The United States has approved the use of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11. The country’s drug regulatory authority gave its approval on Friday, local time. This paved the way for the early vaccination of 26 million children of this age in the country.
A high-level medical panel in the United States gave the green light to vaccinate children this week, the news agency AFP reported.
The panel said the benefits outweighed the risks posed by vaccinating children, and found evidence of that. Vaccines for use in children were then approved.
Before the United States, a handful of countries, including China, Chile, Cuba, and the United Arab Emirates, have approved covid vaccines for children. Several Covid vaccines are being given to children in these countries.
Janet Woodcock, acting head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a U.S. drug regulator, said in a statement: “As a mother and physician, I know many parents, school staff and children are awaiting today’s approval.”
Janet Woodcock hopes that by vaccinating young children against coronavirus, we will be closer to normal.
It was not immediately clear when the children would be vaccinated. A panel from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will meet next Tuesday to discuss further recommendations for vaccinating children, AFP says. Then the vaccination will start as soon as possible.
Pfizer and its partner Bioentech said this week that the US government had purchased another 50 million doses of the vaccine from them. The two companies said the US government was working to vaccinate children. That is why he bought these vaccines. This includes children under the age of 5.
In an experimental study of more than 2,000 children between the ages of 5 and 11 who have corona symptoms, the Pfizer-Bioentech vaccine is more than 90 percent effective. It was reported that 90.6 percent of these children have coronary antibodies.
In addition, Pfizer-Bioentech is conducting another study involving more than 3,000 children on vaccine protection. The study did not show any serious side effects in children.