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Tucson doctor reacts to new Pfizer data on teen vaccine trial in youth

Doctor says data looks promising
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Posted at 7:07 PM, Mar 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-01 16:06:47-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — On Wednesday, Pfizer announced that their COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial in young people between 12 and 15 years old is 100% effective in fighting the coronavirus. Banner University Medical Center Pediatrician Dr. Nathan Price says the new data is good news in the fight against the spread of the virus.

“I think it's super exciting, assuming this all works out the way we hope it will. I think this will be super helpful in getting this pandemic under control. We know our teenagers are part of that chain of transmission for infection and if we can get them vaccinated safely and effectively it can go a long way,” Price said.

KGUN 9 also asked Dr. Price about effectiveness against the variants emerging across the country.

“I haven’t seen anything specifically for these children, so far the data out there seems like the vaccine is pretty reliable, but we have to wait to see how it pans out in the end,” Price said.

As for availability, the pharmaceutical company is expected to ask for emergency use authorization from the FDA in the coming weeks. Peer reviews and research on the data are also part of the process.

“It’s a really good step forward and if the FDA approves this and says yes, this looks safe and effective, then I think it’s a good thing to do. I’m actually planning to vaccinate my own kids as soon as I can once these vaccines get approved,” Price said.

Pfizer says of the 2,260 adolescent participants 1,131 who received the vaccine were able to safely tolerate the doses during the trial the rest received the placebo. The company’s current vaccine being used in the U.S. is only approved for those 16 and older.

“It seems like it is safe and effective for the children that they evaluated here. So far, the data that’s out there seems like the vaccine should be pretty reliable, although we have to see how it all pans out in the end,” Price said.