Joe Biden expressed optimism that young children will soon be eligible for Covid-19, while urging unvaccinated Americans to take “extremely important” steps to get vaccinated as the virus surges in the United States.
Biden said in a speech at the Cincinnati City Hall TV broadcast hosted by CNN on Wednesday that children under the age of 12 who are currently not eligible for the three coronavirus vaccines in the United States may be vaccinated in August or later in the fall.
Last week, an FDA official told NBC News that the Covid-19 vaccine for young children may be approved before the middle of winter. Modern with Pfizer-BioNTech Both companies started trials of the Covid-19 vaccine for children under 12 in March, and results are expected to be available in the fall.
Biden said at the city hall: “They did not promise me any specific dates, but my expectation is that when talking with scientists, sometimes, maybe at the beginning of the school year, at the end of August, early August, September, and October, you will receive The final approval of the child’s vaccination. However, he added that the final decision lies with officials of the FDA and CDC. “I will not tell any scientists what they should do. I don’t interfere,” Biden said.
At the same time, he said, the CDC may recommend that “all people under 12 should wear masks in school.”
In response to a question from Democrats running for the school board, Biden said: “This is likely to happen. Secondly, those who are over 12 years old can be vaccinated-if you are vaccinated, you should not wear a mask. You are not vaccinated, you should wear a mask.” The CDC currently recommends that “all people who have not been fully vaccinated (2 years and older) should wear a mask indoors.”
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of Covid-19 cases in the United States has almost tripled in the past two weeks, and the 7-day rolling average of daily new cases rose from less than 13,700 on July 6 to Tuesday’s Over 37,000 universities. According to the CDC, only 56.2% of Americans have at least one dose of the vaccine.
The President expressed disappointment that many eligible Americans were not vaccinated. Biden said: “For those who have not been vaccinated, we have a pandemic-it’s that basic, it’s that simple.” “If you get vaccinated, you won’t be hospitalized, you won’t be sent to IC In the ward, you won’t die either.”
Some public health experts pointed out that Biden’s statement is not entirely correct: Although most coronavirus cases and hospitalized cases occur in unvaccinated people, and “breakthrough” infections are rare among vaccinated people, the Viruses can still pose a fatal risk to them, especially for many people with weakened immune systems whose vaccines cannot provide adequate protection.
Biden said: “So, we all behave like Americans who care about our fellow Americans,” and get vaccinated, which is very important.
The vaccination rate has fallen because vaccine misinformation is still a major problem. Biden recently stated Tech giants like Facebook “kill people” for failing to do this Curb the spread of false information on the Internet About the safety and effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccine.
In City Hall, Biden also alluded to well-known conservatives on Fox News, who now talk more openly about the benefits of vaccination to skeptical guests and audiences. Sean Hannity recently told the audience: “I believe in the science of vaccination” and urge them to take this disease seriously. Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy told viewers this week that vaccination “will save your life.”