According to a media report, due to the increase in cases of the Delta variant in the United States of America, children under the age of 12 will begin to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at the end of next month.
The New York Times, in a report, quoted two health experts as saying that COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 will be available by the end of October, providing relief to parents of younger children since most vaccines can only be given to children 12 years of age and older.
An NYT report quoted Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration and currently on the board of Pfizer, saying that a careful and rapid review of clinical data is required to give the green light to the total vaccination of children.
Gottlieb started on a CBS show (“Face the Nation”) that the Pfizer vaccine could be ready by October 31 for younger children in the best-case scenario. “I have confidence in Pfizer in terms of the data they have collected,” Gottlieb said.
Texas Children’s Hospital Acting Pediatrician-in-Chief James Versalovic said he agreed with Gottlieb that the vaccine for younger children could get approval in October. “We are doing everything we can now to move these trials forward,” he was quoted as saying in the NYT report.
As the hospitalization of children increases due to the rise of the highly communicable Delta variant, Versalovic said he and his colleagues are experiencing “record numbers” of infected children. “We are still on a high plateau,” and we can still hit “another peak,” he said.
The report noted that both Pfizer and Modern continue to collect data on the safety, correct dosage, and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in children. Parents should stay tuned for government news and announcements to ensure their children’s vaccinations as soon as possible.
The New York Times report said: “Compared to adults, children diagnosed with COVID are more likely to have mild or no symptoms. Children are also much less likely to develop a serious illness, be hospitalized, or die from it. the illness.”
The United States is the country most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the world. The country has registered a total number of 40,955,201 infected cases and 659,970 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University coronavirus data.