Moderna Says Child Vaccine Effective As FDA Considers Pfizer’s

A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee is meeting to decide whether to greenlight Pfizer’s low dose COVID-19 vaccine for kids age five to 11.

Meanwhile, Moderna says it’s also making a vaccine for kids. They say their half dose vaccine is safe for kids age six to 11.

Moderna says only mild side effects were reported, but the company has not addressed a possible side effect found in some teens and young adults.

Myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart, was a rare side effect in some younger people who got the Moderna vaccine.

The new vaccines come at an important time, as a new mutation of the COVID-19 Delta variant called “Delta-plus” has started to spread.

If the CDC grants emergency use authorization of Pfizer’s vaccine for kids 5 to 11, it could start being administered by the end of next week.

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