The pandemic has not been kind to parents, but this morning there was a sliver of good news as Pfizer and BioNTech announced today that children ages five to 11 could receive the two companies’ Covid-19 vaccination by Halloween.
The two companies plan to apply to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by the end of the month for authorization to use the vaccine for children in this age group. If the regulatory process proceeds as it has for older age groups, then authorization for use would be expected by the end of October.
Translation? The companies announced the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine (commonly referred to as just the Pfizer vaccine) has been shown to be safe and effective in young children aged 5 to 11 years old. This data must now be reviewed by the FDA before children can be inoculated, but experts are hopeful that the approval process will go smoothly and that millions of children will be eligible to receive the vaccine very soon.
Earlier this month, FDA chief Dr Peter Marks, told the Associated Press that he was “very, very hopeful” that vaccinations for 5- to 11-year-olds will be underway by the end of the year. He added that once Pfizer turned over results, his agency would evaluate the data “hopefully in a matter of weeks.”