he committee is expected to vote later Wednesday on whether it supports authorization of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for children younger than 5.
hildren younger than 5 are the only age group not currently eligible to be vaccinated against Covid-19. About 17 million kids under the age of 5 will become eligible for Covid-19 vaccines once they’re authorized for this age group.
he FDA, which typically follows the committee’s decisions, will now decide whether to authorize the vaccine for emergency use in this young age group.
‘Benefits seem to clearly outweigh the risks’
The number of Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths in children is concerning and much higher when compared with influenza-related deaths and hospitalizations, FDA official Dr. Peter Marks said in Wednesday’s meeting, before the committee voted.