COVID-19 Update

May 17, 2021

India’s Second Wave Of COVID-19 Infections
Countries around the world are stepping up to help India through a second wave of COVID-19 infections that spread rapidly around the country. With hospitals running out of much-needed supplies, such as oxygen and ventilators, countries around the world have pledged to provide aid. From the United States to Saudi Arabia to Singapore to the United Kingdom, it’s become a global promise to help India get through this crisis.

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Countries Ban Travel To And From India
While India is fighting a surge in COVID-19 infections, many countries are trying to keep the infections from reaching their borders. Singapore, Italy, Germany, Australia, China, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States are just some of the countries that have issued travel warnings or indefinite travel bans to and from India. While countries are making these tough decisions to protect their residents from the spread of COVID-19, some are worried for their loved ones who may be stuck in India without a way to get home. In Australia, the temporary travel ban has caused outrage and confusion, and some people are calling the ban racist.

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Canada And The United States Approve Vaccine For Twelve-To-Fifteen-Year-Olds
On May 5th, Canada became the first country to approve the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in children aged twelve-to-fifteen years old. The United States soon followed. The US Federal Drug and Food Administration (FDA) has now approved the emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for twelve-to-fifteen-year-olds. What does this approval mean? According to the acting FDA Commissioner, Janet Woodcock, M.D., “The FDA’s expansion of the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include adolescents twelve through fifteen years of age is a significant step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.” Time to get rid of this virus? We think so!

Vaccination For Two-to-Eleven-Year-Olds
The United States Food and Drug Administration is considering an emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine to be administered to children two-to-eleven years old. If this emergency use is approved, vaccinations will be available for children in the fall of this year.

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Companies Are Stepping Up To Fight COVID-19
If you can’t wait to get the COVID-19 vaccine when you’re eligible, you’re not alone. If you’re hesitant about getting the vaccine, you’re not alone either. Vaccine hesitancy is the phrase being used for people who are hesitant about getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Get it? There are a number of reasons why some people don’t want to get the vaccine, but one seems to stand out the most and that’s lack of information or lack of trustworthy information. That’s why leaders around the world, celebrities, healthcare professionals, and now businesses are showing people that the COVID-19 vaccine will protect them from getting really, really sick. In fact, McDonald’s (one of the most recognized fast-food chains in the world) recently announced that it has partnered with the White House to print information about the vaccine on its coffee cups and that it’ll be adding, “We Can Do This!” stickers on delivery boxes. And for those who want a vaccine but can’t get to a vaccination site, President Biden has announced a program with ride-hailing companies Lyft and Uber to offer them a free ride to get vaccinated. Furthermore, some companies, like Krispy Kreme Donuts, are offering treats to those who can prove that they’ve been vaccinated. Show that vaccination card and you get a free donut! Other local restaurants have also offered incentives to help encourage people to get vaccinated. And if free food and rides aren’t enough, West Virginia is offering a savings bond to encourage young people to get vaccinated! We can do this!