The week that passed, the White House announced that it would launch a plan to guarantee the vaccines against COVID-19 to children under 5 years of age and this would be little to crystallize after the meetings that will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday by the Advisory Committee for Vaccines and Related Biological Products (VRBPAC) of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ).
According to CNNthe modification of the emergency use authorization of the Moderna and Pfizer coronavirus vaccines will be discussed to include those under 5 years of age, the only age group that is not yet eligible to be inoculated, despite the fact that it represents 8 million people in the United States.
The Moderna’s vaccine it is authorized for use in adults, but on Tuesday the inclusion of children from 6 to 17 years will be discussed and on Wednesday it will be considered to extend the authorization to infants and children from 6 months to 5 years.
While, Pfizer’s vaccine It is already authorized for children over 5 years of age, but the emergency use amendment will also be discussed on Wednesday to include doses of the vaccine for infants and children 6 months to 4 years of age.
The FDA already said that the Pfizer’s vaccine is safe and effective for children under five years of age, prior to the aforementioned meeting, according to AFP.
CNN notes that the vaccines cannot be given until advisers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have voted on whether to recommend them and CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has approved the recommendation.
In a call with the press, a White House official indicated that if the FDA authorizes and the CDC recommends these doses for this age group, it would be a “historic milestone” in the US fight against the virus.
Pending the review process, the White House plan is ready to be launched as soon as June 20, the aforementioned official told the EFE agency.
The source said that the White House will work with a wide range of pediatricians, that the vaccines will be available in 100-dose packages and will come with all the supplies that health care providers need to care for children, such as small needles.