Pfizer vaccine may be authorized for kids 5 to 11 in October

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Pfizer vaccine may be authorized for kids 5 to 11 in October

Top US health officials believe that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine may be approved for children ages 5 to 11 by the end of October, sources familiar with the matter said.

The projection is based on the expectation that the drug-maker will have enough data to seek an Emergency Use Authorization [EUA] from the Food and Drug Administration by the end of the month, sources told Reuters.

Regulators would then likely make a decision within three weeks of the submission.

The decision about whether to vaccinate younger children comes amid pressure to contain a surge of infections caused by the Delta variant, which has complicated efforts for schools to return to classes.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical advisor, previously outlined a similar timeline for the decision during an online town hall meeting with thousands of colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, a source said.

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Pfizer is seeking Emergency Use Authorization for children ages 5 to 11.
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If Pfizer files for the EUA by the end of September, and the studies prove the vaccine is safe and effective for children, then “by the time we get to October, the first couple of weeks of October… the Pfizer product will likely be ready,” Fauci said, according to the source.

Fauci said that Moderna will take about three weeks longer to compile data for the same age group, according to the source. He predicted a decision would come around November.

Children ages 12 and older are currently able to get vaccinated with Pfizer’s vaccine.

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Children ages 12 and older are currently cleared to get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
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Moderna’s vaccine is only approved for those 18 and older, but has filed with the FDA for an EUA for those age 12 and older.

With Post wires

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