Washington dc / 08.08.2021 16:51:42
The United States counts 1,450 children hospitalized by covid-19, the highest number so far in the pandemic, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis Collins, warned this Sunday.
In an interview with the network’s “This Week” program ABC News, Collins considered that the country should never have reached the point where it is, with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases caused by the Delta variant.
“The highest number of children so far in the entire pandemic,” he said, “is currently in the hospital, 1,450 children in the hospital for covid-19.” Many of them, being under 12 years old, were not vaccinated.
Collins noted that the United States is paying “a terrible price” in the face of rapidly increasing cases, especially among unvaccinated people.
“We have vaccines that we know are highly effective and safe, and yet half the country is still not fully vaccinated,” the official complained. “Almost all the deaths are in unvaccinated people. And now they are younger people, including children.”
Although he indicated that they do not have “rigorous data” that point to the Delta being more serious for children, he admitted that he hears the concern of pediatricians because in this new peak of the contagion of the disease “the children who are in the hospital are more numerous and more seriously ill“.
Asked about the next start of the school year, asked parents to think of masks as a “medical device that saves lives “and not as a” political statement or an invasion of their freedoms “, and considered that its use will prevent outbreaks that force a return to remote learning.
He also warned that if children who return to school in person are not required to wear masks “this virus will spread more widely.”
The president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Randi Weingarten, declared in the space “Meet the Press”, of NBC News, that 90 percent of the professors that make up that union have been vaccinated and admitted that are considering reconsidering their policy from last October on voluntary vaccination of its members.
“I believe that circumstances have changed and that vaccination is a responsibility of the community,” he said and confessed that he “weighs a lot” that children under 12 cannot yet be vaccinated.
He admitted that there are “important religious objections and exemptions.” and medical, so it was important to keep them in mind when working on its vaccine policy, citing as an example President Joe Biden’s decision that people can choose to inject or be tested on a regular basis.
“I believe that the combination of vaccines and masks will protect our youngest children,” he said, although he pointed out that for this it is also important to work with parents.
In the same program, the main epidemiologist of the United States Government, Anthony Fauci, reiterated that there will be no federal mandate to require immunization against covid.
However, he estimated that if the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fully approves the vaccines that now have emergency use authorization, something that he estimated could occur “in the coming weeks,” many companies and private entities could announce mandates. vaccination.
The US is “failing” in the fight against covid-19, affirms the NIH
“Yes, we are failing” in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic, alerted Collins, this at a time when the country registers the highest levels of infections in six months.
The increase in the presence of the highly communicable Delta variant of the virus, generated that the total of new daily cases reached 118 thousand, its highest level since February, deaths increased 89 percent in the last two weeks, and hospitals Children in states like Florida will be “overwhelmed” as young people are increasingly affected.
Fears about the Delta variant have caused vaccination rates to rise. But nevertheless, millions of people, especially in conservative majority areas, remain skeptical despite scientific reports confirming the safety of vaccines.
In Florida, one of the states hardest hit by the increase in cases, Gov. Ron DeSantis sparked angry protests by banning school districts from requiring the use of face masks.
“We would not be where we are with this surge in Delta if we had been more effective in vaccinating everyone,” Collins said. “Now we are paying a terrible price.”
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tweeted Sunday that even asymptomatic children can transmit the coronavirus and defended the use of face masks “in closed environments, including schools.”
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona urged schools on CBS on Sunday, many of which have free covid vaccination clinics, to “let educational leaders lead.”
The Florida Department of Health authorized schools on Friday to require the use of face masks in their facilities. But, in an attempt to make everyone happy, he also gave the students permission to ignore that obligation if their parents so requested.