U.S. infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci revealed on Sunday that the vaccines for kids between the ages of five and 11 will likely be available in the first half of November.
Fauci said if the November timetable will be followed he is confident many children will be fully vaccinated before the end of the year.
“If all goes well, and we get the regulatory approval and the recommendation from the CDC, it’s entirely possible if not very likely that vaccines will be available for children from five to 11 within the first week or two of November,” Fauci said.
At the moment, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials are reviewing the Pfizer/BioNTech application seeking authorization of its two-dose vaccine for younger children, with its panel of outside advisers scheduled to weigh in on Oct. 26.
Meanwhile, the advisers to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will weigh in on recommendations for the vaccine at a meeting on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, helping to inform a final decision by its director.
Sources said once authorized some 28 million more children in the United States would be eligible to receive what would be the first U.S. COVID-19 vaccine for younger kids.