Children in the United States will likely be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of this year or in the first quarter of 2022, said Dr.Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, during ‘an event on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, the United States paved the way for the use of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and its partner BioNTech SE in adolescents aged 12 and older.
Fauci also noted the need for a COVID-19 booster injection within about a year of receiving the first injection.
“I think we’ll almost certainly need a booster within a year or so of getting primary, because lasting protection against coronavirus is usually not similar to measles,” he said. declared.
At the event, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said it was likely necessary to take booster shots between 8 and 12 months. In April, Bourla said the folks at CNBC would “likely” need a third booster dose of COVID-19 vaccines within 12 months.
Scientists, however, question the need for COVID-19 booster injections due to a lack of data to make an informed decision.
There has been significant progress in ensuring equity in vaccines, Fauci added, stressing that vaccines should be available in geographic locations easily accessible to minorities as a lesson for the next pandemic.
(This story corrects the first paragraph to remove the reference to the age group for children)
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