Biden says he believes kids under 12 will be able to get Covid-19 vaccines 'soon,' but it's up to scientists

July 22, 2021 at 01:50

Washington (CNN) President Joe Biden said Wednesday that children under the age of 12 could be eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine "soon," predicting that the government could green light the rollout for young Americans in the next few months.
Answering a question from CNN's Don Lemon at a CNN town hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, Biden said that it could happen "maybe in the beginning of the school year," but he stressed that he doesn't "interfere" in the science.
"The expectation -- they're not promising me any specific date -- but my expectation talking to the group of scientists we put together ... is that sometime, maybe in the beginning of the school year, at the end of August, beginning of September, October, they'll get a final approval saying the (US Food and Drug Administration) said, 'No, this is it.
It's good.'"
But while Biden predicts that could come in the coming months, Dr. Anthony Fauci offered a longer timeline on Tuesday, saying it is "very likely" that data about Covid-19 vaccines in children under 12 may be available by early winter.
"Very likely when you do the age de-escalation study -- so we've gone from 12 to nine, nine to six, six to two and then six months to two years -- likely by late fall, early winter, we'll have enough data," Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at a Senate hearing.