Nearly all US children will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines by the first quarter of 2022, Dr Fauci predicts
Dr Anthony Fauci said he believes that nearly all children in the U.S. will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccines by 2022He added that he thinks vaccines will be available earlier for high schoolers, who may be able to be vaccinated before the new school yearMultiple vaccine manufacturers are running clinical trials on children including Pfizer and ModernaTen days ago, Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech asked the FDA to expand emergency use authorization of their vaccine to 12-to-15 year olds Nearly 40% of the population has received at least one dose with more than three million shots being put in arms every day
Speaking with CNN, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, added that he would not be surprised if high schoolers were vaccinated over the summer before the start of the fall semester.
‘As we get later into the year, towards the end of the year. I think by the time we get to the first quarter of 2022, we’ll be able to vaccinate children at virtually any age,’ he said.
‘Hopefully before then. But I think that’s going to be the latest we’ll see it.’
It comes just 10 days after Pfizer Inc asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to expand emergency use of its vaccine to Americans between ages 12 and 15.
Dr Anthony Fauci (pictured), the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said he believes that nearly all children in the U.S. will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccines by 2022
Fauci added that he thinks vaccines will be available earlier for high schoolers, who may be able to be vaccinated before the new school year. Pictured: Marisol Gerardo, 9, is held by her mother during the Pfizer vaccine clinical trial at Duke University, April 12
Currently, multiple coronavirus vaccine manufacturers are in the middle of clinical trials in younger people.
Recently, Phase III clinical trial data from Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech SE showed that their shot was 100 percent safe and effective in 12-to-15 year olds.