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Pfizer CEO: Vaccine data on ages 5-11 to be filed in days; predicts annual vaccinations

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla talks during a press conference after a visit to oversee the production of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine at the factory of US pharmaceutical company Pfizer, in Puurs, Belgium, on April 23, 2021. (JOHN THYS / POOL / AFP)
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla talks during a press conference after a visit to oversee the production of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine at the factory of US pharmaceutical company Pfizer, in Puurs, Belgium, on April 23, 2021. (JOHN THYS / POOL / AFP)

Pfizer’s CEO says, “It’s a question of days, not weeks” before the company and German partner BioNTech submit data to US regulators for federal authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine for children age 5 to 11.

That would be an important step toward starting vaccinations for those youngsters, especially with kids back in school in many countries and the Delta variant resulting in a big jump in pediatric infections.

Pfizer said last week that its vaccine works for that age group and that it tested a much lower dose of the vaccine that is already available for those who are 12 and older. The company said that after children age 5 to 11 got their second dose during testing, they developed coronavirus-fighting antibody levels just as strong as teenagers and young adults getting the regular-strength shots.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla says that if the Food and Drug Administration approves the company’s application, “we will be ready with our manufacturing to provide this new formulation of the vaccine.”

And when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic, he tells ABC’s “This Week” that, within a year, “I think we will be able to come back to normal life. I don’t think that this means that variants will not be continuing coming. And I don’t think that this means that we should be able to live our lives… without having vaccinations, basically.”

Bourla also says, “We will have vaccines that… will last at least a year,” and that “the most likely scenario, it is annual revaccinations.”

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