Pfizer submits request for vaccines for kids

A vaccine advisory group is scheduled to review the application October 26.

At long last, a COVID-19 vaccine for children may be on its way.

Pfizer-BioNTech on Thursday submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to get its vaccine approved for emergency use in children ages 5 to 11. The vaccine is already approved for people 12 and up.

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According to its filing, vaccine dosages must be smaller than they are for older folks. But they seem to work well at preventing COVID-19 and have the same range of short-term side effects as they do in adults.

An advisory panel at the FDA is scheduled to consider the drug-makers’ application on October 26. Once approved, vaccine providers are ready to begin inoculating children.

The two companies are also in the process of testing their vaccine on children 2 to 5 years old and 6 months to 2 years old. The results of those trials are expected later this year.


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