Opinion: Protecting our kids and the world is not an either/or

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We're struggling to get vaccines into arms as it is. Saying that Americans should not get vaccinated in order to help the rest of the world is counterproductive. It's not us versus them, write Megan Ranney and Céline Gounder.
(CNN) On May 10, the US Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine for emergency use among adolescents ages 12 to 15. Days later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the vaccine to everyone in this age group.

Megan Ranney

Dr. Celine Gounder

This expansion of vaccine eligibility marked a momentous step toward getting back to normal. But the news was immediately met with questions about whether people in India, for example, should be prioritized over American kids in the global vaccine drive.

We are frustrated by those who claim that our individual and collective decisions to vaccinate…
Opinion by Megan Ranney and Céline Gounder
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