Covid-19 vaccines: The unused “miracle”


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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.

“We’ve lost 700,000 Americans now and fully 200,000 of those folks have died since vaccines have been available almost to everyone in this country, and every one of those deaths is unnecessary,” CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner said. “So even though the news is great for this antiviral agent, really the message that people need to receive is ‘get vaccinated.’ No one needs to die from this virus.”

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.

Vaccines are only available to children as young as 12. That might soon change after the FDA’s vaccine advisers meet on October 26 to discuss data from Pfizer’s vaccine trial among children aged 5 to 11. However, parental hesitancy may prove to be an obstacle, as only a third of those surveyed by Kaiser Family Foundation Vaccine Monitor said they would give their child a jab.

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