The White House on Wednesday outlined its plan to distribute doses of Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccines to kids ages 5 to 11 as soon as it’s authorized by U.S. drug regulators.
The Biden administration said it’s procured enough vaccine to inoculate all 28 million 5- to 11-year-olds in the U.S., and will distribute it in smaller dosing and with smaller needles to make it easier for pediatricians and pharmacists to administer it to kids.
The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are expected to authorize the shots within a few weeks. The FDA and CDC’s vaccine advisory committees are holding key meetings to review Pfizer’s data on kids Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, respectively, with decisions by agency leaders shortly thereafter.
“We know millions of parents who’ve been waiting for Covid-19 vaccine for kids in this age group and should be FDA and CDC authorized the vaccine, we will be ready to get shots in arms,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients told reporters during a press briefing.https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/20/covid-vaccine-white-house-announces-plan-to-distribute-shot-to-kids-as-soon-as-its-authorized.html