COVID In Maryland: May 4, 2021 (Afternoon Update)
- We are following breaking news that we have just learned from the Ravens. They are planning for full capacity at M&T Bank Stadium this season. In a message to season ticket holders, the team says it is optimistic that they will have a full stadium of fans, as progress continues with COVID vaccinations across the country. The plan for 2021 season includes full capacity, but also, safety protocols like mobile ticketing, touchless kiosks, and cashless purchasing.
- That announcement from the Ravens comes as Maryland continues seeing encouraging numbers in the coronavirus pandemic. Just over 500 new cases reported today. The positivity rate rose slightly to 3.82%. Hospitalizations are down. One thing that could help bring numbers down, vaccines for children.
- Millions of young people could become eligible for a shot soon. Skyler Henry has more details from the White House for WJZ.
SKYLER HENRY: A federal health official tells CBS News the FDA plans to authorize the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 as early as next week.
ASHISH JHA: I have two kids in that age range, and they're both very excited to get it, and I'm happy for them to get it because I really do think these vaccines are both remarkably effective and quite safe.
SKYLER HENRY: Pfizer says clinical trials showed the vaccine was 100% effective in children that age and is well tolerated.
REGINALD WASHINGTON: The antibody response is actually higher than the antibody response we've observed in young adults, and also, there were no positive cases in the study group with the data that I've been able to obtain.
SKYLER HENRY: Pfizer and Moderna are now running clinical trials for kids six months old and older. This comes as the number of adults getting vaccinated continues to drop to an average of about 2.3 million doses per day. That's down from a high of more than 3 million doses per day just last month.
REGINALD WASHINGTON: To reach herd immunity, we need a certain number of the general population, including this age group, to be vaccinated.
SKYLER HENRY: But the number of new coronavirus cases is dropping as well, prompting more States to lift all COVID restrictions.
RON DESANTIS: I think folks that are saying that they need to be policing people at this point, if you are saying that, you really are saying you don't believe in the vaccines.
SKYLER HENRY: But health officials are still urging caution, as the variants of the virus are now spreading among unvaccinated young adults. Skyler Henry, CBS News, the White House.