A vial labelled with the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is seen in this illustration picture taken March 19, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo
Oct 28 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) and BioNTech SE (22UAy.DE) said on Thursday they expect to deliver 50 million more doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to the U.S. government by April-end, as the country prepares to vaccinate children.
The move comes after a panel of outside advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted on Tuesday to recommend its authorization for the vaccine in children aged 5 to 11. The agency’s decision on the vaccine for the age group is awaited. read more
If authorized and subsequently recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) advisory panel, the companies said they expect to then begin shipping the vaccine immediately, in 10 microgram pediatric doses, as directed by the U.S. government.
The U.S. government has so far secured 600 million doses of the vaccine for use within the country and additional 1 billion doses for donation to low- and lower-middle-income countries.
The drugmakers said they expect initial clinical trial data on the vaccine’s use in children — aged 2 to less than 5 years, and 6 months to less than 2 years — is expected in the fourth quarter this year or early first quarter of 2022.
Reporting by Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Shinjini Ganguli
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Mark White is the editor of the ProcurementNation, a Media Outlet covering supply chain and logistics issues. He joined The New York Times in 2007 as an commodities reporter, and most recently served as foreign-exchange editor in New York.