The President of US, Joe Biden, said this Thursday that the country is prepared to vaccinate against covid-19 to children between 5 and 11 years as soon as the competent authorities authorize it, because the government has bought enough supply to make it possible.
In a new speech on vaccines from the White House, Biden noted that experts from the Food and Drug Administration (FDAin English) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC, in English) will make a decision on this in the next few weeks.
“If (these agencies) authorize it, we are prepared, we have bought enough vaccines for all children between 5 and 11 years old“And in this way” families will be able to sleep better knowing that their children are protected, “Biden said.
The US president also expressed his confidence that the FDA and CDC will approve the booster dose in vaccines of Moderna y Johnson & Johnson in the next two weeks.
Precisely, the FDA’s expert committee meets this Thursday and Friday to analyze the possibility of such doses.
In the case of Pfizer, the booster doses of this vaccine are already available for various groups -the elderly, vulnerable and workers at risk- starting six months after receiving the second inoculation.
Biden expressed his confidence that Moderna’s vaccines will achieve clearance so that “seniors and others” can continue to be protected as major holidays in the country approach, such as Thanksgiving (late November).
In any case, The US president admitted that there are still 66 million unvaccinated citizens in the country, a figure that he continues to consider “unacceptable”, and he again appealed to all those who are reluctant to be immunized.
On the other hand, Biden defended his policy of obliging the vaccination of federal workers and also promoting this requirement in companies with more than 100 employees.
He considered that the requirements “are working” and assured that the Government will continue to make all efforts to fight misinformation about vaccines and push Americans to keep getting immunized.