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The US has the highest number of children hospitalized by coronavirus so far

United States counts 1,450 hospitalized children for the coronavirus, the highest number so far in the pandemic, warned this Sunday the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH, in English), Francis Collins.

In an interview with the program “This Week” of ABC News, Collins considered that the country He should never have gotten to the point where he is, with a resurgence of coronavirus cases caused by the delta variant.

“We have vaccines that we know are highly effective and safe and yet half the country is still not fully vaccinated“, the official complained.

Collins noted that the United States is paying “a terrible price”, due to the rapid increase in cases, especially among unvaccinated people.

“Almost all deaths are from unvaccinated people. And now they are younger people, including children, “he warned.

“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 of age, they were not vaccinated.

“But the rest of us over the age of 12 we could have done a better job “, he sentenced.

The Delta variant

Although he indicated that they do not have “rigorous data” that point to the Delta being more serious for children, he admitted that he listens to the pediatricians concern 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 upcoming start of the school year, he asked parents to think of masks as a “life-saving medical device” 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.

The president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Randi Weingarten, declared in space “Meet the press”, from NBC News, that 90% of the teachers who make up this union have been vaccinated and admitted that they are considering reconsidering their policy from last October on voluntary vaccination of their members.

“I believe that circumstances have changed and that vaccination is a community responsibility“, he pointed out and confessed that it” weighs a lot “for him that children under 12 cannot yet be vaccinated.

Admitted that they exist “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 think that the combination of vaccines and masks will protect our children smaller “, he affirmed, although he pointed out that for this it is also important to work with the parents.

In the same program, the main epidemiologist of the United States Government, Anthony Fauci, reiterated that there will be no federal mandate to demand immunization against covid.

However, he estimated that if the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fully approves the vaccines that are now authorized for emergency use – something that he estimated could occur “in the coming weeks” – many companies and private entities could announce vaccination mandates.

Source: EFE

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