The European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for use in children aged 5 to 11 on Thursday. This is the first time that EU regulators have approved the use of Covid vaccine for young children.
In a statement issued by the EMA, the drug regulatory agency stated that it has “It is recommended to extend the indications [Pfizer] The Covid-19 vaccine Comirnaty will be used in children between 5 and 11 years of age. “
This is the first time that EU regulators have given the green light for Covid vaccination for this age group, allowing European governments to start vaccinating millions of school children, as countries are seeking to limit the impact of the new wave of infections on the European continent.
Before the EMA’s decision, some countries have instructed their national drug regulatory agencies to explore the provision of Pfizer vaccines to children as young as 5 years old. The French Minister of Health Olivier Veran has asked the country’s medical ethics committee to explore expanding the scope of vaccination, while Ireland’s Taoisach Michael Martin (Micheal Martin) differs from the country’s advisory committee, saying the government is ready and waiting for children vaccination.
The EMA’s ruling was made after Pfizer and BioNTech submitted a request to EMA to expand the delivery of their mRNA injections to young children. A study was conducted as early as September showing that children between 5 and 11 years old Has a strong immune response.
Although some countries are waiting for the approval of the EMA and the decision of the national regulatory agency, Austria has begun to vaccinate young children amid the surge in Covid cases, which has forced the country to re-enter a national lockdown.
After the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a warning that more than 2 million people across Europe may die from the new crown virus (Covid) in the winter, Pfizer vaccine was able to be introduced to young children.
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