How new Pfizer results for children could affect vaccine timeline for kids

Doctor Ashish Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, discusses the news about the vaccine being 100% effective in children 12 through 15.
2:27 | 03/31/21

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old, George. Okay, Stephanie, thanks very much. Let's bring in Dr. Ashish jha. Dr. Jha, thanks for joining us. Big news. It's really big news, it's exciting. I'm obvious thrilled. Look, this is like a high level of efficacy. 100% of kids vaccinated, no side effects we're seeing so far so we got to have the fda do the full evaluation but I think this is terrific. They'll do the full evaluation but is this really enough? This study for them to move forward? You know, I think it is, George, part of it is now we've had tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands, kids 16 and 17 who have gotten vaccinated already and have had young dulls get vaccinated. It's not being looked at in a vax couple. This just adds to that so I think it's going to be enough for the fda to expand its authorization to people 12 and older but we'll have to see. Should that happen by September for the new school year? I think it will happen. I think we're going to have plenty of vaccines that kids 12 to 16 will be able to get vaccinated this summer. That's my expectation. And we'll see about younger kid, of course, but for 12 and older pretty doable by September, I think. Finding out of the state of Washington, they're finding 100 people reported after taking the vaccine they may have covid-like how big a concern is this ask. We've got to explore this a bit further. Until you're fully vaccinated you're still vulnerable. These vaccines will not be 100%, 95% effective. When you think about 100 million being vaccinated we'll expect to see hundreds if not even thousands over time still get infected. I want to see if they're getting really sick, hospitalized. Not totally unexpected. We've been living with this for the last several weeks seeing all this good news on the vaccine front, the vaccines are ramping up all across the country but so are cases. Yeah, that's the challenge we're in right now, these variants are here as we've been predicting. The uk variant is now dominant across the country. I think the vaccines are going to win this race and get enough vaccinated to get this under control but it's another four weeks or so and want to make sure we stray careful until Dr. Jha, thanks for your time and information. We turn to an emotional day of testimony in day two of the

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