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Vaccines for kids could help labor

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NEW YORK, Sept 20 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Pfizer (PFE.N) mentioned on Monday that its Covid-19 jab is safe and effective for kids aged 5 to 11. Regulators could authorize the vaccination inside weeks. Children beneath 17 symbolize 22% of the U.S. inhabitants, in line with the Census Bureau. While these over 12 are already eligible, reducing the age additional means fewer youngsters should keep dwelling from faculty – and extra mother and father can return to work.

In Mississippi, 2% of scholars had been quarantined within the week ending Sept. 10. University of Washington researchers reckon 94 of 100 faculty districts tracked now supply on-line studying to not less than some college students, greater than twice as many as deliberate to take action in July. After-school packages are additionally short-staffed.

That continues a pandemic development that has made it exhausting for mother and father, particularly ladies, to decide to a job. The labor-force participation charge for ladies, at 56.2% in August, was down 1.6 share factors since February 2020. That’s a much bigger drop than for males, regardless that a smaller proportion of ladies work outdoors the house. For employers scrambling for workers learn extra , vaccinating kids could be a shot within the arm. (By Robert Cyran)

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