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May 12, 2021

GlobalData Epidemiologist Report: Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine approved for US children as young as 12

By Paul Dennis

12 May

Globally, the reported total confirmed cases of Covid-19 has reached over 159,732,000 with more than 3,319,000 reported deaths and 108,289,000 estimated recoveries.

South-East Asia has reported the largest rise in new cases in the last week, with India thought to account for 95% of cases and 93% of deaths in the region.

Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean region have reported the largest decrease in new cases in the last week.

The situation in the US looks promising, with a continued drop in new daily cases and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine now approved for use in children as young as 12.

There are concerns of a new surge in cases and deaths In Africa, due new variants circulating and a low vaccination rate.

Only 1.1% of the population in Africa are thought to have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Factors such as distribution issues and vaccine scepticism are thought to be playing a role in this.

Katie Wrenn, MPH, Epidemiologist at GlobalData

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