WASHINGTON, May 22 – White House response co-ordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said on Sunday he was awaiting a decision from the US Food and Drug Administration to approve Moderna’s (MRNA.O) vaccine for children under five in the next few weeks.
Moderna has finalized its application and FDA experts are reviewing the data, said Jha to ABC expert advisors.
“So my hope is that it will come in the next few weeks,” he said.
Jha said he expected more monopoly cases in the next few days, but said the United States was well equipped to control the virus because the drugs and vaccines were available.
The massive outbreak of monkeypox outside Africa, where it is commonly found, has caused concern for health professionals. There have been 92 confirmed cases in HIV-negative areas – mainly in Europe – and one in the United States.
“I hope we will be able to keep our arms around,” said Jha, “but we will monitor you closely and use the tools we have to ensure that we continue to prevent further spread and take care of infected people.”