FDA panel says only way to learn about COVID vaccine effects in children is to 'start giving it'

- THE BLAZE - CHRIS ENLOE - OCT 27, 2021 -

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Dr. Eric Rubin, who sits on the Food and Drug Administration independent advisory panel, justified recommending the Pfizer COVID vaccine for young children Tuesday by deferring to potential upsides despite unknown side effects.


What is the background?


Nearly one year after the government approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines for adults, an FDA advisory panel recommended — by a vote of 17-0, with one abstention — granting emergency authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.


As the Washington Post noted, the advisory board's advice is nonbinding. However, the FDA is certain to grant emergency authorization.


Next, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will have to authorize vaccinating children. Once CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky gives approval, which may come as soon as next week, young children can begin receiving the Pfizer vaccine.


Child recipients will receive one-third the dose given to adults.


What did Dr. Rubin say?


Before the vote, panel members presented their opinions and concerns about giving the COVID vaccine to children.


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