Covid Vaccine for Children, Ready for Distribution in the United States



In anticipation of being given the green light by vaccine experts, the administration of President Joe Biden is preparing and shipping millions of COVID-19 vaccines for children ages five to 11, the White House reported Monday. The first doses could be applied in the middle of the week.

“We’re not waiting when it comes to operations and logistics,” said Jeff Zients, coordinator of the White House response to COVID-19.

By vaccinating children, the United States hopes to avoid another wave of coronavirus during cold weather months., when people spend more time indoors and respiratory diseases can spread more easily. Cases have been declining for weeks, but the virus has proven its ability to recur repeatedly, and the most contagious mutations are a persistent threat.

A special advisory group from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will meet Tuesday to study detailed recommendations about giving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to older children. little ones. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already authorized the injections, which give about a third of the vaccine that is given to adults.

After CDC advisers make their recommendations, the agency’s director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, will give final clearance.

Zients said that the government has enough of the Pfizer vaccine for all 28 million children in the five to 11 age group. “We are very good on the supply side,” he said during the coronavirus briefing at the White House.

The childhood vaccination campaign is expected to begin later this week and be in full swing next week.

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