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The Moderna vaccine, in two doses, is authorized on an emergency basis for children aged 6 months to 5 years. That of Pfizer, this time in three doses, is between 6 months and 4 years. This is the last age group that has not yet received this protection in the United States, as in many countries.

The FDA has also approved Moderna’s vaccine for children ages 6 to 17. The Pfizer vaccine was already authorized from the age of 5 in the country.

Many parents, caregivers and clinicians have been waiting for a vaccine for the youngest children, and this action will protect them from 6 months of age.welcomed in a press release Robert Califf, the boss of the FDA.

As we have seen in older age groups, these vaccines for younger children are going to provide protection against the most severe cases of COVID-19, hospitalizations and deaths. »

A quote from Robert Califf, Commissioner of the FDA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must also recommend these vaccines before injections can begin. This final green light will be granted after a meeting of experts who are members of an advisory committee, which is being held over two days this Friday and this Saturday.

The American government had made it known that, as soon as the decision of the FDA delivered, some 10 million doses could immediately begin to be sent in advance to the four corners of the country, before millions more in the following weeks. The equipment needed for injections, such as small needles, will also be provided.

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