Biden Says Children 12 Years & Younger Could Get Vaccinated By Fall
At a CNN town hall on Wednesday in Cincinnati, President Joe Biden said that children under the age of 12 will probably be able to get vaccinated by August or the fall.
While he said that he does not have a specific date yet, he believes that Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, which began their clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines for children under the age of 12 in March, could obtain final results at the end of August, beginning of September or October.
Only 48.8% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Given those statistics, Biden also spent the rest of the town hall trying to convince more unvaccinated Americans to get the jab.
President Biden addressed questions about children and the COVID-19 vaccine at a town hall on Wednesday, but declined to give an exact timeline for those under the age of 12. “I do not tell any scientist what they should do. I do not interfere,” he said. https://t.co/QgrdVWDI1T pic.twitter.com/DjEhhzuuyT
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That message comes with urgency amid a rise in coronavirus cases dealing with the delta variant. The number of cases has tripled in the U.S. in recent weeks.
According to recent reports from the CDC, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are about 96 percent effective against the delta variant.