White House medical adviser supports Covid-19 vaccination for children

Looking at the short- and long-term benefits for the entire population, White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said that Covid-19 vaccination for young people is the right thing to do.

Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the White House. Photo: AFP

During a presentation recently organized by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Anthony Fauci addressed the severity of the “prolonged Covid-19”, pointing out the benefits of switching to vaccination against 3 dose. At the same time, this is also an important reason why he believes that Covid-19 vaccination is very important for young children.

“I believe…we should vaccinate children for a number of reasons,” Mr. Fauci said.

First, the senior White House medical adviser suggested that young people are the “transmission vehicle” of the virus, noting that the rapid spread of the Delta variant continues to drive the number of Covid-19 infections- 19 increases when schools reopen in the fall.

Second, the situation is particularly alarming in the American South as the intensive care units (ICUs) in children’s hospitals in Florida, Texas, Georgia, and Mississippi have reached full capacity. Doctors and epidemiologists fear the number of hospital admissions for Covid-19 is rising, which could get even worse if children are not vaccinated and schools shy away from wearing masks. and other epidemic prevention measures.

“We are almost overwhelmed. Now we have a lot of children hospitalized,” Mr. Fauci said.

The third reason given by the chief medical adviser to the White House is the benefits of vaccinating children as well as limiting the long-term effects of Covid-19 infection on patients.

“We don’t know what effects being infected with Covid-19 will have on anyone, including children. So we are very concerned that infected children will suffer the long-term consequences. which we don’t fully assess right now,” Fauci said.

Therefore, with the above 3 reasons, including the risk of disease transmission, the severity of the disease, and the risk of long-term consequences after being infected with Covid-19, Mr. Faucic advocates “the final decision is to vaccinate our children now”.

However, even though I believe that Covid-19 vaccination for children is the right thing to do do, but White House chief medical adviser do not want to “distract” the decisions of the UK authorities on this matter.

The UK’s immunization advisers have not recommended the Covid-19 vaccination for healthy 12 to 15 year olds, a move that pits the UK against the US, Canada, China, Japan, and the US. Singapore, Israel, UAE, and many other countries in Europe.

Earlier this month, the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunization said it was not recommending the Covid-19 vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds, saying the benefit of it was “too small”.

The agency explained that it is not within its jurisdiction to consider the wide-ranging social impact assessment of children 12-15 years of age with Covid-19 vaccination, such as educational benefits. At the same time, it is recommended that the UK government seek further assessments of the wide-ranging social and educational impacts of vaccination for this population.