BREAKING: Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine works for kids ages 5 to 11; plans to seek authorization for this age group soon.
Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon -- a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is available for anyone 12 and older.
September 20, 2021 GMTFILE - In this Dec. 15, 2020, file photo, a droplet falls from a syringe after a person was injected with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2020, file photo, a droplet falls from a syringe after a person was injected with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
Pfizer said Monday its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and that it will seek U.S. authorization for this age group soon -- a key step toward beginning vaccinations for youngsters.The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech already is available for anyone 12 and older. But with kids now back in school and the extra-contagious delta variant causing a huge jump in pediatric infections, many parents are anxiously awaiting vaccinations for their younger children.
For elementary school-aged kids, Pfizer tested a much lower dose -- a third of the amount that’s in each shot given now. Yet after their second dose, children ages 5 to 11 developed coronavirus-fighting antibody levels just as strong as teenagers and young adults, Dr. Bill Gruber, a Pfizer senior vice president, told The Associated Press. headtopics.com
The kid dosage also proved safe, with similar or fewer temporary side effects -- such as sore arms, fever or achiness -- that teens experience, he said.ADVERTISEMENT“I think we really hit the sweet spot,” said Gruber, who’s also a pediatrician.Gruber said the companies aim to apply to the Food and Drug Administration by the end of the month for emergency use in this age group, followed shortly afterward with applications to European and British regulators.
Earlier this month, FDA chief Dr. Peter Marks told the AP that once Pfizer turns over its study results, his agency would evaluate the data “hopefully in a matter of weeks” to decide if the shots are safe and effective enough for younger kids.Many Western countries so far have vaccinated no younger than age 12, awaiting evidence of what’s the right dose and that it works safely in smaller tots. But
Cubalast week began immunizing children as young as 2 with its homegrown vaccines and Chinese regulators have cleared two of its brands down to age 3.While kids are at lower risk of severe illness or death than older people, more than 5 million children in the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began and at least 460 have died, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Cases in children have risen dramatically as the delta variant swept through the country.
“I feel a great sense of urgency” in making the vaccine available to children under 12, Gruber said. “There’s pent-up demand for parents to be able to have their children returned to a normal life.”ADVERTISEMENTIn New Jersey, 10-year-old Maya Huber asked why she couldn’t get vaccinated like her parents and both teen brothers have. Her mother, Dr. Nisha Gandhi, a critical care physician at Englewood Hospital, enrolled Maya in the Pfizer study at Rutgers University. But the family hasn’t eased up on their masking and other virus precautions until they learn if Maya received the real vaccine or a dummy shot. headtopics.com
Once she knows she’s protected, Maya’s first goal: “a huge sleepover with all my friends.”Maya said it was exciting to be part of the study even though she was “super scared” about getting jabbed. But “after you get it, at least you feel like happy that you did it and relieved that it didn’t hurt,” she told the AP.
Pfizer said it studied the lower dose in 2,268 kindergartners and elementary school-aged kids. The FDA required what is called an immune “bridging” study: evidence that the younger children developed antibody levels already proven to be protective in teens and adults. That’s what Pfizer reported Monday in a press release, not a scientific publication. The study still is ongoing, and there haven’t yet been enough COVID-19 cases to compare rates between the vaccinated and those given a placebo — something that might offer additional evidence.
The study isn’t large enough to detect any extremely rare side effects, such as the heart inflammation that sometimes occurs after the second dose, mostly in young men. The FDA’s Marks said the pediatric studies should be large enough to rule out any higher risk to young children. Pfizer’s Gruber said once the vaccine is authorized for younger children, they’ll be carefully monitored for rare risks just like everyone else.
A second U.S. vaccine maker, Moderna, also is studying its shots in elementary school-aged children. Pfizer and Moderna are studying even younger tots as well, down to 6-month-olds. Results are expected later in the year.___AP journalist Emma Tobin contributed to this report. headtopics.com
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Kids don’t need vaccinated in fact people under 40 who are fit and healthy don’t need vaccinated! Look at the statistics from ONS or CDCgov the same demographic at risk from influenza are the same at risk from COVID big pharma only care about 💰 not your health! They’ve said a lot of things that have not turned out to be the whole truth
Whilst they seek authorisation, can they also confirm when vaccine for infants and fetus would be ready? More money to be made Brilliant! Seeking authorization from Satan, then let’s start jabbing away. 😂 They are gonna have to rebrand and make a chocolate version of the vaccine if they are gonna market to kids.
Absolutely unnecessary to rush this through the approval process. Let the standard safety protocols do their job and once the full approval process is complete, let people make an informed decision. Greed has no limits Thank goodness ♥️🎉 Yuck. People applaud this? What is authorised will become mandatory. Last count 500 of the 650k deaths were =17. People chomping at the bit to get their kids vaxxed are totally being driven by the fear mongering. Btw, the UK vax board is recommending NOT vaxxing =15 yr olds
Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine safe, effective for kids ages 5 to 11Pfizer and BioNTech released data saying its vaccine is safe and effective for kids 5-11. No it is not safe for kids stop the fake news lies they their going to have myocarditis and that's not good for them just like teens so stop the lies and watch project Veritas new video tonight of these vaccines you will be surprised by them Thank goodness! A light at the end of the tunnel. Are you kidding?they are not even safe for adults...
Dont vax your kids! Vax for adults is one thing Sooner the better. IMO they shouldn't have started in-person school until this was available. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Great, now get their parents on board. It is such a struggle to get folks to look at the science and not the politics. DanWhitCongress Timing.............. People are so stupid.
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Sinterklaas Kids in these age don't run any risk , why ? FDA_Track Here's coming the time to say NO and defend ourself by any means necessary. I'm tellin y'all need to get vaccinated now! It's safe it easy and it works. Don't be a pussy! Get da shot yo! GetVaccinated
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Nope! Don’t think so Hell no!! Pfizer also recommended 3rd shot booster for the General Public 16 years and over yet, that was voted down by the FDA Committee and did not pass. That's nice. My kid certainly isn't going to be taking an experimental mRNA vaccine. Lower the Age make more Cash. Said the salesman from Pfizer. As the great wc fields once bellowed, “it even cures hoarseness”
BriReports And they can prepare for a civil war I’d imagine so given that the science behind this vaccine isn’t cutting edge stuff Today would be good. Wonderful news!
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U.S. and EU struggle with the same question: How to maximize COVID-19 vaccinationsDespite apparently divergent strategies, officials in both the U.S. and the EU are struggling with the same question: how to boost vaccination rates to the max and end a pandemic that has repeatedly thwarted efforts to control it. If you subscribe to LAT and are not from Northern California or Bakersfield, then LAT thinks you’re not a real American So why pay money to a newspaper who thinks you’re garbage? It’s time to return to regular life. You can’t help those that won’t help themselves. Never happen !! Even if you vaccinated you can get it! So you need to put back masks mandate everywhere to lower the risk of infection and have everyone vaccinated at the same time to lower mortality That’s how u do it ! Mistake was thinking that once vaccinated , you immune !
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Covid-19 cases forcing hospitals to ration care is unfair and unacceptable, expert saysWith the spread of the Delta variant and lagging vaccination rates, Covid-19 cases have strained many hospitals across the US -- which one expert called unfair and unacceptable. CNN is the enemy of the people! If you say you don’t want to wear a mask or get the vaccine and you get Covid then you should be the last to be given an available hospital bed. If there are enough beds fine, but if they start to run out then prioritize non Covid cases where the patient is vaccinated. Maybe they should stop firing employees over mandates.