Dr. Sáez Llorens "The pandemic now has a youthful face"

The COVID-19 pandemic today has a youthful face, declared doctor Juvenile face. Elementary school students in Texas, they lower the flag of the United States. More of 4 Millions of children have been infected since the beginning of the pandemic until the 19 August 2021. photo VD. Maria T. Morales.
By Maria T. Morales

If you are among the parents who still doubt whether or not to vaccinate their children under 11 years, You may be interested in what experts say on the subject of the COVID-19 pandemic, before the growing wave of infections that, only in the last week of August, sum more than 180 1,000 affected children in the United States.

For Dr. Xavier Sáez-Llorens, head of the infectology department and director of clinical research at the Hospital “Niño José Renan Esquivel” in Panama, "The pandemic, now he has a youthful face.

And the "youthful face" they have put 4.59 millions of children who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus since the pandemic began until the 19 August 2021, according to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP, for its acronym in English).

To this figure are added 180 thousand from last week. Since the pandemic began, the children represented the 14.6% of the total accumulated cases.

This is how the workweek ended on 20 of August, the children represented the 22.4% of COVID-19 cases reported weekly.

For the specialist, the Delta variant is a threat that could expedite the vaccine for children who do not yet qualify, and it is possible that between November and December vaccination begins.

For the doctor, to the extent that countries promote mass vaccination, this average will see an improvement.

“They have -the authorities- to try that the vaccination is simultaneously ’’ recommended the doctor, who was a panelist in a discussion about the Delta variant and its impact on the pandemic, organized by the international news agency Voice of the Diaspora.

About, stated that “vaccines are safe and effective so he has no hesitation in recommending them.

“The AAP recommends the covid-19 vaccine for all children and adolescents in 12 years and older who do not have contraindications using a COVID-19 vaccine licensed for their age.

They state that “any covid-19 vaccine authorized through the authorization of emergency use by the United States Food and Drug Administration, CDC's recommended and age appropriate, and the state of health, can be used for the covid-19 vaccine in children and adolescents.

Currently only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is licensed for emergency use in children of 12 until 16 year old.