Former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb predicted Sunday on “Face the Nation” that the Biden administration could start rolling out COVID-19 vaccines for youngsters as soon as November 4, proper after panel of Centers for Disease Control panel will resolve whether or not to grant emergency use authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters ages 5-11.
Gottlieb stated the Biden administration is making the trouble to push the vaccine straight into pediatricians’ workplaces. Pfizer, which Gottlieb is on the board, is creating a small tray that carries 10 vials at a time and a storage container that’s sufficiently small for small-to-medium sized pediatrician’s office to stock the vaccine and ship it.
“It could be stored in a regular refrigerator for up to 10 weeks. It was purposely packaged that way,” Gottlieb stated. “And so, the idea is to try to get it into pediatrician’s offices because we know that getting children vaccinated is a much more consultative endeavor.”
Gottlieb stated many mother and father might not need to drag their kids right into a mass vaccination website or pharmacy and would slightly have their kids within the consolation of their very own pediatrician’s office.
Pfizer and BioNTech requested the FDA to authorize the vaccine for youngsters 5 to 11 in early October. On Friday, scientists at the FDA said that the possible advantages of giving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 5- to 11-year-olds far outweigh the potential dangers, such as coronary heart irritation.
On Tuesday, the FDA’s advisory panel will meet to review the info and proof of the vaccine’s security and effectiveness in kids, and vote on whether or not the FDA ought to authorize the use.
“If Pfizer does get the authorization on Tuesday from FDA, even before the CDC votes on this on November 2 and 3, they’ll start to ship it into the supply chain so it will be available for use once there is a hopefully positive vote from CDC, said Gottlieb. So, it could be as early as November 4 and 5 that you can go into some locations and get your child vaccinated,” he stated.
Although kids are at a decrease danger of getting a extreme consequence on account of contracting the virus, many have been hospitalized. According to the CDC, at the very least 731 kids have died from COVID-19, together with 160 deaths within the 5- to 11-year-old age vary.
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