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FDA authorizes for kids ages 5 to 11


Jamie Blank (L) holds Ari Blank’s right hand while he is given the Pfizer BioNTech covid-19 vaccine by Jen Feinberg (R), at JARC’s Bloomfield Hills offices, Michigan, on May 13, 2021.

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The Food and Drug Administration approved the use Pfizer and BioNTech‘s Covid-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, a move that will make the shots available to 28 million kids in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease ControlAnd Prevention must sign off before shots can be distributed. The advisory committee will meet next week to discuss pediatric dosages. They are expected to quickly clear the vaccines for distribution to the public immediately.

The FDA clearance – which was expected – came after the agency’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted overwhelmingly TuesdayFor young children, you can support a small dose of Pfizer’s vaccine.

It claimed that its low dose vaccine for children, which contains a third the amount given to adults is over 90% effective at preventing asymptomatic infections. The shots are well-tolerated in children younger than 16 years old, and produce side effects similar to those observed in people aged 16-25.

Parents are eager to have their children vaccinated. Schools across America and in the Delta region of the United States now offer this service. the coronavirusA surge in cases of children is being reported.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), nearly 6.3 million children had tested positive for Covid since the outbreak of the pandemic. However, experts believe that the actual number may be much greater. According to a CDC official Tuesday, Covid-19 has been the 8th-leading cause of death in children under 5 years old.

Biden’s administration stated that it was already procured enough dosesThe U.S. government approved doses for all 28 million 5-11-year-olds. It said that the agency is prepared to start rolling out 15 million shots in the first week.

FDA scientists noted that there is a risk of developing myocarditis. However, they said the vaccines would have more benefits than the possible complications.

Some FDA members stated Tuesday that vaccinations of younger people would be beneficial in the United States’ “endemic” phase. This is where the virus circulates but is at lower levels.

Since August there were more than 2,000 Covid school closures across the country, affecting over 1 million children, 68,000 teachers and more than 1,000,000 people, Dr. Fiona Havers from CDC stated Tuesday. She cited Google News data.

Some members of the committee acknowledged that there is still much to learn, like the incidence of myocarditis among young children, but they emphasized the fact that the advantages outweigh the risks.

A member asked if they should only recommend for children at high risk. Even though the rates of disease progression are comparable for adults and children, studies have found that healthy kids are more likely to develop symptoms than those who get it.

A CDC analysis identified underlying medical conditions – such as obesity, chronic lung disease and neurological disorders – as risk factors for severe disease in kids. According to the agency lung disease is the leading underlying medical condition.

This is an ongoing story. Keep checking back for more updates.

Mike Robinson
Mike covers the financial, utilities and biotechnology sectors for Street Register. He has been writing about investment and personal finance topics for almost 12 years. Mike has an MBA in Finance from Wake Forest University.