MADRID, June 18 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted unanimously to recommend the use of Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines for COVID-19 in babies as young as 6 months of age.
The recommendation has yet to be signed off by CDC director Rochelle Walensky, but once that process is complete, vaccine administration could begin as early as next week, US network CNN reports.
On Friday, Dr. Matthew Daley during debate on the proposal that unvaccinated minors over the age of five are 10 times more likely to die from coronavirus than those vaccinated with at least the first dose.
Already on Saturday, Dr. Veronica McNally highlighted that the United States has recorded two million cases in minors, 20,000 hospitalizations and more than 200 deaths. “I’m also concerned that the possible severity of a respiratory virus in children at this age and its long-term consequences, such as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, are being downplayed,” he said.
Daley has stressed the importance of teaching families “the importance of these vaccines in protecting children’s lives.” “COVID-19 is the leading cause of death from infectious diseases in 0-19 year olds and the seventh overall cause of death in 0-19 year olds,” he said.
Following the announcement, United States President Joe Biden highlighted this “monumental step forward” in the fight against the coronavirus. “Virtually all Americans can enjoy the protection that vaccines provide,” he said.
Biden has stated that this is the result of a “rigorous and independent” scientific review. “Today is a day of relief for families across the country. We are the first country to protect the youngest children with the vaccine and we have been preparing for this moment for months, making sure there are doses and offering high potency mRNA vaccines to all children from the age of six months.” , he stressed.
“These vaccines are safe and highly effective. They give families peace of mind that their children are protected from the worst of COVID-19,” he said.