President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that children under the age of 12 may be eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine in the near future and predicts that the government may give the green light to the promotion of young Americans in the coming months.
“Soon, I believe,” Biden said that when CNN’s Don Lemon asked him when most children under 12 could get the Covid-19 vaccine.
“Soon, in the sense that I do not tell any scientists what they should do. I do not interfere. So, they are doing the examinations now, the testing now, and making the decision now,” he said, adding that scientists will make a decision “when they are ready” and have “done all the science that needs to be done” to determine the appropriate vaccination for different age groups.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday that it is “very likely” to provide Covid-19 vaccine data for children under 12 in early winter.
“Very likely when you do the age de-escalation study — so we’ve gone from 12 to nine, nine to six, six to two and then six months to two years — likely by late fall, early winter, we’ll have enough data. But that doesn’t mean that then it’s all of a sudden going to be allowed to happen. That will be a regulatory decision that the FDA will have to make.” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at a Senate hearing.
Biden also stated that he expects that the Covid-19 vaccine currently approved under emergency use authorization will “quickly” obtain full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
“The expectation — they’re not promising me any specific date — but my expectation talking to the group of scientists we put together … is that sometimes, maybe in the beginning of the school year, at the end of August, beginning of September, October, they’ll get a final approval saying the (US Food and Drug Administration) said, ‘No, this is it. It’s good.'”
Biden emphasized that he will not “tell any scientist what to do” and also said that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may issue a guideline stating that “everyone under the age of 12 should probably be wearing a mask in school.”
Currently, none of the three Covid-19 vaccines used in the United States are suitable for children under 12 years of age. Since many schools in the United States are only a few weeks away from the start of the fall semester, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are still conducting clinical trials to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine in children under 12 years of age.
Data for children aged 5 to 11 years may arrive sometime in September. Based on the results of the investigation, the company told CNN that it may ask the FDA to authorize emergency use of the vaccine later that month.
Data for children aged 2 to 5 years may be available shortly thereafter. For young children, Pfizer said it may obtain data in October or November and will require the FDA to authorize emergency use shortly thereafter.