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New York is reporting more COVID cases than it has at any other time during the pandemic . The Omicron variant grows 70x faster than the delta variant , which may account for its fast spread. In the final analysis of its COVID pill, Pfizer says the drug is highly effective, even against Omicron , and it should be released before the end of the year. Before Omicron, Pfizer reported a 90% reduction in hospitalizations and death in high-risk COVID patients . In terms of the vaccine, Pfizer’s CEO announced that the government ordered enough COVID vaccine doses for every child aged 5 to 11 in the country . That’s about to be put to the test––kids have started getting the COVID vaccine. The Biden administration, anticipating a green light, began packing and shipping vaccine doses for kids before approval was even granted. Earlier this week, an FDA advisory panel unanimously recommended (including one abstention) that kids aged 5-11 get the low-dose version of Pfizer’s vaccine . Now, the FDA has authorized the vaccine for that age group . Almost one month ago, Pfizer sent data tot he FDA in order to get approval for vaccines among children 5 to 11 . Last month, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that they were planning to ask regulators for approval to administer vaccines to children older than five . If granted, that should help reduce the risk COVID poses to school children. According to the WHO, COVID will continue to mutate––just as […]