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A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) panel voted unanimously Saturday to approve the COVID-19 injection for children under 5 years old.
The advisory panel voted 12-to-0 to recommend the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children under 5; three members were absent.
“We’ve taken a major step forward today,” said Dr. Oliver Brooks, one of the members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Vaccine distribution for America’s youngest children will begin as soon as CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signs off on the vote, which is expected later today.
Despite overwhelming evidence COVID-19 poses virtually no risk to children and young people, advocates for the injection insist the 18 million children in the 6-month to 5-year-old age group must take the shot for their own safety.
“This is an opportunity which one doesn’t get very often to participate in preventing the death of children, of young children,” said panel member Beth Bell, a global health professor at the University of Washington.
“Any death of course is a tragedy. The death of a young child is an incredible tragedy. We know that this disease is killing children.”
This comes on the heels of the Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorizing the COVID-19 jab for children 5 and under.
The vaccine trial data Pfizer presented to the FDA suggests not enough research was collected about the efficacy of the jab, and that some available data was outright ignored, according to British pathologist Dr. Clare Craig.
“The trial recruited 4,526 children aged from 6 months to 4 years old,” Craig explained, adding, “3,000 of these children did not make it to the end of the trial. That is a huge number, two-thirds of them. Without an answer to that, on that basis alone, this trial should be deemed null and void.”
Additionally, 34 children who received the first dose of the jab during the trial ended up contracting COVID in the three-week period between the first and second jab, versus 13 children in the placebo group, suggesting the vaccinated children had a 30% increased chance of contracting COVID.
Every state except Florida has preordered millions of shots earmarked for children, which began shipping to distribution centers on Friday after the FDA’s authorization.
In October 2021 following the FDA’s unanimous vote to authorize COVID jabs for children 5-11, a panelist let slip that children must be guinea pigs for the jab to find out how safe it is.
“We’re never gonna learn about how safe the vaccine is until we start giving it,” stated panelist Dr Eric Rubin.
Notably, an Israeli study from 2021 found that natural immunity provides better protection against COVID-19 than the shot.
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