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FDA vaccine advisers vote to recommend Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for children 5 to 11

A vial of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.
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A vial of Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.

By Maggie Fox, CNN

Vaccine advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration voted 17-0 with one abstention Tuesday to recommend Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine in children 5 to 11.

Members of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee agreed that the benefits of vaccinating younger children appeared to outweigh the risks, but some members appeared troubled about voting to vaccinate a large population of younger children based on studies of a few thousand.

“It is reassuring to me that we are giving a lower dose,” said Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccine expert at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Pfizer has cut its vaccine to one-third of the adult dose for the children under 12.

“I am just worried that if we say yes, then the states are going to mandate administration of this vaccine for children to go to school and I do not agree with that,” said Dr. Cody Meissner, a professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. “I think that would be an error at this time.”

But Dr. Amanda Cohn of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reminded the committee that children have died of Covid-19. According to CDC, more than 700 children 18 and under have died of Covid-19. “We don’t want children dying of Covid,” she said. “And we don’t want children in the ICU.”

The FDA had said that, under most of the scenarios it projected, the benefits of vaccinating younger children would outweigh any risks and Pfizer said clinical trials showed the vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing symptomatic infection in children.

The FDA will now take the committee’s vote under consideration. Then vaccine advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will meet next week, November 2-3, to discuss the decision and decide whether to recommend that US kids get the vaccine. The final word will lie with CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, and vaccination could begin next week of she gives the go-ahead.

The US federal government has a plan in place for delivering the smaller-sized vaccines to pediatricians’ offices, pharmacies and other venues across the country.

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  1. These children are under little to no risk from the virus. They ARE under considerable risk from a vaccine with the worst adverse event record ever for a vaccine allowed to remain available. Child abuse or child sacrifice to the COVID/Pharma Gods?

    1. You can say this all you like Ms.Dog but it is still a big fat lie. These vaccines are very safe and very effective , kids benefit from these vaccines as does society , please vaccinate you children

      1. So where’s the long term safety tests that confirm these vaccines are “safe”? Oh, that’s right, there are none. How are children who quite often don’t even show symptoms, and VERY rarely show severe symptoms, supposed to benefit from them? Oh, they don’t.

        1. So again misinformation from you … children can and do get sick in a variety of ways from COVID . There is also a growing body of data showing issues with “longCovid” syndrome of various types including but not limited to neuro cognitive issues which may effect children WORSE than adults . All of the safety signals we have seen in mRNA Vaccines (Pfizer&Moderna) are seen at much higher rates in people(including children) who get COVID infections.

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