Here are this week's top headlines around COVID-19 and vaccines

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Why do some people get hit hard by COVID and others don't? Scientists have new clue

Researchers have discovered that many of the people who are prone to the most severe effects of COVID-19 have an autoantibody that weakens their bodies' ability to fight the virus. The risk is highest in men over 70.

Moderna seeks emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months to 5 years

Moderna is seeking emergency-use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months through 5 years of age. In late March, the company announced positive results of a clinical trial that included 2,500 children ages 6 months through 24 months and 4,200 children ages 2 through 5.

LAUSD expected to delay student COVID vaccine mandate until July 2023

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Alberto Carvalho is recommending the district align with the state and delay implementation of its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for eligible students until at least July 1, 2023. The mandate for district employees remains in place.

TRACKING THE VACCINE: California by the numbers

Note: We collected the data below on April 28. Some data sources lag by about a day.

Los Angeles County

About 8.1 million people, or roughly 80% of the total population were at least partially vaccinated as of April 27. About 7.3 million people, or 72% were fully vaccinated.

About 53% of people who are fully vaccinated have received a booster shot.

Orange County

About 2.5 million people, or roughly 78% of the total population were at least partially vaccinated as of April 27. About 2.3 million people, or 72% were fully vaccinated.

About 55% of people who are fully vaccinated have received a booster shot.

Riverside County

About 1.6 million people, or roughly 65% of the total population were at least partially vaccinated as of April 27. About 1.4 million people, or 58% were fully vaccinated.

About 47% of people who are fully vaccinated have received a booster shot.

San Bernardino County

About 1.4 million people, or roughly 62% of the total population were at least partially vaccinated as of April 27. About 1.2 million people, or 56% were fully vaccinated.

About 46% of people who are fully vaccinated have received a booster shot.

Ventura County

About 661,000 people, or roughly 78% of the total population were at least partially vaccinated as of April 27. About 610,000 people, or 72% were fully vaccinated.

About 54% of people who are fully vaccinated have received a booster shot.

Nationwide and Statewide

In the United States, according to CDC data, about 257.5 million people, or roughly 78% of the total population were at least partially vaccinated as of data reported April 28. About 220 million people, or 66% of the total population were fully vaccinated. About 46% of people who are fully vaccinated have received a booster shot.

The same data shows about 33 million people, or roughly 84% of the total population in California were at least partially vaccinated. About 28 million people, or 72% of the total population were fully vaccinated. About 51% of people who are fully vaccinated have received a booster shot.

This puts California at rank number 17 in terms of the percent of people at least partially vaccinated, and at rank number 14 in terms of people fully vaccinated across U.S. States plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Sources: County-by-county data comes from the California Department of Public Health, state-by-state data comes from the CDC's COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker.

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