Experts continue to express concern for children as the delta variant continues to spread in the coronavirus pandemic.
Why is the pandemic dangerous for kids?
Many children remain vulnerable to the novel coronavirus, as the mainstream COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer is only approved for children 12 years old and up. That means any child younger than 12 cannot get the COVID-19 vaccine.
- “We have the more contagious delta variant, we have surges and we have so many adults letting down their guard, not wearing masks, not getting vaccinated,” Wen told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Tuesday. “That’s contributing to this really dangerous environment for children.”
Wen said children can stay safe in school with multiple layers of protection, including masks, proper ventilation and COVID-19 testing among staff and other students.
- “Putting all that together is how we can get kids back in school safely,” Wen said.
Delta variant puts children at risk
Dr. Richard Besser, former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he expects schools to face immense challenges as the delta variant spreads.