Maine Health Authorities logged 585 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and seven additional deaths The number of infections remains high in the state and federal regulators are on the verge of approving the vaccines for elementary-aged children.
According to documents filed with the Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine was 90.7% effective against symptomatic disease for those ages 5-11 in a study that included more than 2,000 children. An FDA advisory panel is set to meet on Tuesday, followed by a U.S. CDC advisory board on Nov. 2, so children could be getting shots in arms as soon as the first week of November.
The vaccines are now only approved for children aged 12 and up, but public health experts believe that expanding immunisation to children in primary school could help control the virus because youngsters, while rarely ill with severe disease, can spread the virus to others.The Biden administration intends to give the vaccine to all 28 million primary school pupils in the country, including at many school clinics. Maine Health Authorities noticed the case numbers continue to be high, with the seven-day average of daily new cases at 464.4 on Friday, compared to 401.9 a week ago and 468.9 a month ago.
Dr Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a tweet on Saturday that they are still in this. There were 206 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Maine, including 71 in critical care and 28 on ventilators. Two weeks ago, Maine reported 156 hospitalized, 44 in critical care and 23 on ventilators.