Fauci hopes FDA will approve COVID shots for kids under 5

By Art Moore

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. (Official White House photo by D. Myles Cullen)

Despite the federal government data and the acknowledgment of health officials that healthy children are statistically at zero risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19, that the vaccines don’t prevent infection or transmission of the virus, and that the current omicron variant presents with mild symptoms, White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said he hopes the Food and Drug Administration will approve Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine for children under 5 years old in the next month.

Further, Fauci said three vaccine doses likely will be needed, because Pfizer found in its clinical trials in children ages 2 to 4 that two shots did not induce an adequate immune response.

In stark contrast, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist said this week that healthy children and adolescents don’t need COVID-19 vaccine booster doses.

“There is no evidence right now that healthy children or healthy adolescents need boosters. No evidence at all,” said Soumya Swaminathan at a news briefing Tuesday.

Pfizer plans to submit data to the Food and Drug Administration in the first half of 2022 if the three-dose study proves successful, CNBC reported.

Fauci said in an interview Wednesday with Blue Star Families that he hopes the FDA will grant approval “within the next month or so and not much later than that, but I can’t guarantee that.”

“I can’t out guess the FDA. I’m going to have to leave that to them,” he said.

CNBC reported it received a statement from Fauci clarifying that he’s not involved in the FDA’s decision-making process and didn’t know when the agency will approve the shots for young children.

“I did not at all mean to imply that the authorization would come within a month,” Fauci said in an emailed statement. “I meant that we do not know. … I am not involved in that decision.”

‘No benefit for your children’
In December, Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of the mRNA technology behind the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, issued a video statement explaining why more than 15,000 physicians and medical scientists around the world have signed a declaration that healthy children should not be vaccinated for COVID-19.

Malone said there is “no benefit for your children or your family to be vaccinating your children against the small risks of the virus, given the known health risks of the vaccine that as a parent, you and your children may have to live with for the rest of their lives.”

An MIT scientist warned this week of possible long-term damage to the brain from COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, saying it’s likely there will be an “alarming” rise in several major neurodegenerative diseases.

Further, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla acknowledged earlier this month that two doses of his vaccine “offer very limited protection, if any” against omicron. And he said the mRNA vaccines “don’t have the safety profile that we hoped we can achieve with this technology.” Pfizer is working on a new vaccine to target omicron that he hopes will be ready by March.

Preliminary results released this week of a landmark Israeli study conducted over the past month found that a fourth Pfizer booster shot is only partially effective in protecting against the omicron variant. A German government report found more than 95% of reported cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant in the country were in vaccinated individuals.

Last week, the European Union’s top health agency warned that getting boosted every four months could harm the immune system’s ability to fight off the disease. The European Medicines Agency advised countries instead to mirror the seasonal influenza vaccination strategy tied to the onset of the cold season. And the WHO said in a statement last week that a vaccination strategy based on repeated booster doses of the original COVID-19 vaccines is unlikely to be appropriate or sustainable.

‘This signals the end of the pandemic’
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters earlier this month she saw no indication that omicron was causing more severe illness in children. And research indicated that the delta variant did not make kids sicker compared with previous variants.

CNBC noted in its report Wednesday that real-world data from the U.S., U.K. and South Africa indicates omicron causes less severe illness in adults.

On Wednesday, after the models upon which he based his policies proved to be “wildly incorrect,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the lifting of COVID-19 vaccine passports, mask mandates and work-from-home guidance in England.

And countering the pessimism of Fauci, former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb said Tuesday there is hope the coronavirus pandemic will be over soon.

Average daily COVID-19 cases had fallen at least 10% in the previous week in the United States, and Gottlieb believes that if the virus continues on its present course, it likely will become endemic soon.

“I think the base case is that this signals the end of the pandemic phase of this virus,” Gottlieb told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

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