Thanks to both the US Food and Drug Administration and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the COVID-19 drug is now available to children as young as six months to 4 years of age. First, the FDA approved the drug made by Pfizer and Moderna, only for CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky to sign off on the jab on Saturday. Currently, the new emergency use authorization made the drug available for over 17 million children. And while Dr. Anthony Fauci was sure to release a video warning about the dangers of the coronavirus, President Joe Biden spoke from the Roosevelt Room today and also cautioned about what he was labeling the “second pandemic.”

Before taking questions from the press, President Biden was sure to make a statement about the new authorization, claiming, “this is a very historic milestone, a monumental step forward. The United States is now the first country in the world to offer safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months old. In the first time in our fight against this pandemic, nearly every American can now have access to lifesaving vaccines. And we’re ready.”

But when it came time for questions, the President shifted to asking for more money as he was asked, “Mr. President, are you accounting — I know you’re looking for more money from Congress for this vaccine campaign and for COVID funding going into the fall. How much of the supply of vaccines for these small children is there? And how many of the nation’s kids will you be able to get vaccinated before you need more money from Congress?”

The President answered, “Well, we’ll get through at least this year. We do need more money. But we don’t just need more money for vaccines for children. Eventually, we need more money to plan for the second pandemic. There’s going to be another pandemic. We have to think ahead. And that’s not something the last outfit did very well. That’s something we’ve been doing fairly well. That’s why we need the money. Thank you all very much.”

As any Biden speech, it wouldn’t be complete without a few stumbles and fumbles. In the video below, Amtrak Joe appeared confused about the new age range for the drug. “And finally COVID-19 vaccinations for children uh uh over five years of age. Finally, some peace of mind, you know this is uh our should I say under five years we got over five years but over five months to fa fa six months to five years.”

Users online shared their opinion, with one writing, “As a physician agree 100% parents with their doctor have the right to assess risk here especially since herd immunity has certainly been met. Recent data has shown the risk of COVID to children is minimal. More children die from the influenza virus. This vaccine is unproven, and not enough data as to long-term risk is available. Where’s the available therapeutics?” 

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This piece was written by Zach Heilman on June 21, 2022. It originally appeared in and is used by permission

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