Pfizer vaccine could be authorized for kids ages 5 to 11 in October: report

Pfizer vaccine could be authorized for kids ages 5 to 11 in October: report


Top US health officials believe that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine may be approved for children ages 5 to 11 by the end of October, sources familiar with the matter said.

The projection is based on the expectation that the drug-maker will have enough data to seek an Emergency Use Authorization [EUA] from the Food and Drug Administration by the end of the month, sources told Reuters.

Regulators would then likely make a decision within three weeks of the submission.

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The decision about whether to vaccinate younger children comes amid pressure to contain a surge of infections caused by the Delta variant, which has complicated efforts for schools to return to classes.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House chief medical advisor, previously outlined a similar timeline for the decision during an online town hall meeting with thousands of colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, a source said.

Pfizer is seeking Emergency Use Authorization for children ages 5

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