The Ministry of Health of the Nation reported 14,115 new cases and another 291 deaths from coronavirus reported in the last 24 hours.
The figures for this Thursday showed a slight decrease in the number of infections, after the 15,883 cases reported on Wednesday, and a significant decrease in the number of deaths, after 471 reported yesterday.
The total number of infections is thus close to five million (4,905,925), while 105,113 fatalities have been reached since the start of the pandemic.
According to the official report, there are 4,090 people admitted to intensive care, while the occupancy of ICU beds for all pathologies is 55.9% nationwide and 54% in the AMBA.
In the last 24 hours, 98,149 tests were carried out, which results in a positivity of 14.38%, a figure lower than at other times of the pandemic but still above the 10% recommended by the World Health Organization.
The number of infected places Argentina in a worrying place: it is the country with the highest contagion rate among nations with more than 20 million inhabitants.
The average, according to the latest update of the Worldometers site, is slightly more than 107 thousand cases per million inhabitants.
Vaccines in adolescents and boys
The Argentine Society of Pediatrics (SAP) and experts from various branches of medicine and science endorsed the government’s plan to vaccinate adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 with risk factors against the coronavirus.
The Government reported that the doses have already begun to be distributed. In this context, the City enabled online registration for that age group from Thursday. Those who want to sign up must enter buenosaires.gob.ar/vacunacovid.
To immunize this sector of the population, vaccines from the Moderna laboratory donated by the United States on July 17 will be used. It is estimated that after the operation there will be a remnant of 1.6 million doses. This possibility opens a debate on whether it is necessary to vaccinate minors without risk factors.
Ángela Gentile, head of Epidemiology at the Gutiérrez Children’s Hospital and member of the commission of experts that advises the national government, suggests that the discussion should take place on a basis: “that all adults with risk factors have two doses, either with the same vaccine or through the exchange of platforms, a study on which there will be scientific results in the short term, “he explained to Clarion.
Vaccines for young adolescents in other parts of the world. AFP photo.
“The incidence of death in children is 0.17 per 100,000 inhabitants. The balance between risk and benefit does not base the immediate immunization of healthy children. But it is necessary to finish vaccinating the world’s adults. This is not a problem in every country It belongs to humanity, “said Marta Cohen, a pediatric pathologist, recognized by the Queen of England for her practice of medicine.
Elizabeth Patricia Bogdanowicz, Pediatric infectologist of the Argentine Society of Pediatrics, also contributed her gaze, in dialogue with Radio Provincia: “Children in general who have very mild symptoms, children infect less than adults but when older children do the disease begin to equal the transmissibility capacity of the virus as the adult, therefore the pediatric population must be vaccinated to reach herd immunization and control the circulation of these strains, such as the Delta now “.