On Wednesday, the White House outlined its plans to distribute Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses to 5-to-11-years-olds as early as it is granted OK by the American drug regulators. The Joe Biden administration stated it has procured enough jab to vaccinate all 28M kids ages 5-to-11 in America and would distribute it in lower dosage and with smaller needles to make it easier for baby doctors and pharmacists to administer to targets.
Jeff Zients, White House Coronavirus Coordinator, said during a virtual briefing with the media that the Biden government has been working with local and state authorities for the recent weeks to make sure that immunizations for young children are safe and protective and immediately available.
In anticipation of upcoming FDA and CDC independent advisory committee meetings, @POTUS announced his plan to ensure that if a vaccine is authorized for children ages 5-11, it is quickly and equitably distributed to families across the country.https://t.co/Fi9icrXOwh
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) October 20, 2021
Moreover, Zients said that they’d worked with the American multinational pharmaceutical firm Pfizer to make packaging easier for family doctors and baby doctors to provide jabs to children, including providing smaller needles. He said the Executive Mansion had enrolled over twenty-five thousand family doctors, pharmacies, children’s hospitals, and rural well-being centers to assist distribute jabs.
Dr. Vivek Murthy, the Surgeon General of the US, said that they want trusted doctors and other health professionals to speak regarding the efficacy and safety of the inoculations if and when they’re authorized, in an effort to intercept any misinformation or politics that might make children parents hesitant to get their beloved children inoculated. Mr. Zients conceded it’s likely the jab couldn’t be authorized for children but stated they want the system in place.
Furthermore, Jeff Zients said COVID-19 jabs remain the most productive way out of the deadly pandemic. He also noted that 193M eligible US nationals are fully protected against the fatal disease as of Wednesday, over 66% eligible people, ages 12 and up. He said that if the COVID jab is authorized for younger children, it will make additional 28M people vaccine-eligible.
The administration is impatiently desirous of federal drug regulators’ review, Dr. Murthy told the media, and has several reasons to be optimistic about the jab’s effectiveness and safety. However, Murthy also said that they need everyone on board for the work ahead of them, because every parent should have the knowledge and tools that they need to support keeping their children safe and help protect the kids under-5-year-olds who couldn’t get immunized yet.
The United States FDA’s independent advisory panel is scheduled to meet on 26th October to consider emergency-use-authorization of the jab on children, followed by the US CDC’s independent advisory panel meeting in the first week of November.
Additionally, mentioning the latest data published in the JAMA Pediatrics, Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Chief Medical Advisor, told the media on Wednesday that in the era of more virulent Delta, children get infected as readily as the elders do, and they transmit the infection alike. However, they might not appreciate that because nearly half of the cases in children are asymptomatic.