FDA advisers back Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids

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The FDA is not bound by the panel’s recommendation and is expected to make its decision within a few days.

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A panel of US health advisors on Tuesday endorsed Pfizer’s child-sized doses COVID-19 Vaccines run we Closer to starting vaccination in children 5 to 11 years of age.

A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted unanimously that the vaccine’s benefits in preventing COVID-19 in that age group outweigh any potential risks — including heart-related side effects that are very rare in teens and young adults. Those who get a lot. high dosage.

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The FDA is not bound by the panel’s recommendation and is expected to make its decision within a few days.

If the FDA authorizes kid-sized doses, there’s still one more step: Next week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will have to decide whether to recommend the shots and which young people should get them.

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While children appear to have a lower risk of severe COVID-19 than older people, children aged 5 to 11 still suffered substantial illness – which reported more than 8,300 hospitalizations , about a third required intensive care, and about 100 deaths.

The dosage for young children is just one-third of the Pfizer shot already recommended for everyone 12 and older. Moderna is also studying a vaccine for young children.

A study of primary school children found that Pfizer shots are about 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infections—even though youth got just a third of the dose given to teens and adults.

In a preliminary analysis last week, critics from the Food and Drug Administration said the safety would “clearly outweigh” the risk of a very rare side effect in nearly all scenarios of a pandemic. Now FDA advisors are looking through that data to see if they agree.


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