The White House announced this Wednesday that it has started organizing the possible expansion of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign to include children between the ages of five and eleven, at the expense of decisions made by health officials.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) could take steps in this direction in the coming weeks. It would be “another major milestone” in the fight against the pandemic in the US, according to President Joe Biden.
One FDA commission will meet on October 26th, while another of the CDC will meet on November 2-3.
“We will be ready to start injecting injections in the days following the CDC’s final recommendation,” estimates the White House, which wants to mobilize primary care centers, hospitals, rural clinics and pharmacies and also do education to reach the elderly possible number of children.
There are more than 45 million cases and more than 728,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University. The vaccination campaign, meanwhile, is already advancing slowly and the government estimates that 189 million people have met the guideline, two-thirds of the target population.