The Food and Drug Administration authorized coronavirus vaccines for the youngest children last week. The FDA authorizes the way for shots to be available as early as this coming week, shared the Washington Post. The agency authorized two vaccines, a three-dose regimen from Pfizer-BioNTech and a two-dose regimen from Moderna.
One more hurdle remains for the pediatric vaccines, reported the Washington Post. Advisors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are expected to give favorable recommendations, leaving the final decision to the CDC director.
For many families, a vaccine for infants, toddlers and young kids has been a long time coming. The Washington Post Reports talked with Anita Patel, a critical care pediatrician at Children’s National Hospital in the District about why the pediatric vaccines took so long to develop and why the youngest children had to wait so much longer than everyone else.
The White House has been requesting additional funding to prepare for possible coronavirus surges for months, but a deal to provide billions of additional dollars appears to be dead. Republicans have accused the Biden administration of misleading them about the need for more funds after the White House shifted money away from testing and other programs to buy more vaccines and treatments.
Deborah Birx, who served as the Trump administration’s coronavirus coordinator, will testify before Congress about the 130,000 American lives she says could have been saved if the government had acted more swiftly in the early days of the pandemic.
Travelers now don’t have to take a coronavirus test before flying to the U.S., but health experts say they should do it anyway – for both domestic and international flights.