Moderna, Pfizer seek clearance of pediatric omicron booster

Less than a month after federal regulators authorized Moderna and Pfizer's modified COVID-19 boosters for emergency use, the vaccine-makers are looking for the FDA's OK on their pediatric version. 

Moderna submitted an emergency use authorization request Sept. 23 for its bivalent, omicron-targeted boosters for 12- to 17-year-olds and 6- to 11-year-olds, the company tweeted. Pfizer followed three days later with its application for 5- to 11-year-olds. 

Currently, Moderna's updated booster shot is authorized for adults 18 and older, and Pfizer's option is authorized for ages 12 and up. As of Sept. 21, 4.4 million people — or about 1.5 percent of the U.S. population that's eligible for the new booster — have received the updated booster. 

In another tweet, Moderna said it plans to seek authorization for its omicron booster for children as young as 6 months old by the end of 2022. Pfizer did not give a projected date for its tweaked booster for the youngest population, but the drugmaker has a phase 1/2/3 clinical study underway testing it.


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