Pfizer and BioNTech seek FDA approval to vaccinate children under five

As of now, COVID-19 vaccines are not authorized for use among children under the age of five. However, a recent FDA application submitted by Pfizer suggests that rule may soon change. 

Fox Business reported on Tuesday that pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and BioNTech have requested that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) extend their COVID-19 vaccine’s emergency use authorization to children under the age of five.

Authorization expected soon

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the vaccine currently holds emergency authorization for children between the ages of five and 11.

The agency’s website adds, “Additionally, consistent with our prior recommendation for adults, CDC is recommending that moderately or severely immunocompromised 5–11-year-olds receive an additional primary dose of vaccine 28 days after their second shot. ”

“At this time, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for children aged 5-11,” it continues.

An unnamed source who spoke on the condition of anonymity was quoted as telling the Associated Press that the company’s request for an expanded emergency authorization is expected to be submitted by next Tuesday.

The AP noted, “Young children are far less likely than adults to develop serious complications or to die from COVID-19, but incidences of illness among the age group have risen amid the nationwide spike in cases from the omicron variant.”

Overestimating the risk

CDC records show that of the 7,307 children under five years of age who have died since January 2020, only 87 passed away due to COVID-19.

Some have wildly overestimated the danger that COVID-19 poses to children, and that includes Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Fox News noted that last month during oral arguments over the two of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates, Sotomayor claimed that there are “over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition and many on ventilators.”

In fact, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky later told Fox News host Bret Baier that the actual number of hospitalized COVID-positive children was actually closer to 3,500.

What’s more, Walensky acknowledged that this figure includes children who were admitted for other reasons and then subsequently found to have the virus, likely reducing the number even further.

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