Pfizer CEO Albert Bouerla said the company was 5-11 . ‘days’ away from requesting use of COVID vaccine in children
Want to take part in the Halloween festivities this year? Celebrate outside, limit crowds and trick-or-treat in small groups, says Dr. Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Oh my god, I certainly hope so,” Valensky told CBS’ Face the Nation, when hinted at whether it’s safe for kids to go trick-or-treating this year. “If you’re able to be outside, of course. Limit crowds, I don’t necessarily go to a crowded Halloween party, but I love being able to let our kids trick or treat in small groups.” And I hope we can do that this year.”
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Valensky’s comments come as children under the age of 12 remain ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, although Pfizer CEO Albert Borla said on Sunday that the company is looking to expand the use among 5-year-olds to the FDA for testing. There is “days, not weeks” away from submitting data. 11, and Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb speculates that the age group may be eligible for the vaccine by Halloween. Recent Findings suggested that the shot was safe and effective in primary school-aged children at a lower dose, 10 micrograms (μg) versus a 30 microgram dose for individuals 12 years of age and older.
“Since July, pediatric cases of COVID-19 in the US have increased by approximately 240 percent – underscoring the public health need for vaccination,” Bouerla wrote in a release posted on Sept. 20. “These trial results provide a strong foundation for seeking authorization for our vaccines for children ages 5 to 11, and we plan to submit them to the FDA and other regulators immediately.”
Last year, COVID-related precautions and gathering limits resulted in the cancellation of Halloween events in 37 states, USA TODAY informed of, while the CDC discouraged Americans from attending traditional trick-or-treating and indoor costume parties. The health agency last year advised trick-or-treaters against wearing a costume mask in addition to or as a replacement for their virus-related masks.
“Many traditional Halloween activities may be at high risk for spreading the virus,” the CDC said in a previous advisory. Any personal activity during the holiday.
Granthshala News’ Daniela Genovese contributed to this report.