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Dr. Fauci: High School Students Will Be Vaccinated, Back in School in Fall

Dr. Fauci: High School Students Will Be Vaccinated, Back in School in Fall
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Alex Brandon/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 March 2021 04:56 PM

High school students will likely be vaccinated and able to return to classroom studies full time in the fall, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday. 

Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor on the coronavirus, said in a virtual appearance at Tufts University that there are clinical trials currently being conducted that are going to “get enough data that you’re going to have high school students very likely being able to return to school in the fall term.”

He added that regarding studies especially for the age of elementary students, those trials “likely will not give us enough data on safety and immunogenicity until the, I would say reasonably speaking, the first quarter of 2022.”

Fauci made the comments during a virtual appearance on Tufts University's Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series.

There are currently no vaccines that have been authorized for children under the age of 16.

Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, said that the ideological divisiveness that has dominated the U.S. in recent years has made confronting the coronavirus virus more difficult, according to Tufts Now.

However, he said that there is now a completely different atmosphere with the Biden administration, as “it’s very clear that science does rule and evidence and data really determine what we do.”

Fauci even held out hope that children will return to classroom studies in school sooner, saying “Hopefully the level of infection will be down such that all children will be back in school within a reasonable period of time. Hopefully by the time we get to the fall term and maybe even in the spring term coming up now.”

Pfizer and Moderna have both completed enrollment for vaccine studies on children ages 12 and older, according to HuffPost.

Those results will potentially be released this summer.

Fauci reflected on his virtual appearance at Tufts that the past year has been the realization of his worst nightmare in that a previously unknown virus jumped from an animal to a human, is extraordinarily efficient in spreading from person to person through the respiratory system, and has a high degree of morbidity and mortality, according to Tufts Now

“It turns out that in January 2020, my worst nightmare came true, and we’ve been living it for over a year,” he said. “It’s the only disease in which 30 to 40% of the people who get infected have no symptoms at all, yet it can kill so many other people. In this country, 525,000 people have died, we have 28 million infections, and 2.5 million people have died worldwide.”

Fauci added that  some 50% to 60% of COVID-19 transmissions take place  from a person who has no symptoms to someone who is uninfected.

This was particularly troubling, he explained, because  experts didn’t know this fact at the beginning of the pandemic, and it makes isolation and contact tracing difficult.

Fauci compared combatting the coronavirus to a war, saying “the common enemy is the virus, and when you have a common enemy, the only way you can attack is when everybody pulls together.” 

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