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  • “We hope that as we approach the end of this calendar year, we’ll have enough information to vaccinate children of any age,” Fauci told CNN Thursday.
  • Both Pfizer and Moderna are conducting clinical trials of their vaccines in groups of children as young as 6 months.
  • While children are less likely to have severe cases of COVID-19, vaccinating kids is a critical part of curbing the virus because they can still get infected and spread it to others.

The nation’s top infectious diseases expert says children under the age of 12 could be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by Thanksgiving. 

During an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” Thursday, Anthony Fauci said he is “cautiously optimistic” children 12 or younger would be able to get vaccinated by the end of the year. 


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“We are now doing studies that are ongoing as we’re speaking, studies that are looking at what we call age de-escalation, children from 12 to 9 and then 9 to 6 and then 6 to 2 and then 6 months to 2 years,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told CNN

“We hope that as we approach the end of this calendar year, we’ll have enough information to vaccinate children of any age,” he said. 

Currently, children aged 12 and older are able to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Both Pfizer and Moderna are conducting clinical trials of their vaccines in groups of children as young as 6 months. 

Pfizer said last month it could ask the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization of its vaccine for kids under 12 by September. 

While children are less likely to have severe cases of COVID-19, vaccinating kids is a critical part of curbing the virus as they can still get infected and spread it to others. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of vaccine and 41 percent are fully vaccinated. 


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Published on Jun 03, 2021