05 May FDA Expected to Approve Pfizer’s Vaccine for Young Adults
According to a federal official, the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for young adults by next week. The company has recently found out that the vaccine jabs, which were already approved for 16 and above, are also effective for young adults between the age group 12-15. Around 300 million doses are expected to reach America by the end of July, which is enough to administer 150 million people.
The federal official also said that FDA might announce results sooner than expected. While confirming the timeline for the decision, a person familiar with the process said that FDA would approve Pfizer for the younger generation near this fall, right before new school sessions are expected to start.
According to the reports, a federal vaccine advisory community will discuss and approve whether Pfizer’s COVID-19 jabs are safe for young adults or not.
After getting approval from the administration, vaccination will begin after the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention adopts the FDA’s recommendation, which could take about a couple of days.
In late March, the company announced preliminary results from a vaccine study of volunteers from 12-15 years. The results clearly stated that no COVID-19 cases were found among the volunteers.
However, like any other adult, vaccinating kids will also induce the same side effects like fatigue, pain, fever and chills, especially after the second shot.
Along with Pfizer, Moderna’s vaccine studies for the younger generation have already started and results will be announced later this year.
About 131 million doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine have already been administered in the US. Several studies show that with more and more people getting vaccinated, the demand for vaccines in adults had drastically declined.
Although the chances of severe side effects in children from 12-15 are relatively less, they have been accounted for most of the majority of COVID cases in America, given that most adults are already partially vaccinated.
SOURCE- Fox News