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FDA authorizes Pfizer shot for young kids

FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 age group. CDC will discuss further clinical recommendation.

Where: United States

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The US Food and Drug Administration(FDA) authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to prevent COVID-19 in children 5-11 years of age.

The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is expected to meet next week to discuss further clinical recommendations.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 is a lower dose (10 micrograms) than that used for individuals aged 12 years and older.

Lee Savio Beers, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, stated, “The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraged that the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 after reviewing scientific data validating its safety and effectiveness.”

Only a few other countries, including China, have cleared the Covid-19 vaccine for children of this age group and younger.

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