Fauci says ‘kids of any age’ should be able to get vaccinated for the coronavirus by the first quarter of 2022

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, adjusts a face mask during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 18, 2021.

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted “kids of any age” will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by 2022.
  • Schools across the country are in the process of reopening for in-person learning.
  • So far, over 22% of the US population has been fully vaccinated against the disease.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases specialist, said on Sunday that all he predicts all kids will be able to receive a vaccine against the coronavirus by the beginning of 2022.

Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said “kids of any age” should be able to get a vaccine by the first quarter of 2022.

“Hopefully before then,” he said on the show.

Schools across the country are in the process of reopening for in-person learning.

Vaccine testing in kids still underway. Late-stage trial results, however, show that the Pfizer vaccine is highly effective at preventing the coronavirus in kids between the ages of 12 and 15. While children don’t typically develop the most severe symptoms of COVID-19, experts say getting them vaccinated is an important step towards herd immunity.

COVID-19 vaccines have been rolling out in the United States since December. Over 22% of the US population has so far been fully vaccinated against the disease, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Vaccinations have been staggered by groups at the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Initial vaccines were given out to front-line responders like healthcare workers and people residing in long-term facilities like nursing homes.

Then, the CDC recommended vaccine providers prioritize people over the age of 75 and give them coronavirus vaccines. Some states like New York now allow all people 16 years or older to schedule and receive a vaccine.

In order to be fully vaccinated, individuals must receive two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Both have high efficacy rates, according to CDC data. CDC officials say getting both doses of either vaccine makes people up to 90% less likely to catch the virus.

Since the start of the pandemic last year, the coronavirus has infected more than 31 million people in the United States, JHU data says. Of that, more than 566,000 Americans have died from it.

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Photos show how countries around the world are preparing to distribute COVID-19 vaccines as the pandemic rages with ferocity

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Woman holds vials labelled “COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine” over dry ice in this illustration taken, December 5, 2020.

The world is gearing up for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, in an effort to overcome the global outbreak that has killed more than 1.5 million people worldwide. 

Since the start of the pandemic, more than 67 million people around the world have caught the virus, according to the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker.

The UK is expected to distribute Pfizer’s vaccine for the novel coronavirus this week after British authorities approved it for emergency use on December 2. The United States is not too far behind as some Americans could start receiving the same vaccine by the end of this week. 

 

As Business Insider reported, effective preparation methods are crucial to ensure the seamless distribution of the Pfizer vaccine in particular, which needs to be held at minus-94 degrees Fahrenheit while in transit.

Photos show how different countries are preparing to receive mass shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech and other global pharmaceutical heavyweights.  

The United Kingdom is the first western country to authorize Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine. Frontline workers and older people will be on top of the list to receive it.

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A pharmacy technician (L) from Croydon Health Services takes possession of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccinations at Croydon University Hospital in south London on December 5, 2020.

Source: Business Insider, Sky News

Croydon University hospital in South London was one of the first sites to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines.

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A pharmacy technician from Croydon Health Services prepares a delivery of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccinations at Croydon.

Sources: Sky News, ITN

In addition to hospitals, the vaccine will be provided at unique locations including sports arenas. According to local news, nearly 1,000 people will get vaccinated on a daily basis at the Manchester Tennis and Football Centre in England.

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A delivery van enters the Manchester Tennis and Football Centre, situated beside the Etihad Stadium on December 04, 2020 in Manchester, England. The site is being converted into a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

Source: Associated Press, Manchester Evening News

In the US, American Airlines is preparing to assist with COVID-19 distribution once greenlit by health officials.

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An American Airlines cargo plane is unloaded at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., December 4, 2020. American Airlines Cargo is the largest facility for pharmaceutical products on the East Coast, and could soon be used to store coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines.

Source: Yahoo Finance

Cooling units are utilized to help store the Pfizer vaccine at the proper temperature of minus-94 degrees Fahrenheit. “The containers themselves that are loaded onto the aircraft contain the cooling units. And again, other than the dry ice that is being used by someone like Pfizer,” American Airlines Chairman and CEO Doug Parker told Yahoo Finance.

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A worker drives a forklift at the American Airlines’ cold storage facility, the largest facility for pharmaceutical products on the East Coast, that could soon be used to store coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., December 4, 2020.

Source: Yahoo Finance, Business Insider

German officials say vaccine distribution should begin there at the beginning of January.

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A worker steps down from a mobile elevating platform while while preparing the Treptow Arena events hall as a vaccine center for mass inoculations against COVID-19 during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic on December 07, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

Source: Reuters

However, the authorization has yet to be approved by European Union authorities. Once that’s done, experts say nearly 9 million people will receive the vaccine during the first wave.

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Christian Schütze, service technician, stands at the final inspection of medicine refrigerators with constant temperature distribution for vaccination centres at the company Tritec – Gesellschaft für Labortechnik und Umweltsimulation.

Source: Associated Press, The Local Germany

News reports in Germany say the country is gearing up to create 60 vaccination sites including at supermarkets, airports, and skating rinks.

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December 5, 2020, Wilhelmshaven: THW workers assemble partition walls made of chipboard panels during the construction of a vaccination centre in an empty supermarket of about 750 square metres.

Source: The Local Germany

Belgium Prime Minister Alexander de Croo said vaccine distribution will begin in early January. The country bought five different vaccines, including from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.

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A cargo worker moves a cool box onto a conveyer belt as he demonstrates the handling and logistics of vaccines and medicines at the DHL cargo warehouse in Steenokkerzeel, Belgium, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020.

Source: Politico

According to Reuters, Indonesia obtained 1.2 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine from the Chinese company Sinovac Biotech on Sunday.

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Officials spray disinfectant to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. as they arrive at PT Bio Farma (Persero) in the first shipment to Indonesia in Bandung, West Java province, Indonesia, December 7, 2020.

Source: Reuters

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said an additional 1.8 million doses of the vaccine are set to arrive in January.

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In this photo released by the Indonesian Presidential Palace, workers spray disinfectant over a container containing experimental coronavirus vaccines made by the Chinese company Sinovac, upon arrival at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Indonesia, late Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020.

Source: Bloomberg

Essential workers, first responders, and the military will be the first groups to receive the vaccination this month.

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Container with Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. are seen prepared to be brought to PT Bio Farma (Persero), in the first shipment to Indonesia at Soekarno Hatta International airport in Tangerang near Jakarta, December 7, 2020.

Source: Bloomberg

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