Pfizer and Moderna say children as young as 5 could be eligible for COVID vaccines by early September, as both companies complete trials.
Pfizer said Tuesday it is advancing late-stage clinical trials of its COVID vaccine, in lower doses, on children ages 5 to 11 years old and expects to apply for approval early this fall.
Pfizer’s vaccine is already being administered to children 12 and up, who receive the same 30 microgram dose as adults.
Moderna said it also expects its COVID vaccine will be available for kids as young as 5 by early fall. CEO Stéphane Bancel said Monday he thinks the data will become available sometime in September, CBS Boston reported.
Earlier this month, Moderna applied to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for full approval of its COVID vaccine for adults 18 and older, which is being administered now under Emergency Use Authorization. The company said it plans to seek expanded emergency use approval in the U.S. for the vaccine for ages 12 and up early this month.
Pfizer plans trials on children as young as 6 months
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Pfizer, Moderna Say Kids as Young as 5 Could Get COVID Vaccines by September