Covid-19: the United States is behind on booster injections compared to other Western countries


On Sunday, taking the third shot in the UK (55.4% of the total population), Germany (55%), France (51.1%) and Canada (44%) eclipsed the US figure of 27 .6%, according to Our World in Data.

Evidence showing high rates of protection against the virus from three doses and an increase in cases fueled by the Omicron variant in the United States has struggled to convince the American public to take the third shot, reports CNN’s Jacqueline Howard. . According to CNN analysis of data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate of booster doses entering weapons is the lowest in months.

Experts say Covid-19 fatigue and the partisan divide, which has plagued the US vaccination campaign, are partly to blame for these numbers: A Kaiser Family Foundation survey released last month found that 58% of Democrats fully vaccinated Republicans who did not get the booster expressed interest in a third dose, compared to just 18% of fully vaccinated Republicans who did not receive it.

Declining immunity complicates the situation. Israel began vaccinating at-risk populations and people over 60 with a fourth dose on Jan. 2, and a pre-print study from the country suggests that the extra dose from Pfizer/BioNTech appears to offer better protection against infections. and serious illnesses only three doses of the vaccine.

CDC studies released last week showed fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations after the third dose than after the second dose, but its effectiveness declined over time.

In the face of waning protection, reminders are key to helping push the coronavirus into endemic disease instead of causing pandemic levels of infection, Andy Pekosz, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, told CNN.

YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED.

Q: When can young children be vaccinated against Covid-19 in the United States?

A: The timeline by which children under five could begin receiving Covid-19 vaccines in the United States has just been pushed back.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is waiting for Pfizer-BioNTech to submit data from an ongoing trial of a three-dose regimen in these young children before moving forward with the review. emergency use authorization.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is currently licensed for use in people as young as five years old. If the new emergency use authorization is granted, this vaccine will be the first coronavirus vaccine available for the youngest children – and the tentative plan is to initially roll out about 10 million doses of the vaccine, according to a CDC document. .

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READINGS OF THE WEEK

Canada invokes emergency powers to try to stop truckers’ protest

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has invoked emergency powers in an attempt to sever financial support for the “freedom convoy” protests that have congested the streets of Canada’s capital Ottawa for weeks. They have also obstructed access to North America’s busiest land crossing as truckers and their supporters demonstrate against vaccination mandates and pandemic measures.

The Emergencies Act may provide for the use of the military, but does not necessarily lead to it, and Trudeau has said the government is not sending troops. The law can also temporarily suspend citizens’ rights to freedom of movement or assembly. And the government is taking steps to end financial support for illegal protests, report Kelly McCleary and Holly Yan.

The news comes after the Ambassador Bridge between the United States and Canada reopened on Sunday and Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, announced plans to ease pandemic restrictions.

We are in the same Olympic city but remain a world apart

China’s borders have been virtually closed for two years due to Covid, and the government has granted limited visas to journalists. The Beijing Winter Olympics offered a rare chance for CNN’s Selina Wang to return to the country.

But being stuck in the closed Olympic loop – a system of multiple bubbles, including venues, conference centers and hotels, designed to keep arrivals isolated from the general population – prevented Wang from experiencing the Beijing she knows and to kiss her grandmother. In this piece, she explores the sacrifices people have made to compete in the Olympics.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, tested positive for Covid

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, tested positive for Covid-19, Clarence House said on Monday, four days after her husband Prince Charles was revealed to have contracted the virus, CNN’s Max Foster and Hannah Ryan report.

Charles began self-isolating on February 10 after testing positive for the virus for the second time. The 73-year-old heir to the British throne, who is fully vaccinated, had met Queen Elizabeth “recently”, a royal source told CNN after news broke of his latest infection. The source did not specify when the meeting took place.

The Duchess is triple vaccinated and will continue to follow all government guidelines and review engagements on this basis, a royal source said.

SUPERIOR COUNCIL

You have lost your vaccination card in the United States. Keep calm and follow these steps

No one could have predicted before the pandemic that a small piece of white paper would mean so much, reports Megan Marples. It’s the key to entering certain concert halls, traveling to certain countries and more.

Unfortunately, there is no single solution to replace the precious document. Here are some options (and tips on things that don’t work).

THE PODCAST OF THE DAY

Remember how uncomfortable and confused you felt as a teenager? It’s a time of so much change – but perhaps the most drastic transformation is happening inside the adolescent brain. In this week’s podcast, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, dives into the neuroscience of the adolescent brain to understand how teens make decisions and assess risk. Listen now.


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