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Pfizer vaccine could be authorized for kids ages 5 to 11 in October, says former FDA head
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The former head of the Food and Drug Administration said Sunday that Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine could be approved for children ages 5 to 11 by the end of October.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who helmed the FDA under President Trump and serves on Pfizer’s board of directors, said the company should get information on its vaccines on young kids before the end of September — paving the way for approval for the next age group to get the jab.
"In a best-case scenario, given that timeline they’ve just laid out, you could potentially have a vaccine available to children aged 5 to 11 by Halloween," Gottlieb said on CBS News’ "Face the Nation."
"If everything goes well, the Pfizer data package is in order, and FDA ultimately makes a positive determination, I have confidence in Pfizer in terms of the data that they’ve collected. But this is really up to the Food and Drug Administration to make an objective determination."
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The FDA has said it would take weeks, not months, to determine whether to OK the two-dose vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11.
Pfizer, the only vaccine to be fully approved by the FDA, has been testing its shot on kids 2 years and older and has previously said data on children 2 to 5 could arrive just after September.