COVID-19 rates lowest New York has seen since early November

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Governor Hochul announced on Friday that COVID-19 positivity rates had reached their lowest statewide level since Nov. 5.

Positivity rates in New York on Thursday were 2.58%. The improvement came on the same day marking the deadline for unvaccinated New York City employees to get vaccinated or risk losing their jobs.

Hochul thanked New Yorkers on Friday while addressing the public on the state’s progress in the fight against COVID-19. She attributed the low positivity rate to residents taking advantage of protective tools offered such as vaccines, boosters and frequent testing. Hochul added that although the numbers are moving in the right direction, people should remain vigilant.

The FDA also made a major announcement on Friday that it would delay its scheduled meeting to discuss Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5.

“The delays here reflect the fact that they lowered the dose for these young children to make sure it was safe,” said Dr. Megan Ranney, academic dean of public health at Brown University. “Unfortunately, it seems that this reduced dose has diminished the effectiveness of the vaccine a bit, which is why they need three injections instead of just two.”

Pfizer delaying the meeting will give researchers more time to review additional data as part of its regulatory process — and once that happens, according to the drug company — all information will be evaluated as soon as possible.

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