CHICAGO (CBS) —Next month.
That’s how quickly there may have a COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11. On Monday, Pfizer stated a decrease dose of its vaccine is protected for that age group. CBS 2’s Chris Tye with a detailed take a look at the outcomes, thousands and thousands of oldsters have been ready to listen to.
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“I think it’s just been a really wonderful privilege really to contribute in this way.”
Dr. Richard Chung is an adolescent drugs specialist at Duke Health in Durham, North Carolina. Chung’s youngest son, eight-year-old Joshua, took half in Pfizer’s now accomplished trials for kids ages 5 to eleven years previous.
“I think that everybody should get vaccinated so that things can return back to normal,” stated Joshua.
Pfizer introduced Monday the trials Joshua took half in confirmed the vaccine was “safe,” “well tolerated,” and resulted in “robust neutralizing antibody responses.” Those constructive outcomes imply Pfizer will now ship this knowledge to regulatory companies around the globe, together with the FDA and European Medicines Agency, for approval.
“If the FDA looks at this data and feels confident that it demonstrates this vaccine is safe and effective for children five to 11, you could have a vaccine within a month to six weeks.”
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Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb is a member of Pfizer’s Board of Directors.
“Pfizer tested multiple doses to find the optimal dose that had the best compromise between reducing the number of vaccine related side effects while still providing efficacy that is on par with what we saw in 16-25 year olds,” Gottlieb stated.
The vaccine has already been accepted by the FDA to be used in youngsters 12 and up. Dr. Chung’s older son Caleb took half in these trials.
“I wanted to participate in the trial in order to help motivate other kids to get the vaccine,” Caleb stated.
“I’m really proud of them,” stated Dr. Chung. “And you know, seeing them kind of courageously take this step and to do so really enthusiastically has just been a remarkable experience, not just as a pediatrician, but certainly as a dad.”
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One notice: We have no idea if eight-year-old Joshua acquired a placebo or the actual vaccine. He stated his unwanted side effects weren’t extreme. It’s one other hopeful signal, Pfizer stated, the trial ends in youngsters underneath 5 could possibly be accessible by the tip of the year.