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CDC director urges parents to vaccinate children

As drug companies expand coronavirus vaccine access to children, officials are working to persuade people who are skeptical or unwilling to get vaccinated. (Video: Luis Velarde, Jonathan Baran, Erin Patrick O'Connor/The Washington Post, Photo: Erin Cox/The Washington Post)
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky on Tuesday urged parents to vaccinate their children now that federal officials have authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech shots for people as young as 12.

In testimony before a Senate committee, Walensky encouraged children to ask for the vaccine if their parents are hesitant. Experts have said vaccinating children may be necessary for the United States to reach herd immunity, a point at which the coronavirus would be much easier to contain.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Covid-19 patients in India have been readmitted to hospitals with a deadly black fungal infection called mucormycosis that physicians say is increasingly preying on people with weakened immune systems.
  • Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft will offer free rides to vaccination sites through a partnership with the Biden administration announced Tuesday.
  • Los Angeles County, the most populous in the United States, could reach herd immunity from the coronavirus by mid- to late-July, health officials said Monday.
  • Widespread shortages and production snags are driving prices higher for many everyday items, as an uneven post-pandemic economic reopening leaves Americans facing the unfamiliar risk of inflation.
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Covid-19 patients in India have been readmitted to hospitals with a deadly black fungal infection called mucormycosis that physicians say is increasingly preying on people with weakened immune systems.
Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft will offer free rides to vaccination sites through a partnership with the Biden administration announced Tuesday.
Los Angeles County, the most populous in the United States, could reach herd immunity from the coronavirus by mid- to late-July, health officials said Monday.
Widespread shortages and production snags are driving prices higher for many everyday items, as an uneven post-pandemic economic reopening leaves Americans facing the unfamiliar risk of inflation.

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