The FDA is likely to authorize Pfizer / biotech’s coronavirus vaccine for that age group by early next week, federal officials told CNN. When that is the case, the US will “Ready to move now” to vaccinate the teenager, said Andy Slavitt, a senior adviser to the White House̵7;s Covid-19.
Experts include Dr. Anthony Fozi estimates that between 70% and 85% of the US population need to be immune to the virus through previous vaccination or infection to control its spread. The U.S. may depend on high school students’ immunizations when they get there, he said.
CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner said the national vaccination targets set by Biden’s administration were difficult to reach due to slowing levels of vaccination.
And although advances in vaccination are likely to lead to significant reductions in deaths. But Reiner said the United States must be vigilant to avoid a fall surge.
Moved from mass vaccinations to local pharmacies.
A significant part of the teen vaccination plan depends on the use of local resources, such as the pediatrician office, Slavitt said.
The plan is also in line with a larger strategy to provide greater access to vaccination by moving from multiple vaccination locations to walk-in appointments at local pharmacies.
For example, California officials said the large-scale COVID-19 vaccination facility at the famous Oakland Coliseum will be closed this month following appointments. “Dropped sharply” over the past few weeks.
The announcement came after the decision to close Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, which Mayor Eric Garcetti once hailed, was the largest vaccination facility in the United States later this month as officials shifted efforts. To a smaller and more community-focused path
Meanwhile, CVS will offer same-day, walk-in vaccination appointments at more than 8,300 pharmacies, the company told CNN on Wednesday.
Super Bowl tickets for vaccinated fans
As the US became more immune to the virus, large entertainment venues were opened.
“We will continue to follow the advice of health and safety leaders and, most importantly, encourage people to get vaccinated,” said the agency.
And cruise ships, where the coronavirus outbreak began, may begin simulating trips with volunteer passengers ordered from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The guidelines are a new step in the CDC’s Framework for Conditional Sailing Order, published in October, as a way to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 on cruise ships and eventually resume passenger cruises.
Some events may trigger vaccination.
The National Football League has announced plans for vaccinated fans to win free tickets for the next Super Bowl. “Their story about why they got vaccinated or will soon be vaccinated” will receive a pair of Super Bowl LVI tickets.
And on Wednesday, the city of Chicago announced a monthly series of concerts dedicated to people who received the COVID-19 vaccine.
The United States’ global responsibility to make sure the world does not “Suffering and Dying” from COVID-19
The Biden administration announced its support on Wednesday to loosen patent rules on the Covid-19 vaccine, which could increase global supply as countries like India face a major epidemic.
“If we are together, if we work together, if we work together and collaborate with countries around the world, I believe we can make this outbreak happen,” said US surgeon Dr. Vivek Merty.
Fauci said countries like the United States, with adequate vaccine resources, are responsible for helping vaccination programs for the rest of the world, Fauci said.
“I believe we have a moral obligation,” he said, “to make sure the rest of the world does not suffer and die as it is from what we can save them and protect them.”
Fauci said he would be fine with the exclusion of the patent protection for the vaccine, among other options.
“We have to get to the end and the last game is equal vaccination, however we get to that point fine for me, we just have to get there,” Fauci said.
CNN’s Naomi Thomas, Betsy Klein, Maggie Fox, Virginia Langmaid, Cheri Mossburg, Jamiel Lynch, Ryan Prior, David Close, Kelsie Smith and Lauren Mascarenhas contributed to this report.