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Pfizer vaccine could be available for ages 2 and up as early as this fall, exec says

Data from Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine trials in kids aged 2 years and older could be available as early as this fall, Pfizer’s Senior Vice President of Vaccine Clinical Research and Development Dr. William Gruber stated, probably paving the best way for use earlier than the top of 2022.

The drugmaker can be conducting scientific trials on their vaccine for infants aged 6 months and older. Gruber anticipates information from these trials will seemingly be available “late at the end of the year or beginning of 2022.”

Speaking on “CBS This Morning” only a day after the Food and Drug Administration granted Pfizer emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine in kids aged 12 to fifteen, Gruber known as the transfer a “major step” towards herd immunity within the United States. 

(*2*) he stated. “And importantly, it allows adolescents to get back to being adolescents, to be able to to engage in sporting activities, to be able to go back to school, to be able to engage in drama club or gather in groups.”

He stated it introduced “an opportunity to get back to normal life.”

Pfizer’s technique for testing the vaccine on kids entails progressively lowering the dosage from adults to teenagers to kids, to seek out what Gruber calls “that Goldilocks spot — just right, providing the right amount of protection and being well-tolerated.”

“We obviously are very attentive to being deliberate and careful, as we move down in age,” he stated.

In addition to youngsters, Americans all over the place could know whether or not they themselves will want one other Pfizer shot earlier than the top of 2021.

“I think we’ll have some information as early the end of the summer, or early fall, in time to make decisions about the potential for offering up a booster,” Gruber stated.

However, he stated Pfizer has information that signifies a fully-vaccinated particular person’s present dosage could be extremely efficient “at least up to 6 months,” and probably extra.

“It may well be the case that the vaccine provides more durable protection, and a booster might not be needed for up to a year,” he stated.

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