Johnson & Johnson has begun testing its Covid-19 vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 17, the newest effort to make vaccinations available beyond adults. Infectious-disease specialists say that if the shots safely work in children, it will be important to vaccinate them as well, not only for individual protection but also to build up communitywide defenses against the virus. Moderna also is testing its vaccine in children ranging in age from six months to 17 years.
CSSE is reporting 30,592,125 positive cases in the U.S. and 553,901 deaths. DOH reported 2,071,015 confirmed cases in Florida on Friday, with 33,586 deaths.