(TheRedWire.com) – A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel will meet to discuss authorizing vaccines for children from 5 to 11 years old on October 25. If the panel recommends authorizing vaccinations for children, the FDA could give full approval within days. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) could recommend pediatric dose levels as early as November if that happens.
In the meantime, the White House appears to be making plans expecting a favorable ruling to its position advocating for kids to vaccinate. On Wednesday, October 20, the Biden administration said it had already purchased enough vaccine doses to inoculate America’s 28 million children. The administration says it’s working with state and local leaders to distribute the COVID-19 vaccinations to children once the FDA and CDC authorize the shots.
— The Hill (@thehill) October 20, 2021
The plan includes a partnership with the Children’s Hospital Association and 25,000 pediatricians’ offices, schools, pharmacies, and community health centers. The administration hopes to establish vaccination sites in November and through the remainder of the year.
In the past, the White House got out ahead of the FDA and put undue pressure on the agency to authorize booster vaccinations. As a result, several FDA officials resigned in protest.
The administration went out of its way to say that’s not happening in this instance. They are simply trying to plan contingencies, so they are ready to implement the plan if or when the FDA decision comes.
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