Fauci Says Vaccines For Kids Between 5-11 Likely Available In November

US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci on Sunday announced that vaccines for kids between the age groups of 5 to 11 are likely to be available in the first half of November,

US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci on Sunday announced that vaccines for kids between the age groups of 5 to 11 are likely to be available in the first half of November, he said this predicting a timetable that could see many kids getting fully vaccinated before the end of the year.

In an interview with ABC’s This Week, Fauci said, “If all goes well, and we get the regulatory approval and the recommendation from the CDC, it’s entirely possible if not very likely that vaccines will be available for children from 5 to 11 within the first week or two of November.”

The officials of US Food and Drug Administration are studying the Pfizer/BioNTech application seeking approval of its second vaccine dose for children who are younger, along with its panel of outside advisers arranged to weigh in on Oct. 26.

The FDA classically follows the advice of its panel but is not required to do so. Advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will consider the recommendations for the vaccine at a meeting on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, helping to inform a final decision by its director.

The agency wanted to act swiftly said, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, speaking at Fox News Sunday.

“After they (FDA) are able to review all the science and conduct the regulatory action and the CDC will meet, and if all of that goes smoothly … we will act quickly,” she said.

“We know how many parents are interested in getting their children between 5 and 11 vaccinated and we intend to act as quickly as we can,” she added.

Around 28 million more children in the United States would be entitled to get what would be the first US coronavirus vaccine for younger kids once it is authorized. The Pfizer/BioNTech shot is already available to those ages 12-17, and the companies are still studying it for children younger than 5.

Many face diseases and long-term symptoms that are still being analyzed, while children have a lower rate of death from coronavirus.  Though many adults have been uncertain or opposed to the Covid-19 vaccine, and even some who did not oppose the vaccine for themselves, are expected to resist giving the shot to their children.

Asked if schools should mandate a vaccine for kids, Walensky said: “Right now we are at authorization. We’re having discussions about authorization. I think we need to get children vaccinated through this authorization and get to approval before we can make a judgment there.”

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