FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for kids as young as 12

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The FDA announced the Pfizer shot’s authorization for younger teens late Monday, and the CDC plans to convene a panel on Wednesday to discuss recommendations for its use

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. Thank you to our sponsor, Intel.Driving the DayCLEARS THE WAYFOR VACCINATING CHILDREN —The FDA announced the shot’s authorization for younger teens late Monday, and the CDC plans to convene a panel on Wednesday to discuss recommendations for its use.

States are already preparing.Lauren Morello reports. The new authorization includes 17 million adolescents nationwide, roughly half of whom are people of color, according to an analysis of government data by the Kaiser Family Foundation.Up to this point, Pfizer's vaccine had been authorized only for people 16 and older. The two other Covid-19 vaccines available in the U.S., from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are authorized only for adults 18 and up. Pfizer and other vaccine-makers are now studying the shots’ use in even younger kids, from 11-year-olds down to 6-month-old infants. headtopics.com

Meanwhile,countries around the world are still clamoring to get enough vaccines even for just their high-risk populations, let alone teens, who are generally less likely to develop severe illness. The new authorization could be the latest dilemma in the Biden administration’s minefield of global vaccine promises. Still, Biden’s top medical advisor, Anthony Fauci, argued that getting American adolescents vaccinated should be an urgent priority.

“We really do need to crush the outbreak, and you do that by essentially interrupting the chain of transmission and adolescent kids are part of the chain of transmission,” he told POLITICO last week. “I am extraordinarily sensitive about the needs of the developing world. ... But I believe that we can really, dramatically interrupt the chain of transmission in this country at the same time as looking at the needs of other countries. I don't think it's either-or.”

OBAMACARE SIGN-UPS SKYROCKET DURING PANDEMIC ENROLLMENT —Biden is set to announce a massive surge in sign-ups since the administration opened a special enrollment window on Feb. 15, Rachel Roubein reports.Last week,HHS released datashowing that nearly 940,000 customers had signed up during the special enrollment period, with the pace quickening over the past month. About 469,000 people signed up in April alone, after new financial help in the form of subsidies passed in the Democrats’ Covid relief package took effect. The sign-ups represent a

from the same period in 2020 and 2019.BIDEN HHS PICK TO GET FINAL VOTE TODAY —Palm is expected to be confirmed as deputy health secretary today, after her nomination cleared a procedural Senate hurdle Monday. Palm is an Obama administration veteran who most recently served as the top Wisconsin’s top health official during the pandemic. headtopics.com

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What else we’re watching:Senate Majority LeaderChuck Schumermay soon file a motion to discharge the Senate Finance Committee’s deadlocked vote on Chiquita Brooks-LaSure’s nomination to serve as Biden’s Medicare and Medicaid chief, Rachel writes. The Senate could vote on that motion as soon as today, though it’s still up in the air, according to a notice sent to Senate offices Monday.

In CongressHEALTH OFFICIALS GO BEFORE SENATE PANEL —Biden’s top health officials are set to appear before the Senate’s health panel this morning, where senators will likely question them on issues like global coronavirus aid and U.S. outreach to get people vaccinated, Alice Miranda Ollstein writes.

Testifying:Fauci, HHS chief science officer David Kessler, FDA official Peter Marks and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky all will appear.India’s current surge in cases is “a reminder that this pandemic won’t fully be over for our country until it is over for the world,” Committee chair

(D-Wash.) will say, according to prepared remarks.On the other side of the dais, Read more: POLITICO »

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FDA clears Pfizer shot for children as young as 12U.S. expands use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, paving the way for children as young as 12 to get shots.

FDA Approves Pfizer Vaccine For 12- To 15-Year-Old ChildrenThe COVID-19 vaccine is the first to be authorized for kids under age 16 in the U.S.

FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for 12-15-year-oldsPfizer announced in late March that its clinical trials showed the vaccine was safe and 100% effective in children ages 12-15, similar to the 95% efficacy among adult clinical trial participants. The big question about the vaccines is not their effects, but how long does it last in the long term? Or is it just temporary relief before another wave. These are questions that are never asked. Now before anyone jumps down my throat. I'm not anti-vax. Just don't lie to me Thank God my. Daughter has been waiting to be able to get vaccinated. I'm sure the morons will chime in soon. How's the smallpox? The measles? The mumps? The polio? Where'd they go? And how? Hopefully...it’s safe! We don’t wanna see that in one-two years recipients are starting to have weird complications from it...like Dr. Salk’s lovely polio vaccine did to hundreds and thousands of patients!!😳🤔🤔🤔

FDA Authorizes Pfizer COVID Vaccine for Kids 12-15This is the first COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. authorized for use in younger teens and adolescents. In late March, Pfizer released results from a study that showed high antibody responses and 100% effectiveness against COVID-19.

BREAKING NEWS: FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in children ages 12-15Dr. Michael Anderson, pediatric critical care physician, lauds the “historic” FDA emergency approval of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 12-15, and explains what this approval means for our return to normalcy. On Wednesday, a CDC advisory committee is expected to make recommendations based on their review of the data. Vaccines for adolescents can begin after the committee approves the vaccine.

FDA Approves Pfizer Vaccine For 12- To 15-Year-Old ChildrenThe COVID-19 vaccine is the first to be authorized for kids under age 16 in the U.S.