The United States Government announced on Wednesday its plan to distribute vaccines against COVID-19 to the children between 5 and 11 years as soon as the competent authorities authorize it.
The goal of the US Government is that the immunization of minors is more efficient than that of adults, whose beginning ten months ago was marked by the shortage of doses that made many have to wait to be vaccinated.
In this regard, the White House explained in a statement that it has already secured sufficient doses for the 28 million children between 5 and 11 years old who will be able to receive them.
The announcement of the plan comes just days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) make a decision on the supply of the vaccine from the Pfizer-BioNTech consortium to minors.
Specifically, an FDA advisory committee is scheduled to meet on October 26 to examine the serum and the CDC has met for November 2 and 3.
As soon as authorization is given, pharmacies and schools across the country will immediately receive the doses of Pfizer-BioNTech for minors, which are made up of one-third of the serum of adults.
Specifically, the White House announced that 25 thousand pediatricians and family doctors are already prepared to administer the doses, which is in addition to tens of thousands of pharmacies, hospitals and clinics that have already been vaccinating adults and plan to continue doing so with children. . Hundreds of schools and social centers will also receive funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to immunize minors.
In May, the US and Canada were the first countries to approve the Pfizer injection for teens 12 and older.
That same month, the European Medicines Agency gave it its approval for minors between 12 and 15 years old, although then each country of the European Union (EU) has been advancing at a different pace.
China allows vaccination with the serum of Sinovac from the age of three, and Chile it is authorized from the six years old.