The number of new cases in children remains “unusually high,” with 148,222 cases reported in the week ending Oct. 7, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics released on Monday.
Children made up almost a quarter of the Covid-19 cases reported each week, the AAP said.
The infection rate still remains well above what is needed – which Dr Anthony Fauci said is expected to be below 10,000 on Sunday.
Currently, the vaccines are only available for children as young as 12 years old, although Pfizer and BioNTech have applied for emergency use authorization from the United States Food and Drug Administration for young children.
In the meantime, some schools have relied on preventative measures to protect students, such as masking, distancing and testing. In Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker plans to deploy 200 members of the National Guard to help with school tests for Covid-19.
But vaccination remains the best tool to fight the pandemic, according to experts.
And some areas are doing better than others.
Thirty-five states have fully vaccinated more than half of their residents while five others – Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts – have fully vaccinated more than two-thirds, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States. .
Overall, the numbers are not as promising. As of Tuesday evening, only 56.5% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.
“We need the overwhelming proportion of those unvaccinated people to be vaccinated and then we can be pretty confident that if we can do that you won’t see a resurgence,” said Fauci, director of the National Allergy Institute and infectious diseases.
Hospital system “deeply disappointed” with Texas mandate ban
While many experts and officials urge institutions to promulgate vaccination mandates to protect employees, students and customers, some are fighting their efforts.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday issued an executive order prohibiting any entity from requiring individuals to be vaccinated.
“The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” Abbott said.
“It goes against public health guidelines and is really not the right thing to do in the midst of a pandemic,” CNN medical analyst Dr Leana Wen told John King on Tuesday. from CNN.
Dr Marc Boom, president and CEO of Houston Methodist, said the hospital system is re-examining Abbott’s executive order and its possible implications while expecting employees and doctors to be vaccinated.
“As the first hospital system in the country to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for employees and doctors, we are deeply disappointed with the governor’s order that attempts to ban such warrants,” Boom said in a statement, noting that system employees and physicians are 100% compliant.
“We have fulfilled our sacred obligation to keep our patients safe, by putting them first. Not only are our patients safe, we are able to stay healthy at work and be there for our community when they need us most. “
Mandate bans have been particularly relevant to healthcare systems, where some professionals have resigned because of such measures and others have advocated for them to protect their colleagues and vulnerable patients.
According to a new Axios-Ipsos poll, a majority of Americans, 65%, support the requirement for vaccines for everyone who works in a healthcare facility.
He also revealed that more Americans, 30%, expect it to take more than a year to return to normal life before Covid, compared to 9% who thought so in early June.
Fewer people also say they have returned to their normal lives – 22% now compared to 28% in June – or say it will happen in the next six months – 13% compared to 36% in June – according to the poll.
In a sign of normalcy, senior administration officials told CNN that the United States plans to ease travel restrictions for fully vaccinated visitors from Canada and Mexico from early November, easing bans in in force for more than 18 months.
Moderna offers a lower vaccine dose
Given that the United States has approved booster doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for some vulnerable Americans – and officials are weighing the approval of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recalls – Moderna on Tuesday urged the FDA to allow a dose of 50 micrograms, according to documents released before a key meeting.
The company said this dose increases protection against the coronavirus while helping to keep the global vaccine supply higher.
This dose is half the size of the 100 microgram doses used in the primary series of the two-dose vaccine.
Moderna requests authorization of the smallest dose at least six months after the second dose for certain groups: people 65 years of age and over; people aged 18 to 64 who are at high risk of severe Covid-19; and people aged 18 to 64 whose exposure to the coronavirus in their environment or work exposes them to complications or serious illness from Covid-19.
On Thursday, the FDA’s independent vaccine advisers are expected to discuss and vote on whether to recommend recalls for the Moderna vaccine. Councilors are expected to discuss and vote on whether to recommend the authorization of recalls for Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine on Friday. Both vaccines are already approved for use in people 18 years of age and older. VRBPAC members will also hear a presentation on Friday on “mix and match” booster doses.
CNN’s Naomi Thomas, Deidre McPhillips, Julian Cummings, Rosalina Nieves and Jamie Gumbrecht contributed to this report.