The White House pandemic response team defended its position in favor of the vaccine for children between five and eleven years old despite the adverse effects that it may have and which raise doubts in the scientific community.
This was pointed out by members of the team in a press conference in which they reported, on the other hand, that the United States reached this Wednesday 400 million doses of vaccine against COVID-19 given since the beginning of the Administration of Joe Biden, either in first doses, complete regimens or boosters, although there are still 60 million people in the country who have not been inoculated.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English), Rochelle Walensky, defended the urgency that children can be vaccinated not only to increase the inoculation in the population as a whole, but also to protect minors themselves.
A scientific committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, in English) by USA recommended this Tuesday to approve for emergency use the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer / BioNTech for children between the ages of 5 and 11. The FDA now has to give its final approval.
At yesterday’s meeting, some members of the panel of the FDA stressed the need for more information before recommending the serum to this population group, while others stressed that the data on its efficacy and safety are sufficient to move forward.
When asked about the doubts of the scientists, Walensky insisted this Wednesday that it is “urgent” to be able to give the vaccine to children because, as the data shows, they have suffered from the disease, some have died and others continue to have long-term effects.
At this point he recalled how the pandemic has affected children and noted that the COVID-19 it was one of the top ten causes of death in this age group in the past year.
He added that since the beginning of the pandemic, 745 minors have died and 8,300 were hospitalized.
The coordinator of the Government’s response to the pandemic, Jeff Zients, stressed that at the time the FDA authorize the vaccine for children between five and eleven years old, millions of doses will be sent to inoculate this population group that reaches 28 million.
Zients informed in this appearance of the 400 million doses reached to date, as well as the fact that fifteen million people have already received a booster dose of the brands allowed in the country (Pfizer, Moderna and J&J).
The negative figure, however, was given by Walensky when he acknowledged that there are still sixty million Americans who have not received the vaccine.
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