President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he hoped the Food and Drug Administration give its final approval As for the slate of COVID-19 vaccines being used to fight the pandemic, he hopes a move will help tackle doubts among Americans who have not yet been vaccinated against the disease.
the president remarked a CNN town hall program in Ohio, saying they did not interfere with any of the science surrounding coronavirus vaccines. health experts said full acceptance could easily be helped by the FDA, but not erasedVaccine hesitation, as the vaccine is currently being administered under the agency’s Emergency Use Authorization provisions.
“They’re not promising me a specific date, but my expectation, talking to a group of scientists that we’ve put together … and others in the field, is that sometimes, maybe the school year. At the beginning of, from September, October at the end of August, they will get the final approval,” Biden said.
Biden also said he is optimistic that children under the age of 12 will be eligible for vaccination “soon”.
“Kids 5, 6, 7, 8, they all have different makeup. They are evolving,” Biden said, noting that scientists were studying the effects of vaccines in different age groups. “They’re trying to find out if there’s a vaccination that affects a child that’s at that age and not another child. It’s ongoing.”
That hope comes just days after the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended 2 . all children older than Wear a mask to school when they return to in-person learning this year. The group said the guidelines come amid a surge of COVID-19 cases linked to the highly transmissible delta version of the virus and because many children are yet to be vaccinated.
Vaccines are the best defense against severe cases of COVID-19 and death associated with the disease, but in the US they are Only authorized for those 12 and over.
The president said the pandemic was badly affecting the share of Americans who have not yet been vaccinated. Nearly all deaths linked to the pandemic are now in people who have not been vaccinated, and the concern is particularly high in states with low vaccination rates.
“We have a pandemic for people who haven’t received vaccinations,” he said. “It’s so basic, so simple.”
Biden also addressed the spread of vaccination misinformation and conspiracy theories on Wednesday, saying that amid sluggish levels of vaccination in the US, “the rest of the world is thinking of us.”
“What do you tell your grandchildren or your children about what’s happening? Do you remember a time in history, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican?” said the president. Huh.”