Thursday, September 23, 2021

CDC director: Agencies working urgently on COVID-19 vaccine for young children

Rochelle Valensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said the federal health agency is rapidly working on a COVID-19 vaccine for young children between the ages of 5 and 11.

“We’re waiting for companies to submit data to the FDA, we’re anticipating that in the fall,” she told the “Today Show” on Monday. “We’ll look at that data from the FDA to the CDC, which we all feel like getting our kids vaccinated and we’re looking forward to the end of the year,” he said.

His remarks contrast with health advisory panels in several other countries, including the United Kingdom, that have not recommended COVID-19 shots for children aged 5 to 11. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency authorization to vaccinate children 12 to 17 years old.

Last week, FDA officials, including Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock and the head of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Peter Marks, said in a statement that the agency would carefully look at young children’s data once it becomes available.

Officials said the FDA is then “ready to complete its review as quickly as possible, possibly in a matter of weeks rather than months,” adding that “the agency’s ability to rapidly review these submissions depends on quality and timeliness.” Will depend on the submissions by the producers.”

Should the CDC submit a recommendation for young children to get vaccinated, it is likely that some school districts will make it mandatory for them to attend individual classes. Already, the Los Angeles Unified School District voted last week to make vaccines mandatory for children ages 12 and older to attend classes on campus.

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But in other countries, some officials have said the risk of children becoming seriously ill, hospitalized or dying from COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus, is extremely low.

The UK’s Joint Committee on Immunization and Immunization (JCVI) said earlier in September that it would take a “precautionary approach”, adding that it “considers the potential harm and benefits of vaccination very minutely, given the very low risk”. are balanced.”

In June, scientists from University College London as well as the universities of York, Bristol and Liverpool found that the majority of children who died of COVID-19 had underlying health problems. Overall, the COVID-19 mortality rate among children is 2 deaths per 1 million children in England, they found.

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“We hope this data will be reassuring for children and young people and their families,” Dr Elizabeth Whitaker from the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health and Imperial College London told the BBC. She said that even after the Delta version emerged, it did not affect child mortality.

Jack Phillips

senior reporter

Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times in New York City.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

CDC director: Agencies working urgently on COVID-19 vaccine for young children
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