Pfizer asks for US authorization of Covid vaccine for ages 5-11
Children have been infected in greater numbers in the latest coronavirus wave driven by the Delta variant, and inoculating young people is seen as key to keeping schools open and helping end the pandemic.
Following the announcement White House Covid coordinator Jeff Zients told CNN that "I think we can all agree that getting a safe and effective vaccine for kids five to 11 is a really important next step in our fight against the virus."
Children in the 5-11 age group received a two-dose regimen of 10 micrograms in the trial, compared with 30 micrograms for older age groups. The shots were given 21 days apart.
The FDA has previously said that once the formal submission was completed, the agency would complete its review "likely in a matter of weeks rather than months."
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been granted full FDA approval for those age 16 and up.