US Sets COVID-19 Infection Records as FDA Approves Boosters for Kids

The US reported a record 1 million COVID-19 infections on Monday amid changing federal guidance and FDA approval of boosters for immunocompromised 5–11-year-old children.


The US reported 1,080,211 COVID-19 infections on Monday as states cleared testing backlogs that accumulated over the holiday break.

  • This record-setting total is almost twice as large as the winter 2020-2021 peak. The seven-day average of infections is now 480,273.
  • However, the seven-day average of hospitalizations is at 105,138, below both the all-time pandemic peak of Jan. 10, 2021 (137,510) but higher than the Delta-variant peak in September (102,967). As the Wall Street Journal notes, spottier testing in 2021 and widespread testing shortages now complicate any comparisons.
  • According to CDC estimates, the Omicron variant was responsible for 95.4 percent of COVID cases over the past week. Less than one month ago, Omicron cases made up a mere 8.0 percent of US infections.
  • It’s important to note not all “COVID hospitalizations” are due to severe COVID-19 infections. Jackson Health System in Florida found half its COVID patients were admitted for “non-COVID reasons.” Anthony Fauci, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) have made similar statements along these lines in recent days.
  • Meanwhile, the CDC recommended Pfizer booster shots for children aged 5-11 with moderate to severely compromised immune systems after the FDA authorization was announced Monday.
  • This comes months after two top FDA scientists resigned in protest over efforts to authorize boosters for children.


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