National Institute of Health Director Francis Collins, who was appointed by former President Obama, told Fox News’ “Your World” on Monday that he believes young children should get the vaccine whether it is mandated for them or not.
This comes as New York City-based Pfizer plans to submit data to the Food and Drug Administration which they say will demonstrate that a smaller dose of its two-part shot should be safe and effective for kids ages 5-11.
Speaking with host Sandra Smith, Collins said, “This is good news, but it’s still a press release. Pfizer has to now submit their data to FDA for scrutiny to see that safety and efficacy is what they say. What they said today looks really good. It’s one-third the dose of the vaccine [and] gives an antibody response that’s equivalent to what you see in 16-25-year-olds. So we’re on the right track.”
“The side effects seem to be quite reasonable. But let’s be clear. FDA will review this. They’ll have to have an advisory committee. They’ll have a public meeting. These are kids so they want all the data out there for people to see,” Collins said.
He added that parents of kids older than 11 should still be seeking out vaccines, claiming that half of the parents in the country who fit that description have already done so.
(Video: Fox News)
“As far as the mandate, we haven’t done that for older kids. It will be up to parents. I sure hope parents, seeing the data, having the chance when the FDA has a public meeting, say this is something I want for my kids to keep them from getting sick and keep our schools in the place they need to be. Kids need to be in school. This is one more way to make sure that happens,” said Collins, whose Bethesda, MD-based NIH oversees the NIAID led by White House adviser Dr. Anthony S. Fauci.
Smith later asked Collins whether kids should still have to wear masks after getting the vaccine if the Pfizer shot is approved for students of all ages.
“It depends on whether the rest of us do what we need to do to drive this terrible delta surge away, which means getting the rest of the people who still aren’t vaccinated, like some of the parents of these kids, to roll up their sleeves,” Collins said.
Again, it comes back to the unvaccinated as the root cause of any sickness on Planet Earth now.
“It’s not just going to be enough to vaccinate the little kids. The data is so compelling that these vaccines are safe and effective. It just boggles my mind that we still have 75 million people in the U.S. that have not rolled up their sleeve.”
Smith also asked Collins about the recent news that the FDA had contradicted President Biden in his insistence that booster shots are necessary for all Americans. The geneticist made the same tired declaration heard so many times from those who have been given the power to oversee the U.S. response to the COVID pandemic, that he is a scientist and not a politician.
It was revealed just recently that the six-foot social distancing rule that has been applied since March of 2020 and dictated by the science was completely arbitrary and useless as a means of protection against airborne virus particles.
“What you are seeing right now is exactly what you would want. The science is guiding the decision. The science is changing week after week. We’re going to keep changing the recommendations. But you can trust the fact that the people who are looking at this are looking at it from the perspective of, ‘what does the science tell us’,” Collins said.
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