The US is one step nearer to that. A federal authorities official informed NCS the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is poised to authorize Pfizer/BioNTech’s vaccine for youngsters and teenagers aged 12 to 15 by early subsequent week.
“What I really worry about is that those people who are already on the fence don’t get vaccinated (and) we don’t reach herd immunity come the fall,” NCS medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen informed NCS. “And then with the winter … we have a big resurgence, maybe we have variants coming in from other countries, and we could start this whole process all over again and have another huge pandemic come the winter.”
It is not all doom and gloom. Some consultants suppose driving down infections will probably be adequate, permitting most individuals to get again to their pre-pandemic lives so long as case numbers proceed to plummet.
“We may not get to zero, we probably won’t,” Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Health, informed NCS on Monday. “But if we can get the infections at very low levels, most of us can get back to our lives in normal ways. I think we can probably live with that,” he added.
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Q: Can new or future variants break herd immunity?
A: Here’s the excellent news: All three vaccines presently used within the US give robust safety towards identified variant strains of the coronavirus.
But because the virus retains spreading and replicating in new individuals, it has extra alternatives to mutate. And if there are important mutations, new and extra harmful variants may emerge. The secret’s to quash the quantity of virus circulating, so it has fewer probabilities to mutate and trigger extra infectious or deadlier variants.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
More Covid circumstances in final two weeks than first six months of pandemic
Covid-19 triggered one in three deaths in Brazil to date this yr
The virus has surged with a vengeance within the South American large in current months — fueled partly by a disregard for social distancing precautions and the emergence of extra-contagious new variants — and has claimed extra lives prior to now 4 months than in all of 2020. And regardless of Brazil’s sturdy immunization program, its rollout of Covid-19 vaccines has been sluggish. So far, lower than 10% of the inhabitants has been vaccinated.
Europe plans a summer season reopening
Officials hope the plan — which will probably be mentioned by ambassadors of European international locations tomorrow — may very well be carried out by the tip of June. The proposals, revealed by the European Commission, suggested that arrivals will need to have been inoculated 14 days earlier than arrival with a vaccine from its authorised record, together with BioNTech/Pfizer, Oxford University/AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.
Decisions about borders can solely be made by particular person international locations, so every member state will resolve whether or not to implement these proposals or not.
ON OUR RADAR
- World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says he hopes Covid-19 vaccines will not be obligatory for tennis gamers on tour, whereas refusing to reveal whether or not he would get a vaccine sooner or later. The Serbian has beforehand stated he would oppose obligatory vaccination however has since stated he would wait for more clarification from the tennis governing body.
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced Monday that subway service in New York City will return to a 24/7 schedule on May 17 because the state and neighbors New Jersey and Connecticut open up their economies
- Americans are not getting the psychological well being help they want through the pandemic, in accordance to a report, which discovered this to be very true for the youngest, oldest and most impoverished.
- America’s mother and father — moms particularly — have been hit arduous by the pandemic. But the vaccine rollout and Washington’s guarantees to spend large on little one care may assist mothers get back to work.
TODAY’S TOP TIP
Teen stress has been heightened by the pandemic
“Many teens I work with deal with a nearly crippling social anxiety, either from a lack of practice after a year with precious little time with friends, or because of overall social insecurity,” writes psychologist John Duffy.
“Some also feel a sense of desperation, depression and anxiety they have never experienced before, always having considered themselves positive, upbeat people. Several of my clients are now taking medication to balance their moods,” he added.
“Our new show is a place where we can all reflect on how the pandemic has changed us and what steps we want to take to move forward, together.” — Dr. Sanjay Gupta, NCS Chief Medical Correspondent