President Biden is calling the CDC’s authorization of Pfizer’s vaccine for children age 5-11 “a turning point in our battle against COVID-19.”
“It will allow parents to end months of anxious worrying about their kids, and reduce the extent to which children spread the virus to others. It is a major step forward for our nation in our fight to defeat the virus,” Biden wrote in a statement Tuesday night after the CDC’s decision.
The President also said that his administration is prepared to meet this moment, having already secured enough vaccine doses for every child in America. Some of those doses have already been delivered to locations across the country and by the week of Nov. 8, the distribution program for these vaccines will be fully up and running according to Biden.
“A vaccine for children age 5 to 11 will allow us to build on the extraordinary progress we’ve made over the last nine months. Already, more than 78 percent of Americans age 12 and older have gotten at least one shot, including millions of teenagers — and the vaccines have proven to be incredibly safe and effective,” he concluded.