What we’re reading: Moderna begins testing vaccine on children, Biden promotes stimulus package


A pharmacist working for the Seattle Indian Health Board holds a syringe of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, Monday, March 15, 2021, at a SIHB clinic in Seattle. The SIHB began vaccinating front line staff from Seattle Public Schools Monday, including substitute teachers, custodians, nutrition services staff, special education teachers, and instructional aides, after determining they had enough doses of the vaccine to share with school workers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

By Camille Plunkett

Moderna approves vaccine testing on children

Moderna Inc. announced the that they have begun “studying its COVID-19 vaccine on children 6 months to 11 years” in an effort to increase the amount of vaccinations, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Questions have been raised about what COVID-19 vaccinations on children would look like, and how it would curve the rise in cases. Children are less vulnerable to the virus compared to adults, but they can still contract and spread the virus.

The majority of vaccinations so far have been administered to adults.

A push for vaccinations in children has begun to “both protect them from the virus and further build population-level immunity” in order to move forward on lifting COVID-19 restrictions.

President Biden to begin promoting his $1.9 trillion stimulus package

President Joe Biden speaks to members of the press on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 16, 2021, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Biden is en route to Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

President Joe Biden and a host of White House allies are set to visit key battleground states in an effort to promote the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package that was signed into law last week, according to the Washington Post.

The president, along with Vice President Kamala Harris and both of their spouses, will visit states including Georgia and Pennsylvania to promote the bill.

The bill has shown public popularity in the polls, but some Democratic officials are concerned about failing to raise public support around it like what happened with President Obama in 2009.