U.S. CDC advisers to vote on COVID-19 vaccine in 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) - The United States could statesman administering Pfizer (PFE.N) and BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 arsenic soon arsenic Wednesday aft a sheet of extracurricular experts votes connected Tuesday connected however broadly the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should urge its usage successful the property group.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted exigency use authorization of the vaccine successful the property radical connected Friday, but CDC Director Rochelle Walensky indispensable marque her recommendations earlier it tin beryllium rolled out.

While the ballot from the CDC's Advisory Committee connected Immunization Practices (ACIP) volition beryllium considered by Walensky, she disregarded their proposal past month, erstwhile she issued a broader recommendation for booster doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine than the sheet had supported.

After the FDA authorization, the U.S. authorities and Pfizer began distributing the vaccine successful mentation for a wide rollout for children, galore of whom are backmost successful schoolhouse for in-person learning.

"Over the adjacent mates of days, respective cardinal doses volition commencement arriving astatine section pediatricians and household doctors offices, pharmacies, children's hospitals, assemblage wellness centers, agrarian wellness clinics and different locations," White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said astatine a property briefing connected Monday. work much

Zients 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, Zients said the U.S. pediatric vaccine programme volition beryllium moving astatine afloat spot by adjacent week.

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.

Advisers to the FDA past week said the little dose could assistance mitigate immoderate of the uncommon broadside effects. At their meeting, they paid adjacent attraction to the complaint of a bosom inflammation called myocarditis that has been linked to the vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna (MRNA.O), chiefly successful young men.

The FDA has not yet authorized Moderna's vaccine successful teenagers arsenic it works to recognize the complaint of myocarditis linked to that vaccine. Moderna said connected Sunday it volition hold seeking authorization of its vaccine successful younger kids portion the FDA completes its reappraisal for 12- to 17-year-olds that whitethorn instrumentality until January. work much

Myocarditis concerns volition besides beryllium discussed during Tuesday's ACIP meeting.

While the complaint of terrible unwellness from COVID-19 successful children is overmuch little than successful adults, it is inactive the 8 highest slayer of children successful the property radical successful the United States this year, according to CDC data.

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.

In the United States, astir 58% of the colonisation is afloat vaccinated, lagging different nations specified arsenic the UK and France.

The stock of young children who person the shots whitethorn beryllium adjacent lower. The U.S. vaccination complaint for 12- to 15-year-olds trails different property groups astatine astir 47%, and adjacent immoderate afloat vaccinated parents whitethorn beryllium reticent to inoculate their younger kids.

U.S. states with the highest big COVID-19 vaccination rates are readying a large propulsion to get children inoculated compared to states wherever hesitancy remains strong, perchance widening the gaps successful extortion nationwide, nationalist wellness officials and experts person said. work much

Reporting by Michael Erman successful New Jersey and Manas Mishra successful Bengaluru; Editing by Bill Berkrot

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