US authorizes Covid vaccines for babies from 6 months of age

Las vacunas para Covid autorizadas son de  Pfizer-BioNTech y Moderna.

The authorized Covid vaccines are from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the emergency use of vaccines against Covid-19 for children from six months of age.

In a statement, the FDA indicated that the approved vaccines are Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech.
Until now, Moderna’s was approved only for adults over 17 years of age (that is, 18 years of age or older), while Pfizer-BioNTech’s was approved for children and adults over 5 years of age.

A committee of independent FDA experts voted unanimously in favor of recommending the approval of vaccines for children under 5 years of age considering that the potential benefits significantly outweighed the possible risks.

Despite FDA approval, vaccines will not be widely available for the little ones in pharmacies and hospitals until the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) give their approval, something that could happen this week.

In recent days, the United States Government It has already announced that it has 10 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine prepared for children under 5 years of age who want to be vaccinated, pending approval for its use in this age group.

At a press conference to detail the White House’s vaccination plan, the team responsible for the government’s response to the pandemic said that They have already made these doses available to paediatricians, hospitals and clinics, and that the little ones could start to be vaccinated as of Tuesday, June 21.

Millions more doses will be made available to our partners in the coming weeks“, assured the assistant secretary of Preparedness and Response of the Department of Health and Human Services of the USA, Dawn O’Connell.

In addition, the Government will launch a campaign to information for parents with the hope of increasing the number of vaccinations among minors. So far, only 35% of children between 5 and 11 years of age, the last group to be authorized to receive the Covid vaccine, have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Government experts expect the trend to be these numbers are increasing over time as vaccinations are shown to be safe and life-saving.

According to the latest data, more than 83% of the US population over the age of five has received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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