Due to massive adult vaccinations, children are starting to account for a higher percentage of those infected. They currently account for over one fifth of coronavirus cases detected in the US. A year ago, infections in minors accounted for only 3 percent of all diagnosed patients.
The number of children infected with COVID-19 in May is significantly lower than during the highest recorded daily infections at the beginning of the year, but children account for over a fifth of new coronavirus cases in the United States, writes NPR radio website. A year ago, minors accounted for about 3 percent of all infections detected, and now it is 22.4 percent.
Experts link this trend mainly with high vaccination rates among American adults. Over 100 million people have already been fully vaccinated in the US. There are over five times less diagnosed cases than during the winter and the peak of the epidemic in the United States.
Waiting for a decision
The main challenge for the federal and state governments this spring is to persuade Americans between the ages of 18 and 24, who are least likely to receive injections, according to polls. In April, there was an increase in hospitalization among unvaccinated people in this age group. In Michigan, hospitals have admitted more people under the age of 24 than in any previous month.
Later this week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to approve the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children over 12 years of age.
The decision is to be announced a month after the concern informed about the positive results of the research among people aged 12-15. The decision on approval of Pfizer’s preparation for younger children is expected in the fall.
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