COVID-19 update for Sept. 11-12: U.S. could authorize Pfizer COVID-19 shot for kids age 5-11 in October, say sources | 820 new cases, nine deaths | Tribunal dismisses complaints alleging discrimination due to B.C. vaccine pass

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C.

Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Sept. 11-12, 2021.

We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen.

B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS
As of the latest figures given on Sept. 10
• Total number of confirmed cases: 173,158 (5,850 active cases)
• New cases since Sept. 8: 820
• Total deaths: 1,856 (nine additional deaths)
• Hospitalized cases: 281
• Intensive care: 135 (up five)
• Total vaccinations: 3,962,256 received first dose; 3,614,503 second doses
• Recovered from acute infection: 165,027
• Long-term care and assisted-living homes, and acute care facilities currently affected: 22 (one new)

Top U.S. health officials believe that Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine could be authorized for children aged 5-11 years old by the end of October, two sources familiar with the situation said on Friday.

The timeline is based on the expectation that Pfizer, which developed the shot with Germany’s BioNTech, will have enough data from clinical trials to seek emergency use authorization (EUA) for that age group from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) towards the end of this month, the sources said.
They anticipate the FDA could make a decision on whether the shot is safe and effective in younger children within three weeks of the EUA submission.

The decision on whether to authorize a vaccine for younger children is eagerly anticipated by millions of Americans, particularly parents whose children started school in recent weeks amid a wave of infections driven by the Delta variant.

Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci outlined the timetable during an online town hall meeting attended by thousands of staff at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Friday, according to one of the sources. A second source familiar with the situation said that the FDA anticipated a similar timeline for Pfizer.

Vancouver Coastal Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at Opal by Element after a resident tested positive for COVID-19.

The resident was in the licensed care unit on the second floor of the private care facility owned and operated by Element. That unit is closed to new admissions and transfers and group activities are suspended.

All visits to the facility will be suspended until outbreak measure lift, except for essential care or compassionate visits at the end of life.
The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has dismissed a pair of complaints against Premier John Horgan and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry alleging discrimination stemming from the new B.C. vaccine card, set to take effect on Monday.