But by February, when seniors were being vaccinated in greater numbers, the department started to erase names of the facilities from these outbreak lists. “It was sort of a very visible miracle,” Dr. Louise Aronson, a professor with the UCSF Division of Geriatrics, told CNN.
These “miracles” were playing out across the country this spring, according to a report published Tuesday by the US Department of Health and Human Services, which found that vaccinations prevented at least a quarter of a million Covid-19 infections and tens of thousands of deaths among seniors between January and May of this year.
It is a tragic milestone fueled by the highly transmissible Delta variant and unvaccinated people. In July, authorities warned of the “pandemic of the unvaccinated,” with outbreaks largely seen in parts of the country with low vaccine uptake.
Preventable Covid-19 deaths of children is also an embarrassment for a developed country, the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) top vaccine official, Dr. Peter Marks, said Tuesday, adding that it should also be a motivation for authorizing a vaccine in children.
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