The US Food and Drug Administration’s top Vaccination official said Tuesday that child deaths from a preventable sickness like Covid-19, no matter how infrequent, constitute reason for allowing a vaccine in children. Thousands of children have been hospitalised as a result of the latest outbreak of Covid-19, primarily in the south. And, frankly, having even 100 children, as we have, die of a preventable infectious disease is an embarrassment in a wealthy society. Covid-19 has killed 645 children in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Marks said, “No parent should have to lose their child to a vaccine-preventable illness if we have a vaccine that can be deployed that is safe and effective. And we will only allow something to be authorized that we find to be safe and effective.” According to data released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics, children under the age of 18 make up 22% of the US population but account for 27% of all cases, and new infections among children remain “exceptionally high.”
The vaccine still needs to go through a few more procedures before it can be approved. The FDA’s vaccine advisers would have to first offer a recommendation, which would then be voted on by the FDA. The CDC would then have to provide its approval before children aged 5 to 11 could begin receiving Vaccination.