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FDA panel backs Pfizer’s low-dose COVID-19 vaccine for kids

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. moved a step closer to expanding COVID-19 vaccinations for millions more children as a panel of government advisers on Tuesday endorsed kid-size doses of Pfizer's shots for 5- to 11-year-olds.

10/26/2021 11:29:00 PM

BREAKING: FDA advisers endorse Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The FDA isn’t bound by the recommendation and is expected to make a decision within days. The kid-sized dose is a third of the Pfizer shot that adults received.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. moved a step closer to expanding COVID-19 vaccinations for millions more children as a panel of government advisers on Tuesday endorsed kid-size doses of Pfizer's shots for 5- to 11-year-olds.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. moved a step closer to expanding COVID-19 vaccinations for millions more children as a panel of government advisers on Tuesday endorsed kid-size doses of Pfizer’s shots for 5- to 11-year-olds.A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted unanimously, with one abstention, that the vaccine’s benefits in preventing COVID-19 in that age group outweigh any potential risks — including a heart-related side effect that’s been very rare in teens and young adults despite their use of a much higher shot dose.

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While children are at lower risk of severe COVID-19 than older people, ultimately many panelists decided it’s important to give parents the choice to protect their youngsters — especially those at high risk of illness or who live in places where other precautions, like masks in schools, aren’t being used.

The virus is “not going away. We have to find a way to live with it and I think the vaccines give us a way to do that,” said FDA adviser Jeannette Lee of the University of Arkansas.ADVERTISEMENT“I do think it’s a relatively close call,” said adviser Dr. Eric Rubin of Harvard University. “It’s really going to be a question of what the prevailing conditions are but we’re never going to learn about how safe this vaccine is unless we start giving it.”

The FDA isn’t bound by the panel’s recommendation and is expected to make its own decision within days.If the FDA authorizes the kid-size doses, there’s still another step: Next week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will have to decide whether to recommend the shots and which youngsters should get them.

Full-strength shots made by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech already are recommended for everyone 12 and older but pediatricians and many parents are clamoring for protection for younger children. The extra-contagious delta variant has caused an alarming rise in pediatric infections -- and families are frustrated with school quarantines and having to say no to sleepovers and other rites of childhood to keep the virus at bay.

States are getting ready to roll out shots for little arms -- in special orange-capped vials to distinguish them from adult vaccine -- as soon as the government gives the OK. More than 25,000 pediatricians and other primary care providers have signed up so far to offer vaccination.

While there is less COVID-19 among 5- to 11-year-olds, they still have faced substantial illness -- including over 8,300 hospitalizations reported, about a third requiring intensive care, and nearly 100 deaths.A study of elementary schoolchildren found the Pfizer shots are nearly 91% effective at preventing symptomatic infection -- even though the youngsters received just a third of the dose given to teens and adults.

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AdministerVaxAtSCHOOL KSNNews 🇺🇸 Masks and vaccines are useful tools in an effort to mitigate the spread of disease. Please continue to report on the status of the ~2,200 kids used as test subjects. Great news! A full dose for adults doesn’t keep them from getting Covid but a baby dose will help children that aren’t even at risk of any danger from Covid in the first place? Not to mention young people have been having cardiac issues after receiving the shot…but Pfizer is making $$ so…

What's next for us? Stayed tuned for a sneak preview. Why is the media not reporting the lack of approval for Moderna vaccine by the CDC & US_FDA & make vaccines available to all ages? The longer these agencies control what vacs are available & Who gets them the longer this pandemic will go on. spaceiphany cool.

Dose it come with a toy? 😆 How bad a parent do you have to be, to give this to your 6 year old?

COVID-19 live updates: FDA panel hours away from vote on Pfizer vaccine for kidsAn independent FDA advisory panel will debate and vote on whether to authorize the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The nonbinding vote is expected between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET today. Fuck that vaccine! What a crock. Interesting you didn’t include deaths in there bc that seems to be the only thing the vaccine prevents at this point

U.S. FDA advisers weigh Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in childrenAn expert panel will weigh authorization of Pfizer Inc and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for U.S. children aged 5 to 11 on Tuesday as it prepares to vote on a recommendation for the federal Food and Drug Administration. Is die Belgische fabriek ook niet aansprakelijk voor de mogelijke lange termijn gevolgen?

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FDA Advisers Back Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine For Young Kids Ages 5-11U.S. health advisers have endorsed kid-size doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for younger children.

FDA advisors review Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for younger kidsU.S. health advisors are debating whether kid-size doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine are safe and effective in young children ages 5 to 11.

Live updates of FDA meeting on Pfizer's Covid vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11The FDA's key advisors on vaccines meet today to discuss and vote on Pfizer's Covid vaccine for kids. remember you all get vaccinated and wear a mask when needed and be a part of the solution and not the problem