Vaccines for children under 12 coming soon, says Biden
Joe Biden suggested that his administration may soon approve vaccination of children under 12.
Speaking on a nationwide tour to encourage more people to get vaccinated, the US president told a televised town hall in Cincinnati, Ohio that children under 12, who are currently not eligible for the three coronavirus vaccines available in the United States, could be vaccinated by August or later in the fall.
Biden said it was “extremely important” for Americans to get vaccinated and noted that virtually everyone hospitalized with Covid had not been vaccinated. It comes as new daily cases have stumbled[led in the past two weeks to more than 37,000.
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The coronavirus pandemic continues to dog the Tokyo Olympics with only a day to go before the opening ceremony.
Two more athletes have tested positive for the virus in the Olympic village, according to Reuters citing the Games organisers. There are now 12 new positive cases overall, including the two athletes, bringing the total to 87.
Friday night’s ceremony is expected to be a low-key affair and has suffered another heavy blow by reports that Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister who has done so much to attract the Games to Japan, will not participate. Broadcaster NHK said Abe decided not to attend the ceremony after the Japanese government declared a state of emergency and virus restrictions in Tokyo. Abe’s office was not immediately reachable on Thursday, a public holiday in Japan, Reuters said.
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The main developments of the last few hours are:
- Cases in the United States have tripled in the past two weeks as the Delta variant takes hold and vaccinations slow down. There were more than 37,000 cases on Tuesday, up from fewer than 13,700 on July 6.
- Joe Biden tells Americans it is “extremely important” that they get vaccinated as he stepped up his efforts to encourage greater use of the jab. The president said that children under 12 may soon be vaccinated.
- Two more athletes tested positive for coronavirus in Tokyo Olympic Village on the eve of the opening ceremony of the Games, according to reports.
- Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not attend Friday’s opening ceremony, media reported Thursday.
- The Australian Olympic leader appeared to tell the Premier of Queensland this she had to go to the ceremony in Tokyo. Queensland’s capital Brisbane won the 2032 Games, but Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would not attend the ceremony.
- YouTube deleted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s videos for spreading false information about the pandemic. He regularly downplayed the severity of the virus and touted unproven cures.
- China rejects WHO plan for second phase of study into origins of Covid-19 because it contains “language that does not respect science,” Vice-Chairman of the Health Committee Zeng Yixin said Thursday.
- Covid-19 hospital admissions in England peak in nearly five months, with 752 admissions were reported on July 19. This is a 21% increase from the previous week and the highest daily count since February 25.
- Outbreak in Australia’s most populous state of NSW has worsened with 124 new daily cases, of which 70 were contagious in the community. The state is locked down with Victoria and South Australia.
- Thailand recorded another record number of new daily cazs on Thursday. There are 13,655 new infections and 87 deaths. More public spaces will be closed in Bangkok and other high-risk areas, including parks.
- Fiji recorded highest number of weekly deaths of the Covid, including two pregnant women.
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