Pfizer has announced that its COVID vaccine is safe for 12-year-olds.
It is a step forward in giving the vaccine to this age group, before the children return to school in the fall.
The company also announced an increase in production by 25% more than expected, to 2.5 billion doses in 2021.
Preliminary data from 2,260 American volunteers ages 12 to 15 showed that there were no cases of COVID among those who were fully vaccinated. Germany welcomed the news.
“The goal is to have vaccines for children and adolescents as soon as possible. “But this requires a review, as this is only the first study to be approved by stakeholders,” said Hanno Kautz, spokesman for the German Ministry of Health.
The news comes as the German government restricted the use of AstraZeneca for fear of infrequent blood clots among young people.
But the European Medicines Agency says the evidence does not support this hypothesis.
“The benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine in preventing COVID, hospitalization and death outweigh the risks of side effects,” said Emer Cooke, CEO of EMA.
The WHO also gave the company its support.
“Seeing the evidence of its effectiveness and safety, but also the quality of production, the scales strongly tilt in favor of the use of the vaccine. “It’s a safe vaccine,” said Kate O’Brien of the World Health Organization.
Meanwhile, the leaders of Germany, France and Russia held a video conference on Tuesday, in which they discussed the Russian “Sputnik V” vaccine.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stated that Austria may receive its first shipment early next week./Euronews.al