koreatimes.co.kr 05 May, 2021 03:00 am

US to vaccinate low-risk teens against COVID-19

US to vaccinate low-risk teens against COVID-19
US to vaccinate low-risk teens against COVID-19

"The overwhelming majority of 15-year-olds, we know are not at high risk of severe complications from COVID-19," ER doctor Craig Spencer, director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at Columbia University, told AFP.is not going to help us if the variants in India, Nepal and South Asia get out of control and hit our shores," she told AFP."I think if you vaccinate 12-to-15-year-olds in the United States before you vaccinate 70 year olds globally, you're making a terrible error," UCSF physician and epidemiologist Vinay Prasad told AFP.Statistics show children are at extremely low risk from severe COVID-19.

Still, low risk isn't no risk, and pediatrician Lee Beers, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, welcomed the arrival of a vaccine for children."It is absolutely raging around the world and we're talking about how we're going to vaccinate an incredibly low-risk population, when the overwhelming majority of health care workers around the world have zero protection," he said.

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