Tuesday’s New York Instances lead story by Apoorva Mandavilli on Pfizer pushing to get its coronavirus vaccine authorised for youngsters was stuffed with the reporter’s typical coronavirus scaremongering. This time, it was in regards to the risks it posed to youngsters: “Pfizer Says Shot Safely Benefits Children 5 to 11 – Seeking F.D.A. Approval – Urgency as Cases Rise in Young – Trial Review May Take Weeks.”

Mandavilli’s freaked-out reporting was sadly valuable in serving to maintain colleges shut across the nation final yr, and it’s gotten no higher.

The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been proven to be secure and extremely efficient in younger youngsters aged 5 to 11 years, the businesses introduced early Monday morning. The information units the stage for authorization of the vaccine for youthful youngsters, probably earlier than the top of October.

The necessity is pressing: Youngsters now account for multiple in 5 new instances, and the extremely contagious Delta variant has despatched extra youngsters into hospitals and intensive care models previously few weeks than at some other time within the pandemic.

She pushed the pharmaceutical large’s self-reported outcomes.

Pfizer and BioNTech introduced the ends in a press release that didn’t embrace detailed information from the trial. The findings haven’t but been peer-reviewed nor revealed in a scientific journal.

However the brand new outcomes dovetail with these seen in older youngsters and in adults, specialists stated.


Almost 30,000 youngsters had been hospitalized for Covid in August; the least vaccinated states reported the best charges. At Seattle Youngsters’s hospital, about half of the youngsters who’re admitted for Covid are older than 12, in keeping with Dr. Danielle Zerr, a pediatric infectious ailments skilled on the hospital.

“For Covid” or “with Covid”? The wording is important. As Kelley Ok identified on Twitter, Mandavilli apparently received the 30,000 determine from this Times piece, however the wording there was “with Covid,” which incorporates youngsters admitted with different diseases, who additionally take a look at for Covid. Kelley Ok additionally famous the Instances caveat “Knowledge consists of hospital admissions of these with both confirmed or suspected Covid-19.” (Emphasis added.)

As ideological battles over masking and vaccine mandates play out in communities, the reopening of faculties has fueled the surge. In Mississippi, among the many states with no masks mandate, practically 6,000 college students examined constructive for the virus in a single week, and greater than 30,000 college students, academics and employees needed to be quarantined.

To that, Karen Vaites rejoined on Twitter, “I might level you to the info in Denmark, Scotland, France, the UK, the US, the state of Florida, that present no signal that college reopening elevated COVID charges….”

Even in Mississippi, Apoorva’s instance of a spot the place faculty reopening brought about a case surge, Vaites famous that Mississippi case numbers began declining in early September — after colleges had reopened.

Apoorva quoted a member of her fan membership, influential academics union head Randi Weingarten, who had beforehand used Mandavilli’s alarmist reporting as a information to assist maintain colleges shut for a yr.

“That is one enormous step towards beating Covid and returning to normalcy. I don’t assume it modifications the dialog round vaccine necessities for youths,” stated Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Academics, a nationwide union.

An essential admission was tucked deep inside.

Given how hardly ever youngsters change into severely ailing, the trial was not designed to attract significant conclusions in regards to the vaccine’s skill to stop Covid or hospitalization.

Extreme sickness is so uncommon in youngsters they’ll’t work up a correct examine for it — but it surely’s nonetheless “pressing” to vaccinate youngsters?

Additionally be aware how the pro-government New York Instances is abruptly all about shedding paperwork and dismissing (some) parental considerations within the identify of getting pictures in youngsters’s arms instantly.

Mother and father and a few public well being specialists have clamored for the F.D.A. to expedite its evaluation course of….

Then Mandavilli arrogantly advised that mother and father involved about vaccine security for youngsters “could also be influenced by misinformation circulating on social media.”