Thursday, December 2, 2021

Pfizer-BioNTech ask EU agency to OK vaccine for kids 5-11

BERLIN (AP) – Pharmaceutical company Pfizer and biotechnology company BioNTech said on Friday they have requested to license their coronavirus vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 across the European Union. If EU regulators agree, this would be the first opportunity for young children in Europe to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Pfizer and BioNTech said they submitted data to the European Medicines Agency, which includes results from a late-stage trial of their COVID-19 vaccine, in more than 2,200 children aged 6 months to 11 years. Children received a lower dose than would normally be given to adults.

The companies said in a statement that the results showed a “strong immune response” in children and that the vaccine was also found to be safe. There are currently no COVID-19 vaccines licensed for use in children under 12 years of age in Europe or North America; Made by Pfizer-BioNtech and Moderna are authorized in the European Union for children 12 years of age and older.

Earlier this month, Pfizer and BioNTech asked the US Food and Drug Administration to flag their vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

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The availability of the vaccine for nearly 28 million more American children was seen as another milestone in the fight against the virus and comes amid an alarming increase in serious infections among youth due to the extra-infectious delta variant.

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In the United States, COVID-19 has killed at least 520 children so far, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Much of Europe’s adult population is already immunised, with many countries having an increasing incidence of the disease among children, while schools are mostly open and sometimes operating with little guidance on wearing masks and social distancing.

The World Health Organization has said that vaccinating children was not a priority because they are very unlikely to develop serious illness or die from COVID-19. The health agency has repeatedly urged richer countries to share their doses with poorer countries so that the world’s vulnerable populations can be vaccinated, rather than increasing household eligibility.

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