The United States is a further step towards this. A federal government official told CNN that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was in the process of approving the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine for children and adolescents aged 12 to 15 at the start of the year. next week.
“What really worries me is that these people who are already on the fence are not getting vaccinated (and) we are not achieving herd immunity in the fall,” told CNN, the CNN medical analyst Dr Leana Wen. “And then with winter … we have a big resurgence, maybe we have variants coming from other countries, and we could start this whole process over again and have another huge pandemic this winter.”
It is not all gloomy and gloomy. Some experts believe the reduction in infections will be enough, allowing most people to get back to their pre-pandemic lives as long as the number of cases continues to drop.
“We may not get to zero, we probably won’t,” Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University School of Health, told CNN on Monday. “But if we can get the infections at very low levels, most of us can get on with our lives as normal. I think we can probably live with that,” he added.
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Q: Can new or future variants ruin herd immunity?
A: Here’s the good news: The three vaccines currently in use in the United States offer strong protection against known variant strains of the coronavirus.
But as the virus continues to spread and replicate in new people, it has more opportunities to mutate. And if there are significant mutations, new, more dangerous variants could emerge. The key is to cancel out the amount of virus circulating, so that it is less likely to mutate and cause more infectious or deadly variants.
WHAT IS IMPORTANT TODAY
More Covid cases in the past two weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic
Covid-19 has caused one in three deaths in Brazil so far this year
The virus has exploded with vengeance in the South American giant in recent months – fueled in part by disregard for social distancing precautions and the emergence of new extra-contagious variants – and has claimed more lives in the past four months than in all of 2020. And despite Brazil’s strong immunization program, its deployment of Covid-19 vaccines has been slow. So far, less than 10% of the population has been vaccinated.
Europe plans a summer reopening
Officials hope the plan – which will be discussed tomorrow by ambassadors from European countries – can be implemented by the end of June. The proposals, released by the European Commission, said arrivals must have been inoculated 14 days before arrival with a vaccine from its approved list, including BioNTech / Pfizer, Oxford University / AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.
Decisions about borders can only be made by individual countries, so each member state will decide whether or not to implement these proposals.
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- World No.1 Novak Djokovic is hoping Covid-19 vaccines will not be mandatory for tennis players on tour, while refusing to reveal if he would receive a vaccine in the future. The Serb has previously said he will oppose compulsory vaccination, but has since said he will await further clarification from the tennis governing body.
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that subway service in New York will revert to a 24/7 schedule on May 17 as the state and its neighbors New Jersey and Connecticut open their doors. savings
- Americans are not getting the mental health assistance they need during the pandemic, according to a report, which found this to be especially true for the youngest, the oldest and the poorest.
- American parents – mothers in particular – have been hit hard by the pandemic. But the vaccine rollout and Washington’s pledges to spend big on child care could help moms get back to work.
TODAY’S TOP TIP
Teenage stress has been increased by the pandemic
“A lot of the teens I work with face almost crippling social anxiety, either from lack of practice after a year with little precious time with friends, or from general social insecurity,” writes psychologist John Duffy.
“Some also experience a sense of hopelessness, depression and anxiety that they have never experienced before, having always viewed themselves as positive and upbeat people. Several of my clients are now taking medication to balance their mood.” , he added.
“Our new show is a place where we can all reflect on how the pandemic has changed us and the steps we want to take to move forward, together. – Dr Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent