Vaccines For Those Under 12 Could Come Before End Of Year, Says CDC Head


New coronavirus cases among children recently hit a record high, but a vaccine for those under the age of 12 could be available by the end of the year, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

“We want to move quickly, we anticipate moving quickly, but we also want to have the efficacy data and the safety data that the [Food and Drug Administration] will require ... to make sure that it is the right thing for kids,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in an interview with NBC’s “Today.”

A similar timeline for those ages 5 to 11 has been suggested by Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U. S. surgeon general and the FDA’s vaccine chief. The FDA’s former head, who now serves on Pfizer’s board of directors, also said Sunday that Pfizer’s vaccine could be approved for children by the end of October.

As Walensky said Monday, vaccine makers must first submit their data to the FDA for emergency use authorization. It will then likely take a few weeks, but not months, for the FDA to determine whether the shots are safe for children, the agency’s vaccine chief, Dr. Peter Marks, told The Associated Press on Friday.

Pfizer has said it expects to turn over its vaccine study results by the end of September, while fellow vaccine maker Moderna has told investors that it expects to submit its data by the end of the year.

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