Allison Aubrey, CDC, Pfizer discussed on All Things Considered


In on that drawing for that really cool electric bike From NPR news this is all things considered I'm Sarah mccammond and I'm Audi Cornish Vaccine maker Pfizer and its partner BioNTech say their COVID vaccine is more than 90% effective in children ages 5 through 11 and the company say their data supports authorization of the vaccine for this age group which could come as soon as next week NPR's Allison Aubrey joins us now with the latest welcome back Allison Hi there Audie What exactly does the clinical trial data from Pfizer particular show about vaccinations in children from this age group Sure a data from more than 2000 children shows the vaccine was about 91% effective against symptomatic infection There were no cases of serious illness No cases of multi system inflammatory syndrome children received one third of the dose of adults which was enough to be effective but also chosen to minimize side effects Now I spoke to pediatrician David kimberlin of the university of Alabama at Birmingham He is also a liaison representative to the CDC's vaccine advisory committee Having this vaccine available for 5 three 11 year olds is not only going to protect the child but also protect the child's loved ones You know we've already lost over 500 children to this to this virus Now with this likely authorization over the next week or two I really think we're going to have a tool to be able to prevent that He says while it's true that most children have only mild illness from the virus there have been more than 1.8 million cases among 5 to 11 year olds and thousands of hospitalizations among this age group Now the soonest in authorization would come Audi is next week Remember advisers to the CDC need to review all this data the agency needs to make a determination So if it's authorized in the coming days how will this work in terms of distribution Sure a pediatricians have been preparing for this for months and thousands are already offering the vaccine to older kids 12 and up in their offices In addition retail pharmacies are ready too A spokesperson for CVS tells me they are prepared to vaccinate 5 to 11 year olds Now remember it's a lower dose It's a different product Pfizer has designed orange packaging for the new vials I spoke to pediatrician Lee savio beer She's president of the American academy of pediatrics She tells me it's going to take a bit of time to get the new pediatric vaccines distributed It does appear that there is plenty of vaccine supply available but I think also for parents to know that it won't be an instantaneous as soon as the vaccine is recommended by the CDC it may be a day or two or three before everything is really fully up and running So bottom line Adi be patient But you're saying that there's a pent up demand I mean do pediatricians think most families will actually bring their 5 to 11 year olds in to get a COVID vaccine Well I'm about 44% of adolescents 12 to 17 years old I've been fully vaccinated So that's one data point And a recent poll from the COVID-19 vaccine education and equity project found about two thirds of parents of 5 to 11 year olds do plan to vaccinate their children Now this poll was done before there was data out to show the vaccine appears to be safe and effective Here's doctor kimberlin again I would expect we're still going to have kind of that initial rush of 20 or 30% of the population rushing out to get the vaccine Another pretty substantial chunk holding back for a while And hopefully a small percentage but it's a percentage We'll say no we're never going to get that for our child Now Kimberly says he hopes that this careful process of evaluation by the FDA and CDC will give parents confidence to opt for the vaccine So again what is expected next week is for the FDA to weigh in on authorization followed by CDC recommendations in early November That's NPR's Allison Aubrey thanks so much Thank you Ari Drivers are less likely to speed when they know there's a police officer around the corner with the radar gun Same goes for taxpayers They are less likely to cheat when they think they might get caught The Biden administration and congressional Democrats want to give the IRS a better financial radar gun Banking information to help spot tax cheats Republicans and the banking industry are fighting the idea as NPR's Scott horsley reports The American bankers association held its annual convention in Tampa this week and president rob nichol says there was a lot of nervous chatter about the Treasury Department's proposal to make banks share account information with the IRS As I was walking through the convention hall people were pulling me left and right to share stories of customers who had heard about it and were very very concerned about it Republican senator chuck grassley says he's hearing the same concerns I hear from iowans all the time that they don't want the peering eyes of the IRS snooping on them No one is suggesting that banks give the IRS detailed information about every transaction Just an annual total of deposits and withdrawals Still no one particularly likes the idea of having the government look over their shoulder and the complaints about this new proposal are as old as the income tax itself That's just a reminder that tax issues never die right They just keep coming around and around and around Tax notes historian Joseph thorndike says ever since Congress created the income tax early in the last century there have been fights over the information needed to collect it Over time though people get used to having that information shared workers have had their wages reported to the government for more than a hundred years and it's been almost 40 years since senator grassley co sponsored.

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