Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are also testing its vaccine in adolescents and young children.
A vaccination against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from the German biotechnology company CureVac is given to a volunteer at the beginning of a series of clinical studies at a university clinic in Tübingen. .
The United States should approve Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for children 12 years and older early next week, US media reported Monday. Pfizer has applied for emergency approval for its Covid vaccine for children and adolescents aged 12 to 15 years CNNciting a government official. “The FDA needs to change the approval for emergency use of the vaccine, but the process needs to be simple.” CNN reported.
The US Food and Drug Administration is expected to give this approval early next week. Following the FDA’s decision, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Panel will meet to recommend the use of the vaccine.
An FDA spokeswoman declined to provide details of the approval plan The Washington Post: “We are working on examining this request as quickly and transparently as possible. “”
The Pfizer vaccine is currently approved in the United States for people aged 16 and over.
The US pharmaceutical company announced at the end of March that it had presented data from a clinical study with 2,260 young people between the ages of 12 and 15, which showed that the vaccine was highly effective and well tolerated. More tests on young children are underway.
Moderna is conducting trials of its vaccine in adolescents, with results expected this summer, as well as in young children.
Johnson & Johnson is also planning pediatric trials for its vaccine.
Also read: Pfizer / BioNTech seeks EU approval to vaccinate children aged 12-15
Expanding vaccine approval to adolescents could open the US mass immunization program to millions more.
National vaccination rates peaked around April 11, according to official figures, and although 55% of American adults have now received one or more doses, there is still a long way to go to achieve population immunity to Covid.
Most of the people who are most interested in the vaccine have already rolled up their sleeves and done so.
Reluctance to get vaccinated, however, remains a major obstacle: a large percentage of American adults do not plan to be vaccinated and may refuse to vaccinate their children.
According to a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 29% of Republican voters say they will never take the vaccine, compared with 5% of Democrats and 9% of Independents.
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