Coronavirus Watch

Child Covid-19 Deaths are an ‘Embarrassment’

A recent CNN Health’s headline on Covid-19 reads “US child Covid-19 deaths are an ’embarrassment” quoting head of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). In a town hall hosted by the Covid-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project, Dr. Peter Marks, Director of Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, reportedly told that “Child deaths from a preventable illness like Covid-19, no matter how few, are motivation for authorizing a vaccine in children”.

In this latest wave of Covid-19, particularly down south, there have been thousands of children hospitalized. And, frankly, it’s an embarrassment in a developed country to have even 100 children, like we’ve had, die of infectious disease that’s preventable.

Dr. Peter Marks, Director of Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (source: CNN Health)

“No parent should have to lose their child to a vaccine-preventable illness if we have a vaccine that can be deployed that is safe and effective. And we will only allow something to be authorized that we find to be safe and effective,” Dr. Marks reportedly added.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN “I think we have underestimated the impact on children. Look at the pediatric hospitals throughout the country … they’re seeing a lot of children in the hospital with severe infection.”

“Many of us, of the people who work at FDA, have young children or they have grandchildren. And this is clearly one of the most important issues to get done so we’re not going to be wasting any time.”

– Dr. Peter Marks (source: CNN Health)

According to CNN, the FDA Covid advisors are expected to meet later in October to discuss about a Pfizer’s vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

Dr. Megan Ranney, the Associate Dean of Strategy and Innovation for the School of Public Health at Brown University, told CNN “Most of us in the public health community are expecting that we’ll see approvals of vaccines for this younger age groups sometime in early November”.

Covid-19 Death Tolls Rises in Minnesota

Star Tribune reporter Jeremy Olson writes that though Covid-19 pandemic is not so severe in Minnesota, its taking roll with 40 reported death on Wednesday Oct 5 alone. The newly reported deaths were reported people younger than 40.

Gov. Tim Walz quoted saying “an increase in COVID-19 deaths was unfortunately expected following an increase in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations”.

“I am concerned that if we see a particularly bad flu season, it would start to pinch those beds. My pledge at the start of COVID was that every Minnesotan who needed a bed and needed care would get one, and that we would do all we could to protect those [beds]. That is still the case.”

– Gov. Tim Walz (source: Star Tribune)

According to Mayo Clinic pandemic modeling, the latest wave won’t be as severe in Minnesota as it was in other states, but it might last longer, Star Tribune reports.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of October 7, 9 a.m.) 482,326,275 doses have been distributed and 399,552,444 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of October 5) a total of 6,533,896 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of October 7) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 732,001 (out of 12,800,638 tested) with 8,275 deaths.