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U.S. FDA says Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine effective in children aged under 5

US Materials 14 June 2022 02:19
U.S. FDA says Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine effective in children aged under 5

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Sunday that kid-sized doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine appear to be safe and effective for children aged under 5, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

The analysis by FDA scientists was posted online ahead of a meeting scheduled this Wednesday for the agency's independent experts, who will consider applications from both Pfizer and Moderna on vaccinating the nation's youngest children.

Kids aged under 5 are the only group not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in the United States.

In its analysis of Pfizer's data, the FDA said that rates of hospitalization and death due to COVID-19 among children under 5 were higher than among those aged 5 to 17, "underscoring the benefit of an effective COVID-19 vaccine in this age group."

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