Newhigh. Still, a vaccine for those under 12 could be available by the , the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. “We want to , we anticipate moving quickly, but we also want to have the efficacy data and the safety data that the [Food and Drug Administration] will require … to make sure that it is the right thing for kids,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in an interview with NBC’s “Today.”
A similar timeline for those ages 5 to 11 has been suggested by Dr. safe for children, the agency’s vaccine chief, Dr. Peter Marks, told The Associated Press on Friday., the U.S. surgeon general and the . The FDA’s former head, who now serves on for children by the end of October. As Walensky said Monday, vaccine makers must first submit their data to the FDA for emergency use authorization. It will likely take a few weeks, but not months, for the FDA to determine whether the shots are
Pfizer has said it expects to turn over itshas told investors that it expects to submit its data by the end of the year. of severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. But the has increased the rate of virus transmission, Walensky pointed out, and children are just as capable as adults of falling ill and spreading the virus. “We dre seeing more disease,” she said Monday. “This virus is an opportunist. It will go where . The best thing we can do for our kids is to surround them with vaccinated people when they become eligible.”
According to data compiled by two health organizations, about 252,000 new coronavirus cases were reported among children a week earlier this. It marked the most significant number of unique pediatric began and came as millions of children headed back to school. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, also speaking with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on Monday, stressed that children and as soon as possible.
“We’re finding that COVID rates in schools are just mirrors of what’s happening in the community. We need to do our part to lower community spread so our schools can stay open,” he said. Cardona voiced support for school vaccine mandates but stopped short of calling for them. “If we’re seeing the vaccines work and they’re our best tool, then, yes, they should,” he said, referring to whethershould be required in schools. Calling all HuffPost superfans! Sign up for membership to and help shape HuffPost’s next chapter.