Biden says he believes kids under 12 will be able to get Covid-19 vaccines ‘soon,’ but it’s up to scientists

“Soon, I think,” Biden said when asked by CNN’s Don Lemon when most children under the age of 12 could get the Covid-19 vaccine.

“Soon, in the sense that I don’t tell scientists what to do. I don’t interfere. So now they do the research, the tests, and now they make the decision,” he said, adding that the scientists did so do will make a decision “when they are ready” and “have done all the scientific work that needs to be done” to determine the appropriate vaccination for different age groups.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday it was “very likely” that data on Covid-19 vaccines in children under the age of 12 could be available by early winter.

“Very likely, if you do the Age De-escalation study – so we went from 12 to nine, nine to six, six to two, and then six months to two years – probably in late fall, early winter. I’ll have enough data, “said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, at a Senate hearing.” But that doesn’t mean it’s suddenly allowed. That will be a regulatory decision for the FDA to make, “he said.

Biden also hinted that he expects the Covid-19 vaccines, currently under emergency clearance, to “quickly” receive full approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.

“The expectation – they don’t promise me a specific date – but my expectation, speaking to the group of scientists we have put together… is that someday, maybe at the beginning of the school year, in late August, early September, October, they will become one Received final approval where the (US Food and Drug Administration) says, ‘No, it is. It is good.'”

He stressed that he “doesn’t tell scientists what to do,” and also said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are likely to issue guidelines stating that “anyone under the age of 12 is likely to be School should wear a mask ”.

Currently, none of the three Covid-19 vaccines used in the US are available for children under the age of 12. With many schools in the United States open just weeks before reopening for the fall semester, Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are still conducting clinical trials to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines in children under the age of 12.

Data for children ages 5-11 could be in sometime in September, and depending on the results, the company told CNN it could ask the FDA to approve the vaccine’s emergency use that same month.

Dates for 2 to 5 year olds may come in soon after. For the youngest children, Pfizer said it could possibly get data in October or November and ask the FDA shortly after to approve emergency use.

Clarification: This story has been updated to clarify that Biden expects full FDA approval of the Covid-19 vaccines to be granted by the start of the school year, not children under the age of 12 can receive the vaccine by then.

CNN’s Betsy Klein and John Bonifield contributed to this report.


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