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Most Americans support requiring students who are old enough to receive a coronavirus vaccination for fall class attendance, with strong support for requirements for high school and college students, according to a new Gallup survey published Friday.

About 61 percent of the more than 3,500 people surveyed between May 18 and 23 backed requiring vaccinations for college students. Survey results showed similar support for high school students, at 56 percent, and middle school students, at 51 percent.

The survey was carried out shortly after the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for youths as young as 12.

Approval of vaccinations for school attendance appeared to be influenced by the vaccine status of respondents, along with party-line affiliations, with Democrats more in favor compared with Republicans.

On Thursday, members of a panel that advises the FDA argued that faster vaccine approvals should be available, with the possibilities of dangerous variant threats and a fall surge.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Women are slowly regaining the jobs they lost. But for many, their career paths may change for good.
  • The highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus, first identified in India, now accounts for 6 percent of infections in the United States, but vaccines appear to be highly effective against it.
  • Health authorities in Russia reported more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases Wednesday, logging the highest number of daily infections in more than three months as officials continued to play down the pandemic’s severity.
  • The Houston Methodist hospital system suspended more than 170 health-care workers — out of nearly 25,000 — for failing to comply with the organization’s vaccine mandate.
  • The United States reported a seven-day rolling average of 15,636 new infections Tuesday, a drop of nearly 11 percent from the previous week. At least 33.3 million cases have been registered nationwide since Feb. 29, 2020.