US authorized to provide Pfizer Kovid vaccine to children aged 5-11

The US government has procured enough doses for children aged 5-11. (Representative)


The United States can now begin giving the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine to children aged 5-11 years, US health officials said on Tuesday, as they gave final approval to a new phase of fighting the pandemic.

Days after receiving authorization from the Food and Drug Administration, the vaccine was endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, paving the way for up to 28 million children to be vaccinated.

The government was well ahead of the decision, buying enough doses for children aged 5-11 and began shipping them across the country.

“Since the FDA approval, there hasn’t been a moment when teams aren’t picking up, packing and shipping vaccines,” White House pandemic coordinator Jeff Gents said Monday.

“We are planning some vaccinations this weekend,” he said, adding that the program “will be in full force really in the week of November 8th.”

The CDC convened a panel of independent scientists to review available data on outbreak status in children, the effectiveness of Pfizer’s vaccine, and its potential side effects during a day of live-streamed discussions.

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