A panel of advisers to the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesdaygave its endorsement to both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for children below the age of five, the last group to be added to the vaccine program. Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will now meet Friday and Saturday to finalize their recommendations, possibly clearing the path for vaccination to start next week. In other news, Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical adviser and the man who led the U.S. through the pandemic, tested positive for COVID on Thursday. The 81-year old is isolating and experiencing only mild symptoms.
U.S. cases are averaging 104,153 a day, up 3% from two weeks ago, according to a New York Times tracker. The country is averaging 29,858 hospitalizations a day, up 8% from two weeks ago. The daily death toll stands at 319 on average, up 14% from two weeks ago. On a global basis, total cases are now above 537.3 million. Total deaths are above 6.31 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University, with the U.S. still leading the way with 85.9 million cases and 1,012,607 deaths.
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