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Covid Surges in U.K. Schools After Lag in Shots for Children

  • Children now account for largest number of infections in U.K.
  • Vaccine delay comes as U.S. prepares to inoculate younger kids
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An explosion of Covid-19 infections in U.K. schools is prompting concern over the country’s decision to wait so long to offer vaccines to adolescents.

More than 8% of children in English secondary schools -- ages 11 to 16 -- tested positive for the coronavirus in the week ending Oct. 9, according to the most recent government figures. That number is eight times higher than the rate for adults and has risen from about 2% in early September before schools restarted.