President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he expects the Food and Drug Administration to give final approval to the list of COVID-19 vaccines used to fight the pandemic, a step which he hopes will help fight lingering skepticism among Americans who have not yet been vaccinated. against disease.
The president made the comments during a CNN town hall event in Ohio, adding that he had not interfered with any of the science surrounding coronavirus vaccines. Health experts said full FDA approval could help alleviate, but not erase, vaccine reluctance, as inoculations are currently being administered under emergency use authorization provisions. of the agency.
“They don’t promise me any specific date, but my expectation, in talking to the group of scientists we have assembled … and others in the field, is that at some point, maybe at the start of the year. ‘school year, end of August, from September, October, they will get final approval, “Biden said.
Biden also said he was optimistic that children under 12 would be eligible to receive vaccines “soon”.
“Kids aged 5, 6, 7, 8, they all have different makeup. They are growing, ”Biden said, noting that scientists were studying the effects of vaccines in different age groups. “They are trying to find out whether or not there is a vaccination that affects a child of this or that age and not another child. It is in progress.
This hope comes just days after the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that all children over the age of 2 wear masks to school when they return to in-person learning this year. The group said the guidelines come amid a wave of COVID-19 cases linked to the highly transmissible delta variant of the virus and because many children are yet to be vaccinated.
Vaccines remain the best defense against severe cases of COVID-19 and deaths associated with the disease, but in the United States, they are only allowed for ages 12 and older.
The president said the pandemic was severely affecting the part of Americans who had not yet been vaccinated. Almost all deaths linked to the pandemic are now among those who are not vaccinated, and concern is especially high in states with low vaccination rates.
“We have a pandemic for those who haven’t been vaccinated,” he said. “It’s so basic, so simple.
Biden also touched on the spread of vaccine misinformation and conspiracy theories on Wednesday, saying that amid languid vaccination levels in the United States, “the rest of the world is wondering about us.”
“What do you tell your grandchildren or your children about what is going on? Do you ever remember a moment like this in all of history, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican? Said the president. “This is not who we are.”
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