Former FDA Chief Gottlieb says 10M+ teens could be vaccinated by beginning of school year

FILE - In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a shot as a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., gets underway in Binghamton, N.Y. On Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, a panel of independent experts is meeting to discuss a vaccine made by Moderna. The panel's review for the Food and Drug Administration is the next-to-last step before the agency decides whether the shots can be used on an emergency basis. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

FILE – In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccination shot developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

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The former FDA chief under the Trump administration, Scott Gottlieb, predicted the Biden administration will start vaccinating teens.

On Sunday, Gottlieb said Pfizer is pressing the FDA to let them vaccinate minors between 12 and 15-years old. He estimated that around 5 million children would kick off the vaccine efforts and health officials would inoculate 7 million more before the beginning of the school year.

“There’s a lot of effort underway right now to try to break the vaccine down into units that can be distributed to doctors’ offices to allow pediatricians to provide those vaccinations,” Gottlieb explained. “And I think that’s ultimately the way we’re going to get more kids vaccinated.”

Gottlieb believes getting vaccines to pediatricians is the best way to get kids inoculated rather than by mass vaccination sites and pharmacies.

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