Nearly 1 million children ages 5 to 11 have received their first COVID-19 shot within the first week of eligibility, the Biden administration announced last week.
But the proliferation of COVID-19 shots to elementary school children has revealed yet another blind spot in the nation’s efforts to address pandemic inequalities: Health systems have released little data on the racial breakdown of juvenile vaccinations, and community leaders fear blacks and Latinos children are falling behind.
Only a handful of states have published data on COVID-19 vaccinations by race and age, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not compile racial breakdowns either.
In the few sites that report pediatric COVID-19 vaccines by race, the breakdowns vary.
In Michigan, Connecticut and Washington, DC, white children were vaccinated at much higher rates than their black counterparts. But in New York City, white children between the ages of 13 and 17 are vaccinated at lower prices than black, Latino and Asian children.
In Connecticut, the vaccination rate for 12- to 17-year-olds in many affluent, predominantly white cities exceeds 80%.
The Biden administration said it spends nearly $ 800 million on supporting organizations seeking to expand vaccine trust among colored communities and low-income Americans.
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► Cases are rising in 31 states, shows a USA TODAY analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. The fallout rate for the week ending Monday was 584,449, up 15% from a recent low of the week ending October 26, just three weeks earlier.
► On Monday, the CDC moved four European travel destinations – Hungary, Iceland, the Czech Republic and Guernsey – at its highest risk, “Level 4” category. The CDC recommends avoiding travel to destinations in this category that have an incidence rate of more than 500 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 persons over the past 28 days.
► Maine surpassed his record for the number of people in the state admitted with COVID-19.
► the state of New York is extension of eligibility for COVID-19 booster to those who “feel in danger”.
► A hospital in Houston temporarily suspended a doctor for spreading false information about COVID-19 to its patients and on social media.
Tal Today’s numbers: The United States has recorded more than 47 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 764,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Global totals: More than 253 million cases and 5.1 million deaths. More than 195 million Americans – 58.8% of the population – are fully vaccinated, According to the CDC.
📘 What we read: While doctors’ offices and pharmacies are filling appointments to vaccinate children, parents across the country are looking forward to the freedoms their children can enjoy after receiving their syringe. But The issue of masking – especially in schools – is still pending.
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Pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer Inc. has signed an agreement with a UN-backed group to allow other manufacturers to make their experimental COVID-19 pill, a step that could make the treatment available to more than half of the world’s population.
In a statement issued Tuesday, Pfizer said it would license the antiviral pill to the Geneva-based Medicines Patent Pool, which would allow generic drug companies to produce the pill for use in 95 countries, which make up about 53% of the world’s population.
The agreement excludes some large countries that have suffered devastating coronavirus outbreaks. For example, while a Brazilian pharmaceutical company could obtain a license to manufacture the pill for export to other countries, the drug could not be manufactured generically for use in Brazil.
Still, health officials said the fact that the deal was made even before Pfizer’s pill has been approved anywhere could help end the pandemic sooner.
“It’s quite significant that we will be able to provide access to a drug that seems to be effective and has just been developed to more than 4 billion people,” said Esteban Burrone, Head of Policy at Medicines Patent Pool.
– Associated Press
In a Monday interview hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center, said Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci: “If you get vaccinated and your family is vaccinated, you can enjoy a typical Thanksgiving, Christmas with your family and close friends.”
With still many cases, Fauci urged Americans to wear masks when in groups of people indoors.
“But when you’re with your family at home, enjoy it with your parents, your children, your grandparents,” he said. “There’s no reason not to.”
A new report from a panel of government, academic and journalistic leaders called for a clearer federal strategy to address misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic as part of 15 broad recommendations to reduce the “damage chain reaction” caused by false information.
The report, released Monday by the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder, followed a six-month investigation into the spread of COVID-related misinformation. It stressed the need for a “comprehensive federal approach” with clearly defined responsibilities across the executive.
“At the time of writing, the federal government lacks any clear leadership and strategy for the disinformation problem despite its own recognition of the impact on public health, elections, businesses, technology and continued campaigns on colored communities, including immigrants and refugees,” the report said. “This lack of leadership, ownership or strategy hampers efforts, delays response times and overlaps efforts.”
The panel also called for social media platforms for more transparency in the sharing of background information on viral posts and how they are disseminated, among other recommendations, including the creation of a “Public Restoration Fund” to develop “systemic misinformation countermeasures through education, research and investment”. in local institutions. “
A Palm Beach County teacher at the center of a fight to get a hospital to administer an unproven drug against her worsening COVID-19 symptoms is dead from the disease.
Tamara Drock, 47, of Loxahatchee, Florida, died of complications from COVID-19 Friday, 12 weeks after being admitted to Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center for treatment, her husband said.
While battling the disease, her husband, Ryan Drock, sued the hospital last month in an attempt to require it to administer ivermectin, a drug approved to treat conditions caused by parasitic but not COVID-19 conditions.
The closely monitored case became one of several across the country trying to force hospitals to administer the drug, which has gained popularity in conservative circles as a potential treatment for severe cases of the disease.
However, the drug is not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat it. The federal agency says it has not proven effective against COVID-19 in preclinical trials.
– Andrew Marra, Palm Beach Post
Starring: Associated Press
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