Vaccinations for under 12s coming soon, says Biden
Joe Biden has suggested that his administration It could soon approve vaccination of children under 12 years of age.
Speaking on a national tour to encourage more people to get vaccinated, the US President said at a televised town hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, that children under the age of 12, who are currently ineligible for all three coronavirus vaccines Available in the US, they could get injections in August. or later in the fall.
Biden said it was “hugely important” for Americans to get vaccinated, noting that virtually all people hospitalized with Covid had not been vaccinated. It comes as daily new cases have skyrocketed.[led in the past two weeks to more than 37,000.
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The coronavirus pandemic continues to dog the Tokyo Olympics with only a day to go before the opening ceremony.
Two more athletes have tested positive for the virus in the Olympic village, according to Reuters citing the Games organisers. There are now 12 new positive cases overall, including the two athletes, bringing the total to 87.
Friday night’s ceremony will be a moderate affair and received another blow from reports that Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister who did so much to attract the Games to Japan, will not attend. Broadcaster NHK said Abe decided not to attend the ceremony after the Japanese government declared a state of emergency and virus restrictions in Tokyo. Abe’s office could not be immediately reached on Thursday, a public holiday in Japan, Reuters said.
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The main news of the last hours are:
- Cases in the US have tripled in the past two weeks as the Delta variant takes hold and vaccines are slow. There were more than 37,000 cases Tuesday, up from fewer than 13,700 on July 6.
- Joe Biden has told Americans that it is “hugely important” that they get vaccinated while intensifying his efforts to foster greater acceptance of the jab. The president said vaccination of children under the age of 12 could soon be approved.
- Two more athletes tested positive for coronavirus in the Olympic village of Tokyo on the eve of the Games’ opening ceremony, according to reports.
- Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not be attending the opening ceremony on Friday., the media reported Thursday.
- Australia’s Olympic chief appeared to tell the Queensland Prime Minister I had to go to the ceremony in Tokyo. Queensland’s capital Brisbane has been awarded the 2032 Games, but Annastacia Palaszczuk had said she would not attend the ceremony.
- YouTube removed videos of the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro for spreading misinformation about the pandemic. He has regularly downplayed the severity of the virus and touted unproven cures.
- China has rejected the WHO’s plan for the second phase of the Covid-19 origins study because it contains “language that does not respect science,” said health commission vice chairman Zeng Yixin on Thursday.
- Covid-19 hospital admissions in England have reached their highest level in almost five months, with 752 registered admissions on July 19. This is a 21% increase from the previous week and the highest daily number since February 25.
- The outbreak in Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, has gotten worse with 124 new daily cases, 70 of which were infectious in the community. The state is blocked along with Victoria and South Australia.
- Thailand posted another record number of new daily cazses on Thursday. There were 13,655 new infections and 87 deaths. More public spaces will be closed in Bangkok and other high-risk areas, including parks.
- Fiji has recorded its highest number of weekly deaths from Covid, including two pregnant women.
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