Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine Moves Into Adolescents; Adcomm To Weigh Broader Pediatric Issues
Emergency use authorization in 12-15 year-olds follows announcement of a June advisory committee meeting on pediatric data requirements, including the FDA’s criteria for younger children. Authorization for US adolescents has raised ethical questions about prioritizing this lower-risk group over hard-hit populations overseas.
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