Joe Biden has expressed optimism that young children will soon be eligible for Covid-19 vaccines, while urging unvaccinated Americans to take the “gigantic important” step of getting vaccinated as the virus spreads throughout. United States.
Speaking at a televised city hall in Cincinnati on Wednesday, hosted by CNN, Biden said that children under the age of 12, who are currently ineligible for the three coronavirus vaccines available in the US, could receive vaccinations in August or later in the fall.
Last week, an FDA official told NBC News that approval for the Covid-19 vaccine for younger children could come in mid-winter. Modern other Pfizer-BioNTech Both launched trials of their Covid-19 vaccines for children under the age of 12 in March, with results expected in the fall.
“They don’t promise me a specific date, but my expectation, talking to the scientists,” Biden said at city hall, “is that sometimes, maybe at the beginning of the school year, late August, early September, October, you’ll get final approval to vaccinate children. But, he added, the final decision rests with FDA and CDC officials. “I don’t tell any scientist what to do. I don’t interfere, ”Biden said.
In the meantime, he said, the CDC would likely recommend that “everyone under the age of 12 should probably wear masks to school.”
Responding to a question posed by a Democrat running for the school board, Biden said: “That’s probably what’s going to happen. Secondly, those 12 years and older who can be vaccinated: if they are vaccinated, they should not wear a mask, if they are not vaccinated, they should wear a mask. “Currently, the CDC recommends that” all people (2 years and older ) who are not fully vaccinated should wear masks indoors. “
Covid-19 cases have nearly tripled in the US over the past two weeks, and the seven-day moving average for new daily cases rose to more than 37,000 on Tuesday, down from less than 13,700 on July 6. , according to data from Johns Hopkins. College. Only 56.2% of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the CDC.
The president expressed frustration that many Americans who were eligible for vaccines were not receiving them. “We have a pandemic for those who have not received the vaccine, it is that basic, that simple,” Biden said. “If you are vaccinated, you will not be hospitalized, you will not be in the IC unit and you will not die.”
Some public health experts pointed out that Biden’s statement was not entirely true: Although most coronavirus cases and hospitalizations occur among unvaccinated people and “breakthrough” infections among vaccinated are rare, the virus still it can pose a life-threatening risk to them, especially the many immunosuppressed people for whom vaccines do not provide adequate protection.
“So it’s hugely important that we all act like Americans who care about our fellow citizens” and get vaccinated, Biden said.
Declining vaccination rates occur when misinformation about vaccines remains a major problem. Biden recently said that tech giants like Facebook were “killing people” by failing to curb rampant misinformation online about the safety and efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine.
At city hall, Biden also made an indirect reference to high-profile conservative personalities on Fox News who are now speaking more openly with their guests and skeptical viewers about the benefits of getting vaccinated. Sean Hannity recently told viewers, “I believe in the science of vaccination” and urged them to take the disease seriously. Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy told viewers this week that the vaccination “will save your life.”