Former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Scott Gottlieb predicted on Sunday that 10 million children would be vaccinated against coronavirus before the fall if the Pfizer vaccine was approved for use in younger teens.
Speaking on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” Gottlieb, a member of Pfizer’s board of directors, told host John Dickerson that he estimated that 5 million children between the ages of 12 and 15 would be vaccinated immediately. once the company’s vaccine is approved for the age group, with another 5 million to 7 million gradually being vaccinated before the start of the next school year.
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“We’ll take about 5 million right away. I think probably another 5 million, 5-7 million will be vaccinated in the summer before the school year.” pic.twitter.com/Ua78ZQXP5b
– Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) May 2, 2021
He added: “It will be gradual, Americans are being vaccinated against COVID and we hope to provide protection in an age group that is susceptible to the infection. Older children are more susceptible, certainly, than younger children.”
Gottlieb also told Dickerson that while vaccine sites and pharmacies are likely to start offering vaccines to children, pediatricians will be key to vaccinating the age group.