The United States has 1,450 children hospitalized for covid-19, its highest number so far in the pandemic, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Francis Collins, warned this Sunday.

In an interview with ABC News, Collins considered that the country “should never have reached the point where it is,” with a resurgence of coronavirus cases caused by the Delta variant.

“We have vaccines that we know are highly effective and safe, and yet half the country is still not fully vaccinated,” the official complained. And he noted that “the United States is paying ‘a terrible price’, given the rapid increase in cases, especially among unvaccinated people.”

“Almost all the deaths are in unvaccinated people. And now they are younger people, including children,” he added.

Although Collins indicated that they do not have “rigorous data” that indicate that the Delta is more serious for minors, he admitted that he hears the concern of pediatricians because in this new peak of the contagion of the disease “the children who are in the hospital are more numerous and are more seriously ill “.

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