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Thirty-one children under the age of 12 tested positive for COVID-19 after an outbreak at a sleep-away camp in upstate New York, the New York Times reported Thursday.

Why it matters: None of the children are seriously ill, but the infections raise concerns about the possibility of transmission to nearby communities. The cases come as the Delta variant spreads across the U.S.

  • All 31 are too young to receive vaccines in the U.S.
  • "I think that when the kids go back to school, we could see this, and I’m concerned about that," Jack Mabb, the health director of Columbia County, where the camp of 550 is located, told the Times.
  • The cases follow a series of positive tests at other summer camps in the U.S., mostly among teens and adults.

The big picture: President Biden said this week that he believes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will authorize the vaccine for children under 12 soon. But he refused to specify a timeline.

  • The outbreak "is emblematic of the challenges that arise when a huge population cannot be vaccinated, even as it highlights the effectiveness of vaccines," the Times writes.

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  2. Health: 1 in 500 Americans has died — Cases are falling, but deaths are rising — Study: Gaps in data on Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders alarming amid COVID.
  3. Politics: Gottlieb says CDC hampered U.S. response — 26 states have limited state or local officials' public health powers — Axios-Ipsos poll: 60% of voters back Biden vaccine mandates.
  4. Education: Denver looks to students to close Latino vaccination gap — Federal judge temporarily blocks Iowa's ban on mask mandates in schools — Massachusetts activates National Guard to help with school transportation.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
Sep 15, 2021 - Health

Pfizer says data suggests COVID vaccine boosters are warranted

A nurse administering a booster shot of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 19 in Pasadena, Calif. Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Pfizer told the FDA Wednesday that data from its clinical trials suggests a third shot of its coronavirus vaccine may be necessary six months after the second dose because of waning efficacy.

Why it matters: The FDA's advisory committee on Friday is expected to review Pfizer's clinical trials and other supporting and conflicting data on coronavirus booster shots and make recommendations on whether more Americans 16 years and older should receive an extra dose.

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Moderna suggests booster shots, citing clinical data

A box of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia. Photo: Algi Febri Sugita/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Moderna vaccine's efficacy declines a year after it's administered, compared to protection seen in recently inoculated individuals, the vaccine maker announced Wednesday.

Driving the news: Moderna made its case for supporting booster shots, citing clinical trial data that demonstrate breakthrough infections are less common among participants approximately eight months after receiving the first dose compared to approximately 13 months.