By November, Pfizer is reportedly drawing up plans to have their COVID-19 vaccine rolled out to babies as young as six months old.
Daily Mail reported that the timeline of this rollout would depend on the findings of in-house trials that will look into whether vaccines are safe and effective in children aged six months to five years. This week, Frank D’Amelio, chief financial officer at Pfizer, said that the firm plans to “go file” by November.
“We would expect to have… data for children between the ages of six months and five years old that we would file with the FDA,” D’Amelio said while speaking at the Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference. “I’ll call it in the weeks shortly thereafter the filing of the data for the five- to 11-year-olds.”
The Hill reported that Pfizer had previously said they expect to file in early October for emergency use authorization in children ages 5 to 11. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN on Tuesday the U.S. might even see the FDA authorize both the Moderna and Pfizer shots for kids before the winter.
“There will be enough data to apply for an emergency use authorization both by Pfizer, a little bit later by Moderna,” Fauci said. “I believe both of them — with Pfizer first — will very likely be able to have a situation where we’ll be able to vaccinate children. If the FDA judges the data sufficient enough, we could do it by the fall.”
Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb recently predicted that the FDA would authorize Pfizer’sfor emergency use in children ages 5 to 11 by the end of October.
“In a best-case scenario, given that timeline they’ve just laid out, you could potentially have a vaccine available to children aged 5 to 11 by Halloween,” Gottlieb told CBS News. “If everything goes well, the Pfizer data package is in order, and FDA ultimately makes a positive determination, I have confidence in Pfizer in terms of the data that they’ve collected. But this is really up to the Food and Drug Administration to make an objective determination.”
Gottlieb went on to say that he believes that COVID vaccines will eventually be required for children in public schools.
“I think you’re going to see more local school districts and governors make those recommendations,” he said. “Eventually, ACIP is going to make a recommendation about whether this should be included in the childhood immunization schedule. My guess is they’re waiting for more of the vaccines to be fully licensed to make that kind of a recommendation. But I would expect this eventually to be required as part of the childhood immunization schedule.”
Of course, nobody is showing evidence indicating that children need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 physically. Go figure.