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Pediatric Vaccines

The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization Friday for Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines in children aged 5 to 11. Final concurrence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected this week, making shots available to more than 28 million children.  


In data submitted for review, Pfizer reported the vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in the age group. No serious side effects were reported to date, though experts have noted the small sample size of 3,100 children. 


Uptake is expected to be slower than previous rollouts. A recent survey found 27% of parents would have their children vaccinated once available, 33% said they would wait and see, and 30% said they would definitely not. 


To date, 78% of Americans over 12 have received at least one dose (including 97% of those over 65 years old). Meanwhile, the US is averaging around 70,000 new cases per day, with just over 1,400 daily deaths (see stats). 

Heartbeat Bill Hearing

The US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments today challenging Texas' recently enacted fetal heartbeat bill. The justices expedited the hearing, considered one of the most high-profile abortion rights cases in recent memory, at a pace not seen since Bush v. Gore in 2000.   


The law, enacted two months ago, bans abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, generally around six weeks after conception (see overview). Exceptions are made for serious health complications to the mother. The law relies on a unique enforcement mechanism—private citizens may sue anyone believed to have aided an abortion, including providers, regardless of personal relationship.


The court previously declined a request to block the law while appeals were heard, and will hear a challenge to a 15-week Mississippi ban Dec. 1. 

G-20 Meeting

G-20 leaders met in Rome yesterday, President Joe Biden's first official meeting with the group since taking office. The countries (see list) represent about 80% of the world's economic output and 75% of trade—the meetings are viewed as an attempt to coordinate global policies. Notably absent were the leaders of China, Russia, Mexico, and Japan, who sent lower-level ministers in their place. 


The group endorsed a global minimum tax of 15% for large businesses, pledged to up COVID-19 vaccine shipments to lower-income countries, and committed (without details) to work toward carbon neutrality by 2050. The pacts are non-binding—each country would have to enact domestic policies to meet the goals. 


Separately, Biden, who is Catholic, met with Pope Francis while in the city. See a history of papal meetings with US presidents here.


The G-20 summit came ahead of the United Nations' annual international climate change conference, which began yesterday and runs through next Friday. See an overview here.

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