Coronavirus News Briefing – Oct. 25: Moderna Says Vaccine Is Safe for Children Ages 6 Through 11

By Anna Breuer on 25 October 2021
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Moderna said Monday that studies showed that its coronavirus vaccine was safe for children ages 6 through 11 and that it produced a powerful immune response in trials in that age group.

One month after children in the trial had received two doses of vaccine – each dose was 50 micrograms, half the adult dose – their antibody levels were 1.5 times higher than those seen in young adults, the drugmaker said.

Separately, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease specialist, said that inoculations for children in the age group 5 through 11 could begin to receive vaccinations using the Pfizer vaccine as early as next month.

The start is dependent on whether an advisory group to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives the green light to Pfizer’s application for use of the vaccine in that age group.

As of Monday morning, the world has recorded 244.6 million Covid-19 cases and 4.97 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 221.6 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 72,644, a -25% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,509, a change of -15% over the same period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has as of Monday recorded over 46.3 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 756,362. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, almost 34.2 million, and a death toll of 454,060, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.  Finally, Brazil has recorded the second highest number of deaths as a result of the virus, 605,682, and has seen over 21.7 million cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Monday, 220.4 million people in the United States – or 66.4% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 57.4%, or 190.6 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 413.6 million. Breaking this down further, 79.5% of the population over the age of 18 – or 205.2 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 68.9% of the same group – or 178 million people – is fully vaccinated.

More than 3.83 billion people across the globe  have received a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, a figure that roughly equates to 49.9% of the world’s population, a 0.1 percentage point increase in the past 24 hours. There remains, however, a countries such as Canada, China, Denmark, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, where at least 65% of the population has received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, and countries such as Ethiopia, Haiti, Syria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda, for example, where vaccination rates are in the single digits, if not lower.

Figures from the World Health Organization show that well-off countries are vaccinating people at the rate of one person per second, while the majority of poor countries have yet to give a single dose to its citizens.

It is critical that the world do a better job of sharing vaccines with poorer nations.

Sharing vaccines is not merely a form of charity.  Rather, the equitable distribution of vaccines is in every country’s health and economic interest and no country will be able to move past the pandemic until other countries have recovered as well.

Jonathan Spira contributed to this story.

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