American News Oct 14, 2021 12:52 AM EST

Biden admin signals readiness to distribute COVID vaccines to kids under 12

"We have the supply. I want to emphasize it’s a different supply; the dose for kids is a different dose than adults."

Biden admin signals readiness to distribute COVID vaccines to kids under 12
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The Biden administration's COVID task force is making their final preparations for a COVID vaccine inoculation campaign intended for minors. Whereas American companies and state governments have moved into requiring the COVID vaccine for people to work and live their daily lives, that's for people ages twelve and up.

ABC News received an audio recording from Tuesday's phone call between the White House and governors across the US. Tuesday's conversation was about giving the vaccine to kids as young as 5 to 11-years-old.

"We've secured plenty of supply, and we'll be putting in place an allocation, ordering and distribution system similar to what we've used for the other vaccines," said Jeff Zients, a member of the Biden administration's COVID team.

Pfizer and BioNTech submitted last week a formal request for FDA approval. In terms of data, they presented a clinical trial showing compatibly positive results in immune responses for a trial of 2268 participants ages 5 to 11 given a third of the standard 30-microgram dose.

The White House is banking on approval from the FDA and CDC to give the COVID vaccine to kids having already bought 65 million doses from Pfizer. If approved, 100-dose packs of the Pfizer vaccine would be ready to go to medical institutions nationwide.

Jeff Zients stressed the anticipated initial rush for demand from parents to get their kids vaccinated. "All of us must recognize that parents have been waiting for a pediatric vaccine for a long time, so they will understandably be very eager to get their kids vaccinated, or kids vaccinated right away," he said.

According to CNBC, the White House is ready to roll out vaccines as early as November. They also asked state governors to prepare outreach and education programs to encourage people to get the shot.

At the beginning of October, California Governor Gavin Newsom tried being ahead of everyone else by making the pediatric COVID vaccine mandatory for all school kids, in advance of the FDA and CDC's approval.

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