Covid19 – US all set to vaccinate low-risk teens
President Joe Biden wants 70 percent of American adults to have received at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine by the July 4 holiday, and has made vaccinating adolescents a key part of the next phase of the country’s immunization campaign.
Pfizer and its partner BioNTech said in March their two-dose regimen was shown to be safe and highly effective in a trial of 2,260 12-to-15-year-olds.
Should an emergency use authorization (EUA) be granted, as is widely expected by next week, President Joe Biden has called on states to quickly get as many adolescents as possible vaccinated by the time schools reopen in fall. Almost 148 million of the country’s 330 million people have received one or more doses around 44 percent of the population.
Many experts have, however, voiced concern whether now is the right moment to reach this group as the global situation deteriorates. The issue of vaccine disparity has been brought into sharp focus by India, which reported 350,000 new cases Tuesday and recorded nearly 3,500 deaths more than anywhere in the world.