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Rochelle Walensky during a Senate subcommittee hearing in May 2021. Photo: Greg Nash/Pool/Getty Images

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urged parents on Friday to get their kids 12 years and older vaccinated against COVID-19.

What she's saying: "I am deeply concerned by the numbers of hospitalized adolescents and saddened to see the number of adolescents who required treatment in intensive care units or mechanical ventilation," Walensky said in a statement.

By the numbers: "COVID-19 adolescent hospitalization rates from COVID-NET peaked at 2.1 per 100,000 in early January 2021, declined to 0.6 in mid-March, and rose to 1.3 in April," according to the CDC's most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

  • Between January and March, nearly one-third of adolescent hospitalizations required ICU admission, and 5% required invasive mechanical ventilation, the study found.
  • No adolescent deaths from the virus occurred during that time period, according to the CDC.

Context: The Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds last month.

The bottom line: "Vaccination is our way out of this pandemic.โ€ฏI continue to see promising signs in CDC data that we are nearing the end of this pandemic in this country; however, we all have to do our part and get vaccinated to cross the finish line," Walensky said.

  • "Until they are fully vaccinated, adolescents should continue to wear masks and take precautions when around others who are not vaccinated to protect themselves and their family, friends and community."

Go deeper: Children and teens are next in line for COVID vaccine

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Jun 3, 2021 - Health

Prepping for the next big outbreak

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Scientists and public health experts are trying to leverage lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic to spur the development of technologies and infrastructure needed to stop the next big outbreak.

Why it matters: Scientists predict infectious disease outbreaks will become more frequent, and the COVID-19 pandemic showed the enormous costs of not being adequately prepared.

Jun 3, 2021 - World

2 billion global vaccinations: Where the doses have gone

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Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The world reached a vaccination milestone this week, with 2 billion total doses now administered, according to the tracker from Our World in Data.

Why it matters: The global rate is speeding up considerably. It took 30 days to go from 500 million doses to 1 billion, 24 days to go from 1 billion to 1.5 billion, and just 16 days to jump from 1.5 billion to 2 billion.

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Olympics dashboard

Suni Lee. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

๐Ÿฅ‡ : U.S. gymnast Suni Lee wins gold in the women's individual all-around

๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ: Simone Biles reacts to "love and support" after withdrawing from all-around gymnastics and team finals, citing her mental health

๐Ÿƒ: U.S. pole vaulter Sam Kendricks withdraws from Games after positive coronavirus test

๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ: Caeleb Dressel wins gold in men's 100m freestyle โ€”Bobby Finke wins gold in first men's Olympic 800m freestyle

๐Ÿ“ท: In photos: Tokyo Olympics day 6 highlights

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๐Ÿƒโ€: Female Olympians push back against double standard in uniforms

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