Moderna Seeks to Be First With COVID Shots for Littlest Kids

Moderna is seeking to be the first to offer a COVID-19 vaccine for the youngest American children, as it asked the Food and Drug Administration Thursday to clear low-dose shots for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Frustrated families are waiting impatiently for a chance to protect the nation’s littlest kids as people shed masks and other public health precautions while highly contagious coronavirus mutants continue to spread. Already about three-quarters of children of all ages have shown signs they’ve been infected at some point during the pandemic.

Moderna submitted data to the Food and Drug Administration that it hopes will prove two low-dose shots can protect children younger than 6, although the effectiveness wasn’t nearly as high in kids tested during the omicron surge than it was earlier in the pandemic.

“There is an important unmet medical need here with these youngest kids,” Dr. Paul Burton, Moderna’s chief medical officer, told The Associated Press. Two kid-size shots “will safely protect them. I think it is likely that over time they will need additional doses. But we’re working on that.”

Source: Voice of America

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