600,000 children have received Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines within a week of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended the distribution of Pfizer’s vaccine for children ages 12 to 15. Vaccines are vetted through the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which “comprises medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on the use of vaccines in the civilian population of the United States.” The recommendation of the Pfizer vaccine for children was adopted 14-0 by the committee, with one abstention.
A study by Pfizer-BioNTech illustrates positive results in participants of the age group. “In a Phase 3 trial in adolescents 12 to 15 years of age with or without prior evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine BNT162b2 demonstrated 100% efficacy and robust antibody responses.” The study included 2,260 participants. The FDA accepted the recommendation and authorized the emergency use of the vaccine in adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15.
“We share the urgency to expand the authorization of our vaccine to use in younger populations and are encouraged by the clinical trial data from adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15,” said Albert Bourla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Pfizer. “We plan to submit these data to FDA as a proposed amendment to our Emergency Use Authorization in the coming weeks and to other regulators around the world, with the hope of starting to vaccinate this age group before the start of the next school year.”
Vaccination roll-out efforts are a top priority of the Biden administration, despite a decrease in hospital admissions and deaths related to Covid-19, as well as the lowest daily case numbers since June 2020, according to reporting by John Hopkins University.
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