SAN FRANCISCO More than half of Americans over 12 years of age are already fully vaccinated, while the number of infections and daily deaths continues to decline in the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English) reported on Wednesday. ).
50.1% (140.4 million) of adolescents and adults are immunized against the coronavirus, and 61.2% (171.6 million) have received at least one dose of the vaccines available in the United States (USA).
These data are known when just tomorrow will be a month since the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted authorization for emergency use of Pfizer’s covid-19 vaccine for adolescents over 12 years of age .
Adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15 have been vaccinated since then, whereas previously the vaccine was only licensed for people aged 16 and over.
“The expansion of the authorization for emergency use of the vaccine against covid-19 from Pfizer-BioNTech is a significant measure in the fight against the pandemic,” said on that occasion the acting Commissioner of the FDA, Janet Woodcock, in a statement.
The commissioner also assured that “parents and guardians can be sure that the agency carried out a rigorous and exhaustive review of all the available data” before making the decision to authorize the vaccine for adolescents.
The average number of COVID-19 cases in the US during the last seven days stood at 93,737, one of the lowest since the pandemic began.
The United States is the country in the world hardest hit by the coronavirus with more than 598,500 deaths, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.
The goal set by US President Joe Biden is for 70% of adults to be vaccinated in the country by July 4, the date on which the Independence Day holiday is celebrated in the US.