Covid-19: US lags behind booster shots compared to other Western countries
Covid-19: US lags behind booster shots compared to other Western countries

Covid-19: US lags behind booster shots compared to other Western countries

As of Sunday, the recording of the third shot in the UK (55.4% of the total population), Germany (55%), France (51.1%) and Canada (44%) was the US figure of 27.6% , according to Our World in Data.

Evidence showing high levels of protection against the virus from three doses, and an Omicron variant-driven increase in cases in the United States, has struggled to convince the American public to take the third shot, reports CNN’s Jacqueline Howard. According to CNN analysis of data from the CDC (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the rate of booster doses going into the arms is the lowest it has been in several months.

Experts say Covid-19 fatigue and the party divide that has plagued the U.S. vaccination campaign are partly responsible for these figures: A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation released last month found that 58% of fully vaccinated Democrats who did not get the booster , expressed interest in a third dose compared to only 18% of fully vaccinated Republicans who have not received it.

Declining immunity complicates the situation. Israel began vaccinating vulnerable populations and people over 60 with a fourth dose on January 2, and a pre-print study from the country suggests that the extra shot Pfizer / BioNTech seems to provide better protection against infection and serious illness than three shots of the vaccine.

CDC studies released last week showed that there were fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations after the third dose than after the second dose – but its effectiveness decreased over time.

In light of declining protection, boosters are key to helping push coronavirus into an endemic disease rather than causing pandemic levels of infection, Andy Pekosz, a professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, told CNN.

YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED.

Q: When can younger children be vaccinated against Covid-19 in the United States?

A: The timeline for when children under five can start receiving Covid-19 vaccinations in the United States has just been pushed back.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is waiting for Pfizer-BioNTech to submit data from an ongoing trial of a three-dose regimen to these younger children before proceeding with consideration of an emergency use permit.

The Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine is currently approved for use in people as young as five years old. If the new emergency use permit is granted, this shot will be the first coronavirus vaccine available to the youngest children – and the preliminary plan is to roll out around 10 million vaccine doses in the first instance, according to a CDC document.

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WEEKLY READINGS

Canada invokes emergency powers in an attempt to stop truckers protesting

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has invoked emergency powers in an attempt to cut off financial support for the “Freedom Convoy” protests that have clogged the streets of the Canadian capital Ottawa for weeks. They have also prevented access to the busiest land crossing in North America as truck drivers and their supporters demonstrate against vaccine mandates and pandemic controls.

The emergency law may allow for the use of the military, but may not necessarily lead to it, and Trudeau said the government is not bringing in troops. The law may also temporarily suspend citizens’ right to free movement or assembly. And the government is taking steps to stop financial support for illegal protests, Kelly McCleary and Holly Yan report.

The news comes after the Ambassador Bridge between the United States and Canada reopened Sunday, and Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, announced plans to loosen pandemic restrictions.

We are in the same Olympic city, but a world remains separate

China’s borders have been virtually closed for two years due to Covid, and the government has granted limited visas to journalists. The Beijing Winter Olympics offered a rare chance for CNN’s Selina Wang to return to the country.

But being locked in the Olympic closed circuit – a system of multiple bubbles, including venues, conference centers and hotels, designed to keep arrivals isolated from the general population – has prevented Wang from experiencing the Beijing she knows and hugging her grandmother . In this pieceshe explores the sacrifices people have made to be a part of the Olympics.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, test positive for Covid

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was tested positive for Covid-19, Clarence House said Monday, four days after her husband, Prince Charles, was revealed to have contracted the virus. CNN’s Max Foster and Hannah Ryan report.

Charles began isolating on February 10 after testing positive for the virus for the second time. The 73-year-old heir to the British throne, who is fully vaccinated, had met with Queen Elizabeth “recently,” a royal source told CNN after his latest infection was announced. The source has not elaborated on how recently the meeting took place.

The Duchess has been vaccinated three times and will continue to follow all government guidelines and review commitments on that basis, a royal source said.

TOP TIP

You’ve lost your vaccine card in the United States. Stay calm and follow these steps

No one could have predicted before the pandemic that a small piece of white paper would matter so much, reports Megan Marples. It’s the key to getting into some concert venues, traveling to certain countries and more.

Unfortunately, there is no uniform solution to replace the precious document. Here are some options (and advice on things that do not work).

TODAY’S PODCAST

Do you remember how awkward and confused you felt as a teenager? It is a time of so many changes – but perhaps the most radical transformation is taking place inside the young brain. In this week’s podcast, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta delves into the neuroscience of the teenage brain to find out how teens make decisions and weigh risks. Listen now.

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