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Fauci says vaccines for kids between 5-11 likely available in November

CoronavirusOct 24, 2021 05:55PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 20, 202

By Humeyra Pamuk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vaccines for kids between the ages of 5 and 11 will likely be available in the first half of November, top U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Sunday, predicting a timetable that could see many kids getting fully vaccinated before the end of the year.

"If all goes well, and we get the regulatory approval and the recommendation from the CDC, it's entirely possible if not very likely that vaccines will be available for children from 5 to 11 within the first week or two of November," Fauci said in an interview with ABC's This Week.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials are reviewing the Pfizer/BioNTech application seeking authorization of its 2-dose vaccine for younger children, with its panel of outside advisers scheduled to weigh in on Oct. 26.

The FDA typically follows the advice of its panel but is not required to do so.

Advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will weigh in on recommendations for the vaccine at a meeting on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, helping to inform a final decision by its director.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, speaking at Fox News Sunday, also said the agency wanted to act swiftly.

"After they (FDA) are able to review all the science and conduct the regulatory action and the CDC will meet, and if all of that goes smoothly ... we will act quickly," she said.

"We know how many parents are interested in getting their children between 5 and 11 vaccinated and we intend to act as quickly as we can," she added.

Once authorized, roughly 28 million more children in the United States would be eligible to receive what would be the first U.S. COVID-19 vaccine for younger kids. The Pfizer/BioNTech shot is already available to those ages 12-17, and the companies are still studying it for children younger than 5.

While children have a lower rate of death from COVID-19, many face illness and long-term symptoms that are still being studied. Many adults who have been hesitant or opposed to the COVID-19 vaccine, and even some who did not oppose the vaccine for themselves, are expected to resist giving the shot to their children.

Asked if schools should mandate a vaccine for kids, Walensky said: "Right now we are at authorization. We're having discussions about authorization. I think we need to get children vaccinated through this authorization and get to approval before we can make a judgment there."

Fauci says vaccines for kids between 5-11 likely available in November
 

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Nordin Mohamad
Nordin Mohamad Oct 25, 2021 1:43PM ET
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t thought fauci has been fired by usa but still very much alive ....may be biden love this guy very much after all the global cv19 suffering initiated by him
Ferdinando Riboni
Ferdinando Riboni Oct 24, 2021 10:03PM ET
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American men and Women would sacrifice children because Biden tells them too..Biden is the God of these fools
Matt Brackley
Matt Brackley Oct 24, 2021 9:36PM ET
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so kids will have to get Vax to go to brainwashing camp...makes sense
Jose Maderno
Jose Maderno Oct 24, 2021 7:18PM ET
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Funds the ********of dogs, the creation of human tranmissible virus, has financial interest in the vaccines, and he throws a baseball a lot worse than a toddler.  Human waste product. The perfect government employee.
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Oct 24, 2021 7:07PM ET
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Nothing will happen to him. He'll be on cnn and msnbc tomorrow
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John Nguyen Oct 24, 2021 7:07PM ET
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well then I think USA be come part of china country very soon. lol.. love how GOV run the country ,its absolutely free wold.
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Oct 24, 2021 7:07PM ET
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yeah, we're in big trouble here. people won't wake up until it's too late
John Nguyen
John Nguyen Oct 24, 2021 6:57PM ET
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he's lied again congress, now had proven he is a lie. I wonder what they do to him
Evan Ault
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gross
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Thank you your holiness.  Your wise words help to alleviate our fears.
 
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