France – Pfizer approved for vaccination of children aged 5-11

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The French High Regulatory Authority (HAS) today approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 for all children aged 5-11.

The vaccine, which will be given to pediatric patients when it becomes widely available, has been shown to be very effective in children, said Liz Alter, one of the doctors tasked with assessing the risk of the new drugs.

“HAS recommends that all parents who wish to be able to vaccinate their children aged 5-11,” he added.

Children with medical problems

Last week, France began vaccinating children aged 5-11 with medical problems that require special protection and stepped up logistical support for all children in this age group as soon as HAS approved the move.

French President Emmanuel Macron said last week that he was in favor of vaccinating children, but added that the issue should remain a decision of the parents.

What will Omicron bring?

“With the advent of the Omicron variant, which is more contagious than the Delta variant, we can expect an increase in severe forms. [της ασθένειας] “to children with pre-existing medical problems,” Alter said.

Since the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of a lower dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the 5-11 age group last month, several countries in the European Union have started vaccinating children in this age group.

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