On Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer Covid vaccine for children aged five to eleven, paving the way for 28 million young Americans to get immunized in the near future.
A high-level medical council consulting the government recommended the injections this week, saying that the proven advantages exceeded the risks of adverse effects.
In a statement, acting Food and Drug Administration head Janet Woodcock said, “As a mother and a physician, I know that parents, caregivers, school personnel, and children have been waiting for today’s permission.”
After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention convenes a panel on Tuesday to further review clinical recommendations, the vaccination distribution should begin in earnest. In a clinical experiment with almost 2,000 participants, it was discovered that it was more than 90% efficient at preventing symptomatic illness.
The vaccine is given in two doses, three weeks apart, at a dosage of 10 micrograms, which is a third of what is given to older age groups.
Since the beginning of the epidemic, there have been 8,300 Covid hospitalizations of children aged five to eleven, with 146 fatalities, according to the CDC.
Because the impact is assumed to be connected to testosterone levels, the clinical studies were too small to identify them, but the theory is that they will be extremely rare.
Depending on the degree of transmission within a community, Covid can induce more severe types of myocarditis, possibly more often.
However, the majority of panelists at an FDA-organized gathering of specialists on Monday stated they would oppose regulations in this age range. The United States is recovering from its most recent coronavirus outbreak, which was triggered by the Delta-variant.
However, there are still a lot of cases, especially in the colder northern regions where vaccination rates are low.
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