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Child vaccination is the key to COVID-19 herd immunity in United States. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser of the White House, said on August 12 that although only people with impaired immune systems need to be given a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, at some point in the future, it is likely that everyone will need a booster shot.
He also said: It is expected that the US Food and Drug Administration will formally authorize the injection of the COVID-19 vaccine booster for people with weakened immune functions within the next 48 hours.
The United States, Britain and other countries also attach great importance to children’s vaccinations against COVID-19. On May 13 this year, the United States opened the prelude to the COVID-19 vaccine for 17 million 12 to 15-year-old teenagers. The US media emphasized that “this is a key part of President Biden’s promotion of herd immunity strategy.” After successful trials, the vaccines produced by Pfizer and its development partner, German Biotech, were authorized for emergency use. Pfizer has also started vaccine research for younger children. The company recruited 4,500 children from 6 months to 11 years old from European and American countries to receive lower dose injections. Preliminary data is expected to be released as early as September this year.
“Bloomberg Business Week” published an article on August 9 that more than 4 million children in the United States have tested positive for nucleic acid, and the true number of confirmed diagnoses may be higher because children are usually asymptomatic and receive fewer tests. Therefore, expanding the scope of vaccination and speeding up the intensity of vaccination are still severe tests for the United States, which wants to form “herd immunity” as soon as possible.
The United States also calls on pregnant women to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. On August 11, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an announcement stating that considering that pregnant women are at greater risk of severe symptoms or premature birth after being infected with the COVID-19 virus, it is recommended that pregnant women be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, and emphasized that “vaccination will not increase the risk of miscarriage” .
Just this summer, the British drug regulatory agency has approved Pfizer to provide COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 12 to 15. However, it is still August in the UK that the United Kingdom is really intensively arranging for children to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to a report from The Times on August 4, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, which provides recommendations for the promotion of vaccines to the British government, has changed its previous view that “we are worried about side effects and do not recommend vaccination for all people aged 12 to 17”. Instead, people between the ages of 16 and 17 should be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible to prevent a serious outbreak on middle school campuses this fall. According to reports, British Prime Minister Johnson welcomed the proposal.
Brewer, a 17-year-old young man living in the western suburbs of London, told the Global Times reporter that he was the only one among his friends who had been vaccinated against COVID-19, and mocked that two of his vaccinated partners of the same age had already been infected with the COVID-19 virus. Brewer was vaccinated because his father was a confirmed patient last year and was almost sent to the intensive care unit. His father’s experience told Brewer that even if someone laughed at him, he should be vaccinated for health.
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