On Monday Tennessee Department of Health fired his best vaccine official, Michelle Fiscus. Her offense: In May, she sent a letter to state pharmacies and doctors, transmitting a Tennessee Supreme Court decision that allows teenagers to seek medical help, including vaccinations, without parental consent. At the time, the Food and Drug Administration had just that approved the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 to 17, and was soon followed by one for the Moderna vaccine.
Fiscus’ letter was approved by the governor’s staff and did not contain any policy changes. The legal verdict under discussion was handed down in 1987. State lawmakers, however, accused her of “stabbing” children to ask for a vaccine. She was summoned to two hearings; at one point, the legislature proposed dissolving the entire state health department in retaliation.
In statement she gave Tennessee On Monday night, Fiscus said that, in order to protect himself, the department had shut down all of its communication campaigns about vaccination. “Not just the range of the Covid-19 vaccine for teens, but ALL communications around the vaccine of any kind,” she wrote. “There are no feedback messages for more than 30,000 parents who did not get their measles vaccines last year due to the pandemic. There are no reports of a human papillomavirus vaccine to residents of the state with one of the highest rates of HPV cancer in the country. ” (On Tuesday, Tennessee confirmed that the promotion of vaccines and vaccination clinics in schools have been shut down.)
The Fiscus shooting came two days after a crowd at the Conservative Conference for Political Action in Dallas cheered the announcement that the Biden administration did not achieve its goal of introducing 70 percent of Americans by July 4 to one vaccine. It also came three days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed previous agency guidelines about wearing masks in school buildings. Add these events together and they will become the storm siren for the next Battle of Covid, this time over vaccinating children – which will arrive as the Delta version of the virus progresses and the school year begins soon.
Ongoing clinical trials are testing the safety, efficacy, dosing, and timing of mRNA vaccines for children 11 to 6 months of age; about 4,500 children are in the Pfizer trial, and about 7,000 in Moderna. Pfizer’s clerk he said in June that the first request for urgent approval should be sent to the FDA in September or October. (Johnson & Johnson is just starting rehearsals in his teens and has not yet included younger children.)
Those trials are scattered across medical centers in the U.S. and several European countries – according to several major investigators more locations than originally planned, as companies feel it is urgent to collect data and move toward approval as soon as possible. This is because now that adults can be vaccinated, children make up a higher proportion of people with Covid.
Children accounted for 14.2 percent of all U.S. cases in July, up from 2 percent in April 2020, according to American Academy of Pediatrics. In the United States alone, more than 4 million children have contracted Covid. And although most experience only a mild illness, 16,623 have been hospitalized since July 8, and 344 have died. At the end of June, there were 4,196 children and teenagers developed MIS-C,, confusing and sometimes fatal inflammation which occurs after Covid infection and affects the heart, lungs, kidneys and brain.
“Covid is a risk to children,” says Mark Sawyer, a professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine and a temporary member of the FDA Advisory Board for Vaccines and Related Biological Products (VRBPAC), who reviewed the evidence submitted on behalf of the Covid vaccine. “Reported deaths are at least as bad as the worst flu season in terms of child deaths, and probably a little worse than that. This does not even call us into question what long-term consequences could occur, either from MIS-C or the so-called Covid in the long run. And that doesn’t even touch on the public health argument, and that is that we need children not to bring Covid to their grandparents and others who are at extremely high risk. “