Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 7: Pfizer and BioNTech Seek FDA Authorization of Covid Vaccine for Children 5 to 11

Colorado Hospital System Says It Will Not Perform Transplants on Non-Vaccinated People

By Anna Breuer on 7 October 2021
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Pfizer and BioNTech said Thursday morning that had applied to the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization for their coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.  The FDA said it would move quickly on the request and has tentatively scheduled a meeting on October 26 to review the supporting data submitted by the two partners.

A ruling is expected between Halloween and Thanksgiving.

The two pharmaceuticals proposed giving children one-third of the adult dosage, a move that might require adding more dilutant to each dose or using a different type of vial or syringe.  The new method is expected to be described in the submission to the FDA.

As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded 237.2 million Covid-19 cases and almost 4.9 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 214.4 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 101,262, a -23% change.  The average daily death toll over the same period is 1,810, an increase of -13% over the same period.

In addition, since the start of the pandemic the United States has recorded 44.9 million cases, a higher figure than any other country, and a death toll of 727,710. India has the world’s second highest number of officially recorded cases, 33.89 million, and a death toll of 449,899, although experts believe that both numbers are in reality significantly higher.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Thursday, 216 million people in the United States – or 65.1% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 56.1%, or 186.4 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 398.7 million. Breaking this down further, 77.9% of the population over the age of 18 – or 201.2 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 67.5% of the same group – or 174.3 million people – is fully vaccinated.

A Colorado hospital is telling transplant patients that they must either get vaccinated or lose their place on the transplant list.  UCHealth, a not-for-profit health care system, headquartered in Aurora, Colorado, which has hospitals and facilities throughout the state as well as in Nebraska and Wyoming, has already told at least one prospective transplant patient and her living donor of the policy.  The hospital cited a significantly higher mortality rate among transplant recipients who test positive for Covid-19 as the reason for the policy.

“This is why it is essential that both the recipient and the living donor be vaccinated and take other precautions prior to undergoing transplant surgery,” the hospital said in a statement. “Surgeries may be postponed until patients take all required precautions in order to give them the best chance at positive outcomes.”

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