A vaccine for children is not likely to be approved until the end of year

Parents and caregivers may have to wait until the end of 2021 before a COVID-19 vaccine is fully approved for young children ages 5 to 11. The news comes from Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, in an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition.

Collins said both Pfizer and Moderna are still collecting trial data, trying to understand – among other things – whether young children should receive a smaller vaccine dose than what has already been approved for adults.

Pfizer could submit its data to the Food and Drug Administration for review by the end of September, Collins said. But he added, “I’ve got to be honest, I don’t see the approval for kids – 5 to 11 – coming much before the end of 2021.”

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