FDA concludes Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine likely safe and effective in kids under 5

In the U.S., COVID-19 vaccines are widely available to all age groups apart from children under the age of five. However, that could change this month now that FDA has signaled that three doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech (NYSE:PFE/Nasdaq BNTX) COVID-19 vaccine are likely effective against COVID-19 in an analysis ahead of a June 15 Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting.

Pfizer and BioNTech, like Moderna (Nasdaq:MRNA), are seeking emergency use authorization (EUA) to use their respective vaccines in children aged six months to four years of age.

Pfizer has provided FDA with new reactogenicity and immunogenicity data from the ongoing Phase 1/2/3 C4591007 trial.

In late May, Pfizer submitted a request to FDA to allow the use of three 3-μg doses of their BNT162b2 vaccine in the same demographic.

In April, Moderna announced that it had filed paperwork seeking EUA for two 25-μg doses of its mRNA-1273 vaccine in young children. Read more

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