© Reuters. PHOTO OF SHEETS: Dr. Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease expert, testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, on July 20, 2021. J. Scott Applewhite / Pool via REUTERS
By Linda So
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease expert, said Sunday he supports COVID-19 vaccine warrants for school-going children as the highly contagious variant of Delta coronavirus it continues to fuel an increase in cases in the nation.
“I think forcing vaccines for kids to show up at school is a good idea,” Fauci told CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “We’ve been doing this for decades and decades, needing vaccines for polio, measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis.”
Currently, children under the age of 12 are not eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. But Fauci, in a separate interview on ABC’s “This Week” program, said there should be enough data in early October for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to consider whether the shooting is safe for children under this age.
“I think there’s a reasonable chance” that the Pfizer-BioNTech or Modern (NASDAQ 🙂 Vaccines could get FDA approval for children under 12 before the next holiday season, said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and medical advisor at head of the White House, last Tuesday.
As schools reopen for the fall, the increase in coronavirus cases is already causing major alterations.
Dozens of schools across the country have had to delay the start of the school year or close them since opening in August, according to data from the Burbio monitoring website https://cai.burbio.com / school-opening-tracker. Their data show that the impact on schools so far has been strongest in the south, the epicenter of the current increase in cases and where vaccination rates among people who are already eligible are generally the lowest in the country. .
The reopening of schools also contributes to the shortage of supply of COVID-19 tests in the United States, as schools recover surveillance programs that will require tens of millions of tests, according to industry executives and state health officials, as reported by Reuters https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-covid-19-tests-again-short-supply-infections-soar-schools-reopen-2021-08-27 last week.
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