‘Don’t Make Promises Until You Have The Data’: FDA Gamble On Speeding Up COVID Vax In Kids Flops
FDA praised for pulling back on plans to host 15 February advisory committee review of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in children but faulted, along with other parts of US government, for raising expectations this month that the vaccine might be available for this population imminently.
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Peter Marks says agency will proceed to meeting once Pfizer and/or Moderna complete their submissions and that the two may be considered at the same VRBPAC panel. FDA's effectiveness standard has not changed, CBER director says, but acknowledges that vaccines might be a little less effective than 50% in subpopulations.
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