Pfizer to hunt Well being Canada approval for COVID-19 vaccine use in youngsters 12-15 inside weeks


2021-04-12 00:33:37

Pharmaceutical big Pfizer is planning to submit the required paperwork to Well being Canada “within the subsequent couple of weeks” to hunt approval for its COVID-19 vaccine for use in kids between the ages of 12 and 15, an organization spokesperson has confirmed.

In an e-mail to World Information on Sunday, Pfizer spokesperson Christina Antoniou, mentioned the corporate is “at the moment engaged on our submission supporting using the vaccine in 12-15 yr olds.”

“We plan to file this submission to Well being Canada within the subsequent couple of weeks,” the e-mail learn.

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On Friday, Pfizer and its German companion BioNTech requested vaccine regulators within the U.S. to increase the emergency use authorization of its COVID-19 to incorporate adolescents between the ages of 12 and 15.

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Late final month, the drugmakers mentioned their vaccine was discovered to be secure, efficient and produced sturdy antibody responses in 12 to 15-year-olds in a scientific trial.

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COVID-19 vaccine youth trial outcomes are ‘very encouraging,’ in line with Calgary pediatrician – Mar 31, 2021

The businesses mentioned greater than 2,200 adolescents between 12 and 15 participated within the trial.

A complete of 18 circumstances of the coronavirus have been recognized within the group that was given a placebo shot, however no infections have been declared within the group that was given the COVID-19 vaccine.

In an announcement, Pfizer chairman and chief govt Albert Bourla mentioned he hoped vaccinations of the group might start earlier than the following college yr.

What has Well being Canada mentioned?

Well being Canada green-lit the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine again in December of 2020. Nevertheless, it is just accepted to be used in these aged 16 and older.

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In accordance with the company’s web site, the vaccine’s “security and effectiveness in folks youthful than 16 years of age haven’t but been established.”

To date, no COVID-19 vaccines have been accepted to be used in kids below 16 in Canada.

In accordance with the Well being Canada web site, as of Wednesday, a complete of 6,550,032 of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines have been delivered throughout the nation.

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In an e-mail to World Information on Sunday, a spokesperson for Well being Canada confirmed the company had “not but obtained a submission” from Pfizer for approval of it’s COVID-19 vaccine use in youngsters.

Final month Well being Canada’s chief medical adviser Dr. Supriya Sharma, mentioned it’s “probably” the vaccine from Pfizer, “if all the information is okay, would be the first” vaccine accepted to be used in kids in Canada.

Sharma mentioned Well being Canada will evaluate the entire knowledge “to guarantee that these vaccines are secure, efficient and naturally, of top quality and can be utilized in kids.”

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Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine efficient for youths aged 12-15

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As of Friday, a complete of 181,770 circumstances of the novel coronavirus had been reported in these 19 years previous and youthful.

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Meaning roughly 17.7 per cent of Canada’s whole coronavirus infections have been detected in kids and youngsters.

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In a earlier interview with World Information, Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious illness knowledgeable with McMaster College in Hamilton, mentioned teenagers transmit COVID-19 “largely the identical,” as adults.

“Sure, they don’t get significantly critically in poor health, apart from the uncommon case, however we see locations like excessive faculties being locations the place transmission happens,” he mentioned.

Chagla mentioned vaccinating this age group goes to be “extremely essential” within the coming months.

“Once we get to 12 to 16-year-olds in direction of the tip of {the summertime}, getting a single dose of the vaccine into them goes to really make issues a lot safer for highschool re-opening and allow them to return to highschool the way in which it was previous to the pandemic, which has been lacking a lot all through all of this.”

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