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FDA nod to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children aged 5-11

Vaccine vial. Stock photo: By Ali Raza/Pixabay

Washington, Oct 30 (MNN) The US Food and Drug Administration has authoried the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include children aged 5 through 11.

The authorisation is based on the FDA’s thorough and transparent evaluation of the data that included input from independent advisory committee experts who overwhelmingly voted in favour of making the vaccine available to children in this age group, the US body said on Saturday.

The FDA said that on effectiveness, the immune responses of children in the said age group were comparable to those of individuals aged 16 through 25. In that study, the vaccine was 90.7 per cent effective in preventing COVID-19 in children 5 through 11.

On safety aspect, the vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children aged 5 through 11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices will meet next week to discuss further clinical recommendations.

“As a mother and a physician, I know that parents, caregivers, school staff, and children have been waiting for today’s authorization. Vaccinating younger children against COVID-19 will bring us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock.

“Our comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of the data pertaining to the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness should help assure parents and guardians that this vaccine meets our high standards.”

In the US, COVID-19 cases in children 5 through 11 years of age make up 39 per cent of cases in individuals younger than 18.

According to the CDC, approximately 8,300 COVID-19 cases in children 5 through 11 years of age resulted in hospitalisation.

As of October 17, 691 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in the US in individuals less than 18, with 146 deaths in the 5 through 11 years age group.

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