FDA panel recommends authorization of COVID vaccines for children under 5

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A panel of advisors at the Food and Drug Administration has recommended the authorization of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 years of age.

The vaccines still face numerous hurdles before they will be given the green light to be used, however the process is expected to happen quickly after this panel’s authorization.

As NBC News reports, the Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee met on Wednesday to discuss and vote for the use of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children ages 6 months to 4 years and 6 months to 5 years, respectively

The decision to recommend their authorization was unanimous, with none of the twenty-one members dissenting.

In the coming days, the FDA is expected to grant an emergency use authorization for the vaccines, while an advisory panel for the Centers for Disease Control will decide whether to offer their endorsement this weekend. Once those steps are completed, the only thing standing between the vaccines and children across America is the signature of CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

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