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Pfizer goes for the little ones: Requests authorization to vaccinate children...

•, Andrés Vacca

Children ages 2 to 11 could potentially be eligible for a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus (COVID-19) vaccine this fall. That was reported by Pfizer President and CEO Albert Bourla, who said he expects to apply for emergency use authorization (EUA) from the FDA in September. According to his plan, a EUA application for ages six months to two years would follow in the fourth quarter.

In parallel, Pfizer and its partner BioNTech are currently awaiting a decision from the FDA on a EUA that would enable the application of their vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 15 years.

The New York Times reported that approval could come late this week or early next week, giving teens a chance to get vaccinated before school starts in the fall. 

President Biden said Tuesday that if approved by the FDA, officials will focus on making the vaccines available through pediatricians and family physicians. The president is challenging states to vaccinate as many adolescents as possible by July 4.

"Parents and their children can talk to their family doctor about it and get the vaccine from a provider they trust the most. Easy, fast and free," Biden said. "And if teens are on the move this summer, they can get their first shot in one place and their second shot in another."

These announcements are highly controversial, mainly because the vaccine in both adults and adolescents is still being tested.