Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 are expected to be available in November, says Fauci
Vaccines for children aged 5 to 11 will most likely be available in the first part of November, according to top US infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci, who predicts that many children will be fully vaccinated before the end of the year.
“If everything goes well and we gain regulatory permission and the CDC’s recommendation, immunizations for children aged 5 to 11 will be available within the first week or two of November,” Fauci said in an interview with ABC’s This Week.
Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration are considering Pfizer/application BioNTech’s for approval of a 2-dose vaccine for younger children, with a panel of independent experts expected to make a decision on Oct. 26. The FDA usually heeds the recommendations of its panel, but it is not obligated to do so.
At a meeting on November 2 and 3, advisers to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will weigh in on vaccine recommendations, helping to inform the director’s ultimate choice. In an interview with Fox News Sunday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky stated that the agency intended to move quickly.