In Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel On Friday he told CNBC that he believes it is important for people to always keep their eyesight open, especially in schools, until a larger percentage of the American population receives a Covid vaccine.
In an interview with “Squawk Box,” the former Obama administration health adviser said he does not advocate for “permanent masks” in society. Rather, Emanuel said he remains concerned about those who are not even eligible to get a vaccine: children under 12 years of age.
Once again children are able to get a shot of Covid and additional adults are vaccinated, “so you have to have the situation where the virus will die because there will be no vulnerable people. That’s where we want to be. We’re away from that place, ”said Emanuel, who currently serves as vice president for global initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania.
“When we’re away from that place, we need to vaccinate people. We need to put on masks. We need to improve ventilation in the school. Everything is feasible, and everything that can make going to school much safer. and makes parents calm. ”added Emanuel, who was a health policy advisor to the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011. He also recommended President Joe Biden’s transition team for the Covid pandemic.
About 52% of the U.S. population is completely vaccinated against Covid, while about 61% have had at least one dose, according to compiled data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the people eligible for the vaccine – those aged 12 and over – almost 61% are fully immunized and 71.5% have had at least one dose.
Those percentages are not adequate to really curb the pandemic in the United States, Emanuel said. To improve the uptake of the coronavirus vaccine, he suggested to the United States to impose a mandate at the national level. While that seems unlikely to happen in reality, Biden administration officials have, in recent days, increased pressure on companies to set up vaccination requirements for employees now that Food and Drug Administration Medicine administrations have fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in two strokes.
“Why do we have this extremely effective intervention and about half of the population doesn’t use it? Some of them are not eligible, but there are many people in the country, as I said among young teenagers, from 12 to 15 years, which are eligible but they don’t access it, ”Emanuel said.
Complete FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine is for people 16 years of age and older. The vaccine was released for ages 12 to 15 in May on an emergency use basis, while trials are underway for younger children.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told NBC News earlier this week that the company plans to have data on children ages 5 to 11 in September, which will be submitted to the FDA.
Modern, which like Pfizer makes a two-dose mRNA vaccine, submitted full FDA approval in June. The application of the biotechnology enterprise remains under consideration. Johnson & Johnson has not yet applied for full regulatory authorization for its single-shot Covid vaccine.