Former FDA Head: Pfizer Vaccine Could Be Approved in October for Kids 5-11

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Emergency use of Pfizer’s  (PFE) - Get Pfizer Inc. Report COVID-19 vaccine could be approved for children aged 5 to 11 next month.

On Sunday, in an interview with CBS, former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said that the vaccine could be approved by the end of October.

“In a best-case scenario, given that timeline they’ve just laid out, you could potentially have a vaccine available to children aged 5 to 11 by Halloween," said Gottlieb, who also serves on Pfizer's board of directors."If everything goes well, the Pfizer data package is in order, and FDA ultimately makes a positive determination, I have confidence in Pfizer in terms of the data that they've collected."

"But this is really up to the Food and Drug Administration to make an objective determination," he added. 

Pfizer is the only fully approved FDA vaccine, which is authorized for emergency use in children aged 12 to 15.

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The rise of the Delta variant of COVID-19 has caused 25% of new infections across the U.S. 

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