US President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that Children under the age of 12 will be able to start being vaccinated for COVID-19 in late August or early September.
Mr. Biden made the prediction during an event in Ohio hosted by CNN.
According to the latest data from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of Pediatric Hospitals, nearly 4.09 million children have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus in the United States since the pandemic.
More than 23,500 new cases were diagnosed among children each week through July 15th. Following a decline in cases over the past two months, the United States has seen an increase among minors this month.
Children account for 14.2% of all confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States. However, only 1.3% to 3.6% of all COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals were children. The number of juvenile deaths due to the disease does not exceed 0.26% of the victims in the US (totaling 609,529 deaths).
“Currently, the occurrence of severe forms of COVID-19 among children is rare. “However, there is an urgent need to gather more data on the long-term effects of the pandemic on children, including the ways in which the virus can harm the health of those infected in the long term and the consequences for their mental health.” AAP in the reports it publishes.