US to authorize Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and up: report

The Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for 16 and older people in the United States.

Washington, United States:

US media reported on Monday that the United States hoped to authorize the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children 12 weeks and older.

Pfizer has applied for the Emergency Use Authority for its Kovid vaccine for children and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15, according to CNN, citing a government official.

“The FDA will have to amend the Emergency Use Authority for the vaccine, but the process should be straightforward,” CNN reported.

The US Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve it by early next week. Following the FDA decision, the Advisory Committee on Disease Control and Prevention will meet with the Center to recommend how the vaccine should be used.

A spokesman for the FDA told The Washington Post that it declined to provide details on the timing of the approval: “We are working to review this request as quickly and transparently as possible.”

The Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for 16 and older people in the United States.

The US pharmaceutical giant said in late March it submitted data from clinical trials of 2,260 12- to 15-year-olds that showed the vaccine was highly effective and well tolerated.

Further testing on young children continues.

Modernism is testing its vaccines in adolescence, with results expected in the summer as well as in young children.

Johnson & Johnson is also planning pediatric tests for its vaccines.

Expanding the vaccine authority to include adolescents could open the American mass vaccination program to millions more.

According to official data, the national vaccination rate peaked around April 11, and although 55 percent of US adults now have one or more doses, there is still a long way to go to regain population immunity against Kovid.

The people most eager to get their shots are, for the most part, already up their sleeves and doing so.

But vaccine hesitation remains a major obstacle: a large percentage of American adults do not plan to take shots and may possibly refuse to vaccinate their children.

According to a recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, among Republican voters, 29 percent say they will never take the vaccine, compared to five percent of Democrats and nine percent of independents.

(This story is not edited by NDTV staff and auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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