Delta Covid-19 variant in children: Case numbers rising in SA - what experts say

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The highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant is responsible for driving South Africa's third wave of infections and is present in all nine provinces.

While the approved Covid-19 vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson are proven to protect against the harsher effects of this variant, children and adolescents in South Africa are not yet eligible for vaccination, leaving them vulnerable to infection.

Evidence to date, however, suggests that children rarely experience severe Covid-19 – although they are still drivers of virus transmission. And despite there being compelling evidence that Delta is more transmissible than previous variants, robust evidence indicating whether it is more likely to result in severe illness in adults and children is still limited.

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