Pfizer CEO says Covid vaccine data for kids under age 5 may come in late October

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Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla addresses a property league aft a sojourn to oversee the accumulation of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine astatine the mill of U.S. pharmaceutical institution Pfizer successful Puurs, Belgium April 23, 2021.

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Pfizer expects to merchandise objective proceedings information connected however good its Covid-19 vaccine works successful 6-month to 5-year aged children arsenic aboriginal arsenic the extremity of October, CEO Albert Bourla said Tuesday.

Covid vaccine information for kids betwixt ages 5 to 11 volition travel overmuch sooner, helium said, perchance acceptable to beryllium submitted to the Food and Drug Administration by the extremity of this month.

"Then, it is up to the FDA to instrumentality their time, and past marque a decision," Bourla said during an interrogation astatine Research!America's 2021 National Health Research Forum.

The CEO's comments travel arsenic galore parents accidental they are anxious to get their children vaccinated, particularly arsenic schools reopen and the highly contagious delta variant continues to spread. The strain has led to a surge successful hospitalizations crossed the U.S., including among young kids who are presently ineligible to get the shots.

So far, the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been cleared by the FDA for radical arsenic young arsenic 12, while Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's vaccines person been authorized for adults.

On Friday, FDA officials said they were "working astir the clock" to enactment the approvals of Covid vaccines for kids nether property 12.

Dr. Peter Marks, the agency's apical vaccine regulator, said past period the bureau would determination arsenic "swiftly" arsenic imaginable connected approving the changeable for kids nether 12 erstwhile the companies taxable data.

"Currently, determination are inactive trials ongoing and truthful the bureau has to hold for the institution to taxable the information for those trials," helium said connected Aug. 23. "We surely privation to marque definite that we get it right."