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August Lopez, 6, gets the COVID-19 vaccine, Nov. 8, Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

More than 900,000 children aged 5–11 will have received their first coronavirus vaccine dose by the end of Wednesday, according to the White House.

Driving the news: The CDC approved a two-dose series of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for children 5–11 on Nov. 2, with some kids receiving their first dose the following day. First lady Jill Biden on Monday kicked off a "nationwide effort" to get more young children vaccinated.

  • Each of the shots administered to kids 5–11 will be about one-third of the size of the adult dose. The doses will be spaced three weeks apart.
  • NPR was first to report the 900,000 figure.

By the numbers: About 28 million children 5–11 are eligible to get vaccinated, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said Wednesday.

  • At least 1.9 million 5–11 year-olds have had COVID-19, the CDC said last week.

What they're saying: "As we have discussed, our program for kids ages 5–11 is hitting full strength this week," a White House official said.

  • "Parents and families across the country are breathing giant sighs of relief. And we are just getting started."

The big picture: There are approximately 20,000 pharmacies, clinics, hospitals and physicians' offices administering the vaccine, and the White House said there are already 700,000 future appointments scheduled through pharmacies alone.

  • The White House said it is working with governors, health care providers and local leaders to "build on this progress."
  • Minnesota has set up 1,100 vaccination sites, including at the Mall of America, which can vaccinate 1,500 kids a day.
  • There are more than 1,000 clinics planned in schools, "including early morning hours before the workday and school day."
  • "Nationwide, 114 children’s hospitals are now offering vaccinations and engaging their communities — with many hosting family-friendly vaccination events, featuring stickers, pets and stuffed animals," the White House added.

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Updated Dec 4, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: Coronavirus variant surveillance varies widely by state — Omicron cases confirmed in 5 U.S. states America probably won't lead the effort to understand Omicron.
  2. Vaccines: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters — Moderna loses patent battles tied to COVID vaccine — Pfizer could have vaccine data for children under five by end of 2021, CEO says.
  3. Politics: Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy — Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate — Omicron travel bans are sign of what's to come.
  4. World: WHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron — COVID cases surge in South Africa in sign Omicron wave is coming — Germany approves new restrictions for unvaccinated people.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.

Movie theaters go out of style

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren't rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.

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Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles down

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

European countries are doubling down on pressure campaigns to get people vaccinated just as Republicans continue to wage war — often successfully — against vaccine mandates in the U.S.

Why it matters: The starkly different approaches create a sharp contrast between the regions' approaches to vaccination, even as the Omicron variant rapidly spreads around the world.