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Vaccine Availability and Hospitalizations

The U.S. reported at least 75,000 new COVID-19 daily cases four-times last week. This comes as the Nation is facing another potential surge partly fueled by Virus Variants, like the B.1.1.7.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says COVID-19 related deaths in the U.S. are dropping, but confirmed cases and hospitalizations are on the rise. That includes people in the 18-to-25 age group. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention saying: “We are seeing these increases in younger adults. Most of whom have not yet been vaccinated.”

Before the end of the month, all 50-States are expected to make COVID-19 shots available to everyone at least 16-years-old. Dr. Syra Madad, Sr. Director of NYC Health+Hospitals Special Pathogens Program adding: “I’m hopeful that we not see a fourth surge, but we will see hotspots, as we’re seeing throughout the nation.”

Pfizer is asking the Food and Drug Administration to expand the use of its Vaccine for children between 12-to-15 years old. Dr. Leana Wen, a CNN Medical Analyst saying: “They’ve shown that in these 4,000 or so individuals, 12-to-15, that the vaccine is safe. There was no adverse safety signals and they were really effective, actually they are shown to be 100% effective thus far in the trial.”

If the FDA approves the Emergency Use Authorization, it would be the only one authorized for children that young. Dr. Wen adding: “First of all, we need them to get the benefit of the vaccine but also it will help us reach herd immunity a lot faster if we don’t just have to rely on adults all to be vaccinated.”

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