ALMOST a week removed from his first joint session of Congress, President Joe Biden will deliver remarks about the Covid-19 pandemic and vaccinations.
Biden‘s remarks will come at a time when the pace of vaccinations nationwide has slowed down, even though every American adult is now eligible for the jab.
During an appearance on May 3, he defended his proposals to increase taxes on corporations and the wealthy to pay for his plans.
According to reports, Biden is expected to announce the authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for adolescents as young as 12-years-old, as approved by the Federal Drug Administration.
The move will allow many American middle and high school students to be vaccinated against Covid-19 well before the start of the next school year.
Pfizer claims their jab is “100% efficacy” in children as young as 12-years-old with side effects similar to those that have occurred in young adults.
The New York Times first reported the FDA’s plans to expand Pfizer’s vaccine authorization to adolescents.
Pfizer would be the first Covid vaccine authorized for adolescents in the US.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will still also need to revise its recommendations for using Pfizer’s shot before most providers can begin administering first doses to adolescents.
Opening Pfizer’s shots to adolescents could provide a surge in demand for the national vaccine campaign that has begun to slow in recent weeks.
According to the CDC’s Covid-19 Vaccine Data Tracker, about 44 percent of the population in the US have received their first dose against the virus.
About 32 percent of the population are fully vaccinated, the CDC reports.
Over 246million doses have been administered across the nation.
The state of California has currently administered more than 31million doses of the Covid jab.
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