Biden’s top executives may be able to make the first dose available as early as June 21 on Thursday, hoping that federal regulators will soon approve the coronavirus vaccine for children under the age of five. There is from the Biden administration on Friday, saying that states, pharmacies and community health centers can start ordering them.
Dr. Biden’s Coronavirus Coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jar, shared the timeline when he appeared in the White House briefing room. He warned that preparation was subject to approval from the Food and Drug Administration for doses for children aged 6 months to 4 years and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Doses will not be shipped until FDA and CDC approve.
“I want to make it very clear that I’m not here to pre-determine the outcome of the process,” said Dr. Jha. “But the government is enthusiastic about planning all kinds of scenarios based on what the outcome is.”
Eighteen million children under the age of five in the United States are the last American group to have no Covid vaccine available, and frustration among many parents is evident. Currently, it is a tentative date, but for the first time a specific date has been set.
Dr. Jha says it will take some time for the vaccine to become widely available, but the White House “wants all parents to vaccinate their children” within a few weeks of approval. ” Said. He also said he was hoping that some parents would be reluctant.
Earlier this month FDA layout A unique schedule for exploring applications from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech to approve the administration of the Covid-19 vaccine for infants. The approval decision is expected a few days after an external panel of experts advising the FDA meets on June 14 and 15.
At the time of the announcement, Dr. Ja took a delicate path.Last summer, Mr. Biden He announced Booster Shots will be available to many Americans in mid-September, awaiting FDA approval — Just to meet the resistance From an agency leader who said he needed more time to review the data.
However, Dr. Ja said it is important for the White House to make plans and to remain transparent about those plans. He said the government is working closely with local health departments, pediatricians, family doctors, and children’s hospitals to “high-priority sites, including sites that serve the highest-risk children.” Asked the state to distribute an initial dose to the tranche. It is the most difficult area to reach. “