data to check and make a decision, because we will enter the second half of September, which is the beginning of October.” “The data will then be submitted to the FDA, and the FDA will decide whether they will authorize them for emergency use. Or some other mechanism to grant the data.”
When asked if the Covid-19 vaccine will be approved for young children before Thanksgiving, Fauci said he hopes so, but does not want to be ahead of the FDA.
The group calls the shortage of nurses a “national crisis”
along with Increase in hospital admissions It is felt across the country that a health care industry that is exhausted and continuously exposed to Covid-19 infection sometimes leads to fewer employees. At the critical moment of the pandemic, all states and networks require additional staffing.
According to a letter from the organization to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, the American Nurses Association has called on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to declare the shortage of nurses in the country a “national crisis.”
“The country’s health care service system is overwhelmed, and nurses are tired and frustrated, because of this continuing epidemic, there is no end in sight. Nurses themselves cannot solve this long-standing problem. This is not our burden,” the president of the association. Ernest Grant said on Wednesday.
Researchers reported on Wednesday that hospital staff are still at risk of Covid-19.Due to the combination of weakened vaccine protection and Delta variants, the coronavirus infection rate among vaccinated health care workers in San Diego has steadily increased. Dr. Jocelyn Keehner and Dr. Lucy Horton of the University of California San Diego Health Center Wrote in a letter To the New England Journal of Medicine.
They pointed out that their research results support the argument that masks are used more frequently, and if similar evidence is collected elsewhere, a booster dose of the vaccine may also be provided.
The pressure on the health care system may continue into the near future, but there are signs that the situation may start to improve.
For the second consecutive week, Ensemble forecast The CDC predicts that in the next 4 weeks, the number of new Covid-19 hospitalizations may remain stable or have an uncertain trend. Before last week, it was predicted that the number of hospitalizations would increase since mid-July.
However, despite the news that the surge may soon ease, the CDC urges caution with the data because the actual numbers are beyond the range previously predicted. CDC’s latest forecast predicts that between 550,000 and 1,600,000 new cases may be reported in the week ending September 25.
In the short term, Fauci told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that this will help people take mitigation measures, such as wearing masks and avoiding gatherings.
“In the medium and long term, the solution to this problem will be the vaccine,” Fauci said.
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