As soon as the Federal Vaccine Advisory Committee issues recommendations for the use of a two-dose vaccine for children between 12 and 15 years, it is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.
Dr., a pediatrician of the Associated Press. Bill Gruber said, “This is a watershed moment in our ability to fight the COVID-19 epidemic.”
The Food and Drug Administration declared that the Pfizer vaccine is safe and provides strong protection for young teenagers, based on a trial of more than 2,000 American volunteers, ages 12 to 15. The study found that there were no cases of COVID-19 among fully immunized adolescents compared to 18 among children. Gave dummy shots. More intriguing, researchers found that children developed higher levels of virus-fighting antibodies than measured studies in young adults.
Vaccine supplements were available to young adolescents in the same way as adults, and also had side effects, mostly due to a sore throat and flu-like fever, chills, or pain indicating a revived-up immune system, especially others After the dose.
Pfizer’s test in teens “meets our rigorous standards,” FDA vaccine chief Dr. Peter Marks said. “Having an authorized vaccine for the young population is an important step to reduce the immense public health burden caused by the COVID-19 epidemic.”
Pfizer and its German partner BioNotech recently requested a similar authorization in the European Union, which other countries followed.
The latest news is for American families struggling to decide whether activities are safe to resume when only the youngest family members remain.
“I can’t feel completely comfortable because my boys haven’t been vaccinated,” said Carrie Vitittetto, a substitute teacher and freelance writer in Louisville, Kentucky, who was fully vaccinated as her husband and 17-year-old daughter Has gone.”
The FDA’s decision means that his 13-year-old son may soon be eligible, leaving only his 11-year-old son, who will be uneducated. The family has not yet started going to church, and the summer vacation will be a road trip, so that they do not have to board a plane.
“We can’t really go back to normal because two-fifths of our family doesn’t have security,” Vittito said.
Pfizer is not the only company seeking to lower the age limit for its vaccines. Modern has recently shown the initial results of its study to children between 12 and 17 years of strong protection and no serious side effects. Another US company, Novavax, has a COVID-19 vaccine in late-stage development and has just started a study in 12- to 17-year-olds as well.
The next test is whether the vaccine works for young children as well. Both Pfizer and Modern have started studying in the US for children from 6 months to 11 years. Those studies suggest whether infants, preschool and primary age children will require different doses than adolescents and adults. Gruber said that Pfizer expects its first results in some time.
Outside the US, AstraZeneca is studying her vaccine in the UK for 6- to 17-year-olds. And in China, Synovac recently announced that it has presented preliminary data to Chinese regulators, showing that its vaccine is safe in children as young as 3 years old.
It does not count the toll of family members getting sick or dying – or disengagement for school, sports and other activities is very important to the overall well-being of children.
AAP welcomed FDA’s decision.
The President of AAP, Dr. Lee Savio said, “Our youngest generations have incurred a heavy burden over the past year, and the vaccine is a hopeful sign that they will be able to experience all the activities that are important to their health and development.” ” Beer in a statement.
Experts say that if the country has to vaccinate 70% to 85% of the population, then the children must get shots, which is called hernial immunity.
Meanwhile, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that unvaccinated people, including children, should also wear masks and keep distance from other unskilled people outside the home.
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