This Tuesday, after a meeting of more than seven hours, the advisory committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA for its acronym in English) of USA, ruled in favor of recommending approval for emergency use of the vaccine against COVID-19 from Pfizer for minors between five and 11 years old.
With 17 votes in favor and one abstention, the committee members assured that the Benefits to vaccinate children exceed risks; However, some were concerned as recent studies found that effects secondary of the dose of Pfizer They can be dangerous, but these are only a few cases worldwide.
Given this, the resolution has an advisory nature, that is, it still has to go through the approval of the FDA to authorize the use of the vaccine. And in case of giving the green light, at least 28 million of U.S. children will be eligible to receive the dose of Pfizer.
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COVID-19 in children in the United States
According to Health Department from the neighboring country, the coronavirus has been the cause of more than eight thousand child hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic, of which at least a third required intensive care.
And although studies initially suggested that kids had a lower risk of contracting COVID-19, deaths and positive cases forced world authorities to pressure to approve its use in minors.
How does the dose of Pfizer work in children?
According to the specialists of Pfizer, the same vaccine used for adults will be used, but in a lower dose, since they do not require such a strong stimulus to strengthen the immune system.
However, they may also have side effects What:
- Pain where the injection was given
- Shaking chills
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
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What vaccines have been approved for minors?
The vaccine developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer / BioNTech it became the first, and so far only, authorized for minors; however, laboratories like Modern, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Sinovac reported that they are also conducting tests and that they could present sufficient evidence to health authorities around the world to demonstrate that the application of their vaccine it is safe in children.