Coronavirus News Update – May 11: FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for 12- to 15-Year-Olds

Austria Details Its Reopening Plans

By Anna Breuer on 11 May 2021
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Vienna’s famous Riesenrad, or Giant Ferris Wheel

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children ages 12 to 15.  The move allows millions to be immunized before summer camp and the coming school year. “The light at the end of the tunnel is growing, and today it got a little brighter,” said President Joseph Biden in a statement after the news was announced.

As of Tuesday morning, the world crossed the 160 million mark for Covid-19 cases and has seen over 3.32 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, over 137.7 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year, the world has administered more than 1.32 billion doses as of Friday morning, the equivalent of over 17 doses for every 100 people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Tuesday, 152.81 million people in the United States have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.  Approximately 58.2% of the population over the age of 18 – some 158.3 million people – has received at least a first inoculation, including 114.4 million people, or 44.3% of the same population, who have received both doses. Overall, 34.8% of the population, or 115.5 million people, has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

“Only good news,” said Austrian Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz on Monday, in announcing details around the Alpine nation’s first steps towards normalcy.  When public life makes its return in Austria on May 19, those with a Grüner Zutrittspass or Green Pass, a name borrowed for a similar concept first used in Israel, obtainable by individuals who are fully vaccinated, had a recent negative coronavirus test, or have Covid antibodies, will be able to enter restaurants, hotels, fitness centers, and cultural institutions.

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