US Coronavirus: Covid-19 cases fall to new lows in the US. But unvaccinated children are a ‘vulnerable host’ for the virus, expert says
But while the adult population is being vaccinated, experts continue to raise awareness of children who have not yet been vaccinated.
Dr. Richina Bicette, assistant medical director at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, told CNN that children make up nearly 25% of all Covid-19 cases in the United States.
“As adults are vaccinated and become better protected and immune to this virus, the virus is still looking for a vulnerable host and pediatric patients who fit that description,” Bicette said.
Children 12 and older can receive the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, and outreach efforts have already begun in the race to protect eligible adolescents.
“I wanted to get my vaccine because it benefits me, because of the summer time and also because I have to go to school,” said 14-year-old Aaliyah Jennings, who told CNN that she received her first dose of vaccine in New York on Friday .
On June 10, vaccine advisors will meet with the US Federal Drug Administration to discuss approving Covid-19 vaccines for children under the age of 11.
We’re not there yet, but we’re getting closer
Despite the fact that less than half of the total US population is fully vaccinated – around 42% – there is progress in people’s assessment of the impact the coronavirus pandemic has on their lives.
“Almost all demographic subgroups of the population have shown major changes in reports since last fall that their lives are back to normal,” the survey said.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the US saw an average of about 14,300 new cases per day for the past week, up from nearly 71,300 daily in mid-April. During the country’s infection peak last winter, the daily average of new cases was 250,000.
The states are noticing the progress. Mass vaccination sites in Massachusetts will begin closing this month, Governor Charlie Baker said in a press release, announcing that 79% of adult residents have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
New Jersey passed law this week to end the public health emergency sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic as restrictions on group gatherings across the state are lifted.
Meanwhile, Hawaii has eased some of its restrictions as it reached a vaccine milestone. Governor David Ige said Friday that he will lift all restrictions on inter-county travel on June 15 and announced that 52% of his state’s population will be fully vaccinated.
“The easing of travel restrictions is a direct result of our robust vaccination rate and a community that has sacrificed for the past year and a half and done what it had to do to stop the spread of Covid-19,” Ige said.
Companies are pushing for a return to normal
President Joe Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70% of adults with at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine by July 4 has proven difficult to say the least, and states are offering incentives ranging from grants to Lotteries are enough to increase the demand for vaccines.
Now enter free beer.
This week, Anheuser-Busch teamed up with the White House to promise 21-year-olds and older a round of free beer if the country hits its destination.
“Anheuser-Busch will buy America’s next round of beer, seltzer, soft drinks and other AB products,” said a company press release.
The company does not require vaccines for passengers, but those who are not vaccinated “must undergo tests and follow other protocols,” a company press release said.
“That’s it. Vacationers can finally start planning to take their precious time off this summer and really get away from it all after a challenging time for everyone,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, in the press release.
CNN’s Lauren Mascarenhas, Ariel Edwards-Levy, Polo Sandoval, Mallika Kallingal, Elizabeth Joseph and Andy Rose contributed to this report.