Covid vaccine for children: the opinion of the experts

In a little while the Covid vaccine produced by Pfizer, in collaboration with BioNTech could also be extended to children of the band between 5 and 11 years. Studies have shown that the medicine is safe even for the little ones, as the two companies announced in a note.

At the moment the US FDA is already working on the possible approval of the vaccine for younger children and in the course of next weeks could arrive the green light also by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). But what is the opinion of the experts?

Covid vaccine for children: the opinion of the experts

Soon the Covid vaccine could also be administered to children in the age group between 5 and 11 years. They also expressed their opinion on the matter experts of the sector e medici: let’s see what they think.

The data presented by the pharmaceutical company, although not based on very large numbers, still allow us to be confident the possibility of using the vaccine in the 5-11 age range. Having this tool will allow us to reduce spread and allow to significantly limit the circulation of the virus given that it is an unvaccinated piece of the population “. This is what he told Adnkronos Salute Massimo Galli, full professor of Infectious Diseases at the State University of Milan and head physician at the Sacco hospital in the Lombard capital.

Of a completely different opinion Francesco Vaia, director of the INMI Spallanzani of Rome. According to the doctor at the moment there is not enough data yet: “What we read in the press releases of companies does not always correspond to severe studies shared by the scientific community. There are conflicting opinions on the Covid vaccine for children. Therefore, in the absence of an authoritative opinion from national and international regulatory agencies and CDCs, I would avoid intervening immediately on such a sensitive population segment “.

According to Matteo Bassetti, director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic of the San Martino Polyclinic in Genoa, the vaccine against Covid, when compared with the others that are given to children every year, it has even better security requirements. If the EMA gives the green light, we could be able to greatly reduce the circulation of the virus since today we have no chance in the younger range “. The expert then recalls that “With the vaccination of the 5-11 age group, the goal of reaching 95% of the population would be much more achievable. Configuring a future very similar to influenza for Covid “.

Finally also Antonella Viola, immunologist at the University of Padua expressed her position through a post published on Facebook, in which you can read:

Good news on the vaccine front. The Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19 could soon be approved for children aged 5 to 12 years. The trial ended successfully and all the material was sent to the FDA, and hopefully soon to EMA as well. We hope that the FDA and EMA will find everything in order and that we can start soon. The protocol – underlines the expert – provides for a lower dose, but the same cycle of 2 vaccinations ”.

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