Pfizer expects updated COVID-19 vaccine data for kids under 5 by April

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Pfizer Inc. expects the latest results from a clinical trial for kids under the age of 5 of the COVID-19 vaccine it developed with Germany's BioNTech SE by April, a top company scientist said on Wednesday.

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"The study has been amended to give a third dose to everybody who's less than five at least eight weeks after their last vaccination," Dr. Alejandra Gurtman, a Pfizer vaccine researcher said at a meeting of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). 

In this Oct. 5, 2021, file photo a healthcare worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

She said the company aims to have data for the age group by the end of March or the beginning of April.

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In December, Pfizer said it was changing the design of the trial because children between the ages of 2 and 4 who were given two 3-microgram doses of the vaccine did not have the same immune response that a larger dose of the vaccine generated in older children. 

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Gurtman also said the company was studying a third dose of its vaccine in children ages 5 to 11, six months after their second dose.

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The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is authorized in the United States for people age 5 and older. 

On Wednesday, ACIP backed booster shots of the vaccine for ages 12 to 15.

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