U.S. CDC advisers recommend COVID-19 vaccine for young children

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A aesculapian idiosyncratic prepares a dose of the "Comirnaty" Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine successful a vaccination halfway successful Nantes, France, October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/Files

Nov 2 (Reuters) - Advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) connected Tuesday unanimously supported wide usage of Pfizer (PFE.N) and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine successful children ages 5 to 11, with shots perchance going into young arms arsenic soon arsenic Wednesday.

They said the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks of the vaccine. Much of their treatment stemmed from uncommon cases of bosom inflammation that person been linked to the vaccine, peculiarly young men.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky indispensable motion disconnected connected recommendations earlier the United States tin statesman administering the vaccine to children successful the property group. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted exigency use authorization of the vaccine successful 5-11 twelvemonth olds connected Friday.

The FDA authorized a 10-microgram dose of Pfizer's vaccine successful young children. The archetypal changeable fixed to those property 12 and older is 30 micrograms.

At the outset of the gathering Walensky said that pediatric hospitalizations had surged during the caller question driven by the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

The hazard from COVID-19 "is excessively precocious and excessively devastating to our children and acold higher than for galore different diseases for which we vaccinate children," she said.

Walensky said schoolhouse closures person had detrimental societal and intelligence wellness impacts connected children.

"Pediatric vaccination has the powerfulness to assistance america alteration each of that," she said.

The U.S. authorities and Pfizer person already begun distributing the vaccine successful mentation for a wide rollout for children, galore of whom are backmost successful schoolhouse for in-person learning.

Earlier this week, the White House said the United States has capable proviso of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for each 28 cardinal children aged 5 to 11. While immoderate children whitethorn beryllium capable to get their archetypal shots arsenic soon arsenic Wednesday, the plans is for the U.S. pediatric vaccine programme to beryllium moving astatine afloat spot by adjacent week, a Biden medication authoritative said.

Only a fewer different countries, including China, Cuba and the United Arab Emirates, person truthful acold cleared COVID-19 vaccines for children successful this property radical and younger.

Reporting by Michael Erman successful New Jersey, Julie Steenhuysen successful Chicago and Manas Mishra, Manojna Maddipatla successful Bengaluru; Editing by Bill Berkrot

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