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Lisa Jarvis

Can the FDA Get It Right on Covid Vaccines for Young Kids?

Pfizer’s shot for children younger than 5 could be given emergency authorization later this month. Public health officials will need to clearly and simply explain why that’s needed.

Can Covid-19 shots protect babies?

Can Covid-19 shots protect babies?

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An advisory committee will meet next week to discuss whether the Food and Drug Administration should authorize Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for children younger than 5. To be more specific, they will meet to discuss data — data that no one but Pfizer and the FDA has yet seen — on the first two doses of what will probably be a three-shot series for those kids.

Confused by this strategy? So are some infectious disease experts, pediatricians and parents.