White House Announces Vaccination Plans for Younger Children

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JOHN WHYTE: Welcome, everyone.

You're watching Coronavirus

successful Context.

I'm Doctor John White, the Chief

Medical Officer astatine WebMD.

So who precisely needs boosters

and when?

When are we really going

to spot a vaccine for kids?

And should you hold arsenic a parent

for a small while

erstwhile they're available?

And then, what's the timeline

for antivirals?

When are we going to get more

effectual treatments?

Well, joining maine contiguous to answer

each these questions that I know

are connected your mind,

you've been penning in,

is my bully friend

and the editor-in-chief

of Medscape, Doctor Eric Topol.

Doc Topol, it's large to spot you



to beryllium with you, John.

JOHN WHYTE: I privation to commencement off

with boosters.

And tin you interruption it down

for our assemblage successful presumption of who

truly needs them, is it

8 months, is it six months?

We've heard antithetic things.

What's the subject that can

usher listeners to say,

hey, I request to get a booster.

ERIC TOPOL: All right.

Well, there's hard data.

There's lone 1 spot and one

vaccine, which is Israel.

It's implicit 1.1 cardinal Israelis

implicit property 60, 60 oregon above,

and they had unequivocal benefit

from the booster

of the 3rd shot.

The waning of the benefit

of the vaccine started astir 4

and 1/2, 5 months.

Clearly, it was determination astatine six

months and conscionable kept growing.

So that group, 60 and older,

irrespective of whether there's

different wellness issues,

deserves to get a 3rd shot

of Pfizer.

Now, the question

is, some different vaccines,

similar Moderna oregon J&J,

and besides different property groups

and different indications

beyond conscionable 60 and above.

We person respective pieces of data

astir Moderna and J&J

that shows that that's going

to request a booster astatine immoderate point.

And successful fact, the problem

is there's nary Israel retired there

to springiness america the data.

So we should person it successful the US,

and we don't.

And that's a problem.

And we person truthful galore people

with Moderna and J&J vaccines.

There was, arsenic you know,

John, a MMWR that showed the J&J

antibodies aft conscionable a matter

of weeks from the vaccine.

And they were truly rather low

compared to the Moderna

and Pfizer.

So I would deliberation we should have

called retired for the radical who

got the one

and done to get the 2nd shot,

whether it's either Pfizer

oregon Moderna.

We person these purists that want

to hold for this data

that we're not going to have

for specified a agelong time.

The occupation present is we're

leaving radical vulnerable.


ERIC TOPOL: All of this

was a 3rd changeable story

from the beginning.

The lone question was, when

would the 3rd changeable be



ERIC TOPOL: That I deliberation it's

becoming progressively clear

that each these vaccines,

whether it's 5 months, seven

oregon 8 months, a 3rd shot

is going to beryllium part

of the programme to get

the afloat vaccine effectiveness.

I deliberation that's wherever we're


JOHN WHYTE: Yeah, but is there

going to beryllium a 4th shot,

a 5th shot, a sixth shot?

I mean, does it halt astatine three?

ERIC TOPOL: I anticipation not.

But I deliberation the world is

that we're relying excessively much

connected neutralizing antibodies

to transportation america through,

peculiarly this Delta period

wherever it's truthful hyperinfectious.

So it's a cleanable storm.

You person some the waning

of time, past you have

this hypertransmissible variant.

Now erstwhile we get down to low

circulating levels of virus,

which I anticipation we'll get

successful the adjacent term, past this

won't be

arsenic important a problem.

Now, that besides volition have

an influence

connected consequent boosters.

If we execute containment,

the inferior of boosters,

erstwhile a twelvemonth let's say,

volition beryllium of little significance.

Plus, there's a possibility

that we get a overmuch better


That is due to the fact that the spacing

successful the US was truthful limited.

That is, 3 weeks for Pfizer,

4 weeks for Moderna.

It should person been astatine slightest six

to 8 weeks.

So if we commencement the idea

that we're going to get a far

amended representation of B and T-cells,

that mightiness assistance forestall the need

for 4th and 5th shots


JOHN WHYTE: All right.

Well, let's speech astir what

different radical are talking about.

And what they're talking

astir is, I got Moderna,

I got J&J, truthful tin I get Pfizer

successful San Francisco?

Some different studies person allowed


Some experts are suggesting

it really mightiness beryllium a bully idea

if you got Moderna and J&J

to really get

a antithetic vaccine.

And arsenic you constituent out,

determination are the purists retired there

saying, oh, no, we person to wait

for the data.

No mixing and matching.

What's your proposal to folks that

are listening

and that are worried?

ERIC TOPOL: I privation we had more

and amended data.

So we bash person for AstraZeneca,

which is simply a adjacent cousin

to the Johnson and Johnson.

And there, if you had

that vaccine,

the adenoviral vector, and then

you've got an mRNA vaccine,

either Moderna oregon Pfizer,

the immune effect was the best

we could get

from immoderate combinations

of vaccines, including 2 mRNA

vaccines oregon 2 AstraZeneca.

So if you extrapolate that, I do

hold that if you had J&J, you

really-- it would beryllium omniscient to get

a Pfizer oregon Moderna

arsenic your 2nd shot.

JOHN WHYTE: What astir if you

got Moderna?

ERIC TOPOL: Yeah, if you got

Moderna, I think, it doesn't

astir apt matter.

I mean, remember, you're well

alert of the dose of the mRNA is

triple successful the Moderna as

compared to Pfizer.


ERIC TOPOL: Are actually

a small spot much than that.

So if you get Pfizer,

but for that dose

and the spacing,

it's pretty

adjacent to interchangeable.

I can't ideate getting the shot

that doesn't travel the lane

of Moderna oregon Pfizer

makes that large a deal.

But the booster that Moderna has

applied for erstwhile it formally

is EU aid

is for 50, fractional the dose of what

it used--

JOHN WHYTE: A little dose, right.


So that whitethorn trim the side

effects, which initially, there

was somewhat accrued side

effects with Moderna arsenic compared

to Pfizer.

JOHN WHYTE: But here's where

the disorder that I anticipation you

tin assistance clarify for folks.

So we're saying folks need

boosters, past we person the CDC

director, accidental walk, not

run, to get a booster,

due to the fact that you're protected

from terrible disease.

And immoderate volition reason that's what

vaccinations truly are supposed

to do.

So however important is it to get it

astatine six months?

Can you hold 9 months,

a year?

I mean, it should it

beryllium connected your precedence database to-do

this autumn and winter.

ERIC TOPOL: If you're

60 and over,

I would accidental it should be

connected your precedence database to-do

arsenic you attack six months.

Because the longer you wait, the

much vulnerable.

That is, if you're

retired and about,

you're going to have

immoderate exposure.

The much exposures you have,

yet it's

cumulative successful presumption of the risk

of the infection.

The constituent present is that this is

the ultimate, that is,

prevention of hospitalizations.

This is not conscionable preventing

symptomatic infections,

the terrible illness.

So that's wherever the older age

group, it's truly important

abbreviated of property 60.

Then we're talking

astir infections,

symptomatic infection.

The accidental that you're going

to truly block

hospitalizations, astatine least

from the information we person close now,

is not astir arsenic impressive.


I privation to determination to kids 5 to 12.

That's what everyone is talking

astir arsenic well.

And I'm not going to inquire you

erstwhile you deliberation it's going to be


What I privation to speech astir what

we cognize truthful acold and we don't have

each the information.

But we cognize it's astir 2,200

kids successful that full property range

of 5 to 12.

So not a batch of kids

studied implicit 2 months.

How acrophobic are you about

bash we person capable information successful terms

of looking astatine safety

and efficacy for kids

5 done 11?

ERIC TOPOL: Yeah, truthful we're

talking astir the trial

of Pfizer which usage a third

of the dose arsenic successful adults

and teens.

So it's alternatively of 30

micrograms, it's 10 micrograms.

Now, it was a 2 to 1

randomization, truthful 2/3

of the 2,200

oregon backmost successful 1,500 children

got the vaccine.

So what tin you accidental astir that?

Well, determination was a bully antibody


So that's good.

There were nary important safety

problems that were encountered,

that's good.

You can't truly talk

astir uncommon broadside effects.

So we saw successful teens

the myocarditis propped up

successful 1 successful tens of thousands

of kids.

And we can't truly accidental that

much, due to the fact that you lone have

1,500 arsenic a denominator.

Most likely, though,

due to the fact that these doses are truthful low,

already we started

with a vaccine that had much

little dose than Moderna.

Now, we've taken 1 third

of that.

So the chances of getting

these uncommon broadside effects are low.

But we'll cognize overmuch much once

that programme gets going,

due to the fact that precise rapidly parents are

precise anxious to get their kids


truthful they don't person problems

with school.

And we'll wrong weeks

if there's going to be

immoderate uncommon broadside effect if it's

going to harvest up.

I uncertainty it, but it's possible.

JOHN WHYTE: But what bash you do

for an 11 and 1/2-year-old,


So the 12-year-old is getting

the afloat dose that each adult

got arsenic portion of the Pfizer.

Yet, they're getting a third

of the dose, successful theory,

depending upon what happens

with authorization oregon approval,

of idiosyncratic six months older

than they are?

ERIC TOPOL: Yeah, well,

bully question.

I mean, you spell with the plan.

The program is that you get

a bully immune response,

and it's astir apt bully enough.

I think, we ever larn more.

You made a precise astute qualifier

astir the 2 months.

That is, these information are two

months, just

similar the archetypal vaccines

for adults.

And that we'll lone larn about

whether that dose is short

for the 11 and 1/2-year-old

arsenic we look astatine information six months

and a twelvemonth from now.

So it's hard to know.

JOHN WHYTE: But the trial

for adults was astir 40,000

radical astir the world

and aggregate trials were done.

We're talking astir 2,200 kids.

We were talking earlier we came

connected astir MMWR, Morbidity

and Mortality Weekly Report,

that the CDC puts out--

and we'll amusement it connected screen--

wherever it talks

astir hospitalizations successful kids

and adolescents

passim the pandemic.

It's been successful the news,

particularly astir the increase

successful the number

of hospitalizations for kids

done the past couple

of months.

But the world is, erstwhile we look

astatine the graph,

for 5 to 11-year-olds they're

the radical that person the lowest

hospitalization rate, including

compared to kids younger

than five.

So the appraisal has been

by immoderate people.

I privation to perceive your thoughts

connected it that, hey, Dr. Topol, this

isn't a existent nationalist health

exigency successful wherever exigency use

authorization powers are


Sure, we don't privation kids to be


We don't privation kids to die

of a illness that could be


But are we moving excessively accelerated arsenic we

speech astir vaccination successful kids?

ERIC TOPOL: Well, there's

antithetic ways to look astatine this.

To accidental that the crushed to have

a wide vaccination program

successful young kids

is to artifact hospitalizations is

astir apt not the superior motive,

but rather, to interruption the chain

of transmission.

So if you're trying to break

the concatenation of transmission,

you privation to get 85%,

90% of the population


And so, kids are a portion of it,

they're a vector

successful this full process.

I mean, there's certainly

a conduit of getting

transmission to different kids

and adults, household members,

and household contacts, et


So this is an issue.

Now, we bash know,

arsenic you've seen

from the Children's Hospitals

Association and American Academy

of Ped, we conscionable person coming down

from the highest


and hospitalized

successful the full pandemic because

of Delta.

And this is the problem,

we're not talking astir waning

of immunity.

We're talking astir due to the fact that it

had a truly hypertransmissible


Now, if, let's say,

we get Delta contained really

well, which doesn't look

peculiarly sanguine,

but let's accidental it does,

successful the weeks ahead.

Well then, the urgency

is different.

But if we are inactive looking

astatine 90,000 cases a day,

precocious children involvement,

and past all

of these hospitalizations,

did not assistance to interruption this chain

and to support kids,

due to the fact that immoderate of them

bash get hospitalized.

And you saw

the pediatric hospitals

successful the Southeast, the ICUs were


The worst concern we've had

successful the full epidemic,

and erstwhile there's vaccinations


So my consciousness is that this urgency

is wherever we are now.

If we are capable to execute very

debased levels of cases,

it's a antithetic story.

It's a circulating virus,

not conscionable successful the country

but successful a peculiar location, is

a precise important determinant

of this decision.

The different happening is, if you're

a reluctant parent,

you're disquieted astir side

effects, you could conscionable wait

a fewer weeks to spot what's going

connected retired there.

We'll know--

JOHN WHYTE: Well, everyone can't

hold a fewer weeks, though.

To beryllium fair.

If we each arsenic parents say,

we're going to hold a fewer weeks,


ERIC TOPOL: There are truthful many

anxious parents, you don't have

to worry.

You don't person to worry.

But actually, I think,

it's perfectly reasonable

to spell ahead.

But John, I deliberation we could be

looking at--

this is going to beryllium probably

precocious October oregon aboriginal November

astatine the champion to get the spell ahead.

We could beryllium looking astatine a much,

hopefully, I mean,

I'm the optimist arsenic you know,

a much favorable concern where

it's not specified an urgent issue.


Well, 1 metrics that makes us

a small discouraged, Dr. Topol,

is the complaint of vaccinations

implicit the past mates of months.

We person slowed down

dramatically, and we cognize there

is simply a batch of hesitancy.

Where are we connected antivirals?

Where are we connected truly good

treatments successful the form

of a pill?

I mean, we person injections,

subcutaneous infusions, successful terms

of monoclonal antibodies,

we person immoderate benefit

of Remdesivir, but we really

don't person a elemental pill.

But there's

immoderate encouraging news

astir that.

What's your perspective

connected the availability soon

of immoderate benignant of antiviral

to dainty astir cases of COVID?


Though, this is really

important, due to the fact that it goes back

to the earlier things

you were bringing up.

It's astir however are we going

to request 4th boosters,

5th shots, and whatnot?

If we had truly bully antivirals

that you could have

successful your medicine cabinet

oregon transportation it astir with you when

you travel,

and an vulnerability oregon at

the earliest symptoms

imaginable symptoms,

it was perfectly safe.

This would beryllium each we need.

But determination hasn't been a nearly

capable accent connected the drugs

broadside effects.

Now, Remdesivir is precise weak,

and the studies are mixed.

But determination are better

nonstop antivirals.

Remember Remdesivir was

a repurposed drug.

Now, determination are drugs that have

precise high

viral Sars-CoV-2 neutralization

that are successful objective trials.

So possibly we'll spot a pill.

But also, we person inhalation

interferon preparations that

could conscionable instrumentality a puff of that

and that would be

astatine the earliest imaginable time.

There are going to beryllium immoderate more

drugs down the--

JOHN WHYTE: But when?

People privation to cognize when.


Well, you cognize what?

I'll archer you, it would happen

a batch sooner if we'd fixed it

arsenic overmuch attention.

Ultimately, it's not going to be

conscionable a vaccine story.

It's going to involve

medications and accelerated test,

and that's however we'll eventually

unrecorded with this virus

for the years to come.

And it won't truly interfere

with our lives

arsenic it is close now.

JOHN WHYTE: As folks know,

you've been 1 of the leading

voices passim this pandemic.

Your Twitter handle-- and we'll

amusement it connected screen--

is simply a must-read for anyone that

wants to cognize the latest going

connected on COVID.

I person nary thought however you person time

to marque each these graphs

and descriptions and summaries.

But I privation to inquire you, Dr.

Topol, since you've been

progressive successful this throughout,

what's the 1 happening you might

person changed

successful the connection strategy

connected the rollout

of these vaccines?

ERIC TOPOL: Well, that's

a pugnacious one.

Thanks, John, by the way.

That's precise benignant of you.

I think, there's conscionable truthful many.

It's hard to conscionable prime one.

But I think, the occupation we had

is we didn't take

connected the anti-science vigorously

earlier adjacent the vaccines started

to spell out.

It is nuke it, you know?

That you're going to perceive this

oregon that, oregon this oregon that,

successful fact, we couldn't even

ideate what radical were going

to marque up.

That you'll go infertile,

that you would beryllium impotent--

JOHN WHYTE: Magnetized.

ERIC TOPOL: --magnetized.

Who would adjacent imagination this stuff


But what I would person done

is fundamentally hole the public,

knowing erstwhile the vaccines,

the archetypal trials came successful 95%

efficacy, what I would person been

doing is taking connected all

these entities.

This is what you'll perceive from so

and so, truthful and so,

and truthful and so, and past calling

them out.

And unfortunately, this is

the authorities we're in,

due to the fact that that ample proportion

of the country, we're talking

astir a precise important 30%

plus, they are basically


They've been-- their minds have

been inculcated

with this implicit cockamamie


And now, however bash you reverse it?

Because they're entrenched.

So I think, that would person been

the happening that if we had done

that-- and we inactive haven't done

it, by the way-- we inactive have

not called these sources out

astatine the highest levels.

JOHN WHYTE: And then, finally,

are we inactive going to beryllium talking

astir COVID successful May?

I mean, we'll inactive talk

but, hopefully, talk

astir different things.

But are we going to beryllium talking

astir COVID successful May?

ERIC TOPOL: Of 2022?

JOHN WHYTE: Hopefully, not 2023.

In 2022.

ERIC TOPOL: Yeah, no, I actually

deliberation we won't beryllium talking

astir it similar we are now.

The lone caveat would beryllium we've

got to get this containment,

truthful we don't get thing worse

than Delta.

But if we don't get something

worse than Delta, which is what

I'm surely hoping for,

we volition beryllium good.

We volition beryllium bully overmuch sooner

than that.

This thought that we person to wait

till spring

to execute containment, that's

what I deliberation that's

overly pessimistic.

We tin bash amended than that.

JOHN WHYTE: Well, Dr. Topol,

I privation to convey you for taking

the clip today.

Always providing your insight.

Everyone needs to cheque out

your Twitter feed,

and we'll cheque successful with you

evidently earlier May.

For sure.

ERIC TOPOL: I anticipation so.

John, it's ever a delight

to speech to you.

I guess, I should beryllium calling you

Dr. White, since you called me

Dr. Topol.


ERIC TOPOL: But, really, always

bask it.

Thank you.

JOHN WHYTE: Thank you.

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