mention the siteCNN” American that the US Food and Drug Administration FDA It may soon agree to give Pfizer’s Biontech vaccine to young children – what experts have described as a “development that offers hope in the midst of a dangerous time in the pandemic.”
Dr. James Heldreth, a vaccine advisor for the US Food and Drug Administration, told CNN“It is expected that by Halloween at the end of next October we can see vaccines available for children, but it will take several weeks for this to happen.”
This comes after Pfizer announced yesterday that trials showed that the two-dose vaccine was safe and generated a “strong” antibody response in children 5 to 11 years old.
Currently the youngest Americans eligible to be vaccinated are 12, and the teen vaccination rate is still approaching the halfway mark, according to an analysis of data from CDC.
Expanding access to the vaccine will be important to protecting children and ending the virus’ grip in the United States for all, said Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
Corona vaccine for children
“Ultimately, if we are serious about stopping this epidemic, we need to vaccinate 85-90% of the US population,” Hotez added. “That means all adults, all teens and large numbers of young children.”
According to data from the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 226,000 cases of corona infection in children were reported in the United States of America last week, and this is the second highest total of new cases in children and cases among that group continue to rise dramatically.
As cases spread, hospitalization rates are rising, with an average of 311 children hospitalized with COVID-19 per day over the past week, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).CDC).