Sumary of US FDA official hopeful 5 to11-year-old kids can get COVID-19 vaccines this year:
- The Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine chief said Friday the agency will rapidly evaluate COVID-19 vaccinations for younger children as soon as it gets the needed data — and won’t cut corners.
- In the US, anyone 12 and older is eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.
- But with schools reopening and the delta variant causing more infections among kids, many parents are anxiously wondering when younger children can get the shots.
- Pfizer’s German partner BioNTech told weekly Der Spiegel Friday that it was on track “in the coming weeks” to seek approval of the companies’ COVID-19 vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds.
- Moderna, which makes a second US vaccine, told investors this week to expect its data on that age group by year’s end.
- Both companies also are testing their vaccines down to age 6 months, but those results will come later.
- FDA’s Marks spoke with the AP Friday about the steps involved in clearing pediatric vaccines.
- Q: Many parents had hoped for vaccines for children under 12 by the time schools reopened.