The promising results of a study by BioNTech (Pfizer) and Pfizer could make COVID-19 vaccinations available to children between 5 and 11 years old, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday.
Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, made the comments in an interview with ABC’s This Week, shortly after regulators at the Food and Drug Administration said the benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech jabThe risks for side effects for children outweighed their benefits, which is a crucial finding that could lead to an emergency authorization.
“If all goes well, and we get the regulatory approval and the recommendation from the CDC, it’s entirely possible if not very likely that vaccines will be available for children from 5 to 11 within the first week or two of November,” Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, told the program. He later added that he didn’t want to preempt any decision by the FDA, but “if you look at the data that’s been made public, the data look good.”
This schedule could lead to many American children being vaccinated this year. A total of 28 million children would be eligible to get a vaccine if Pfizer approves the emergency Pfizer vaccine.
Following data released by BioNTech, Pfizer, and BioNTech showing that children can take coronavirus vaccine in small doses, his comments are timely. appear to be safe and highly effectiveThey are 5–11 years old. Pfizer claims data show that the vaccine was effective in reducing mortality by nearly 91% among those who were vaccinated with a small dose. If the shots are ultimately approved by the FDA it would be a key milestone in the nation’s effort to end the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Most common side effects are those seen in older adults or children: headache, fatigue, muscle pain, chills and muscle soreness.
Pfizer will be giving a presentation Tuesday to a group of advisors. This is the FDA typically follows the body’s advice, but it’s not required to do so, Reuters notes.
Also, Dr. Rochelle Wilensky, head of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it Sunday. she was hopeful her agency could act quicklyFollowing FDA approval, in the hopes that children can be vaccinated before the holiday season.
“After they (FDA) are able to review all the science and conduct the regulatory action and the CDC will meet, and if all of that goes smoothly … we will act quickly,” she told Fox News Sunday. “We know how many parents are interested in getting their children between 5 and 11 vaccinated and we intend to act as quickly as we can.”
Although many Americans have received one of three COVID-19 vaccines, no approval has been given for inoculation to young children. Children 12 years and over can receive full-strength Pfizer vaccines.