United States: Expert Committee recommends Pfizer’s Covid Vaccine for 5-11 Year Olds

A committee of American experts spoke out on Tuesday in favor of the authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11

A committee of American experts spoke out on Tuesday in favor of immunizing 5-11 year olds with the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech, presaging a very imminent authorization of the remedy for some 28 million people. children in the United States.

The advice of this committee is only advisory, but it is rare that it is not followed by the United States Medicines Agency (FDA). If it does allow the vaccine for this age group, then some 28 million children will be eligible in the United States.

Composed of independent scientists (immunologists, experts in infectious diseases, pediatrics, etc.), the committee reviewed the data gathered by Pfizer and the health authorities.

At the end of a day of discussions, broadcast live on the internet, its members estimated that the benefits of the vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 outweighed the risks (17 votes in favor, one abstention). Children “are far from being spared from the damage of Covid-19”, recalled Peter Marks, of the FDA, in the introduction.

To convince

Among 5 to 11 year olds, more than 1.9 million cases of Covid-19 have been recorded since the start of the pandemic in the United States, more than 8,300 hospitalizations, and a hundred deaths, he said. detailed.

When the FDA has given the green light, a committee of experts from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) will in turn meet on November 2 and 3 on the subject, and this federal agency will then publish its recommendations to destination of health professionals administering the doses.

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As with adults and adolescents, the vaccine requires two injections, three weeks apart. But it will still be necessary to convince.

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll at the end of September, about a third of parents said they would vaccinate their child as soon as possible, another third that they would wait before making a decision, and a quarter that they would not. vaccinate.

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