The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for teens ages 12-15 next week, a government official said CNN.
The official, who asked for anonymity, said the FDA must change the emergency approval for the Pfizer vaccine. The Agency’s Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Related Biologics had already held meetings to decide whether to recommend emergency approval for the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson Johnson vaccines. However, this process will not take place if the use of the vaccine spreads. Pfizer for teenagers.
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The FDA is currently reviewing Pfizer’s data for expanded usage, the News Network added.
Pfizer showed 100% effectiveness in its clinical study of the vaccine in 2,260 adolescents aged 12-15 years, according to a company statement released in March. Moderna is currently testing its vaccine in other age groups, including children and infants. Both are scheduled to apply for FDA approval later in 2021 to cover these age groups CNN.
More than 250 million people in the US have been fully vaccinated or received a dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Government data from Kaiser Health News It was recently revealed that thousands of doses have been wasted since approved vaccines (including one from Johnson Johnson) were first released in early 2021.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also known as the CDC, 182,874 doses have been wasted as of March. CVS was responsible for about half of those doses, while Walgreens was responsible for 128,500 injections. According to Pfizer, 60% of the shots fired were Kaiser Health News.
The publication notes that the data suggests CVS and Walgreens wasted more injections than federal agencies, states, and US territories combined. It’s not entirely clear why both pharmacies were wasting more vaccines, although CDC spokeswoman Kate Fowlie told Kaiser Health News that it was possibly the result of massive efforts by the two companies to deliver large numbers of doses during one venture.
In a statement to Kaiser Health News, CVS spokesman Michael DeAngelis added that the pharmacy wasted its doses due to issues with transportation restrictions and restrictions on diverting unused injections, among other things. Even so, CVS was able to limit the waste to about one dose per on-site vaccination clinic, DeAngelis said.
Walgreens vaccine waste, on the other hand, made up less than 0.5% of the injections the pharmacy had given as of March 29, Walgreens spokesman Kris Lathan said Kaiser Health News.