Covid live: UK records 36,100 new cases; Pfizer vaccine safe for children aged 5-11, company says
Pfizer and BioNTech said trial results showed their coronavirus vaccine is safe and produces a robust immune response in children aged five to 11, adding that they would seek regulatory approval shortly.
The vaccine would be administered at a lower dosage than for people over 12, they said. “In participants five to 11 years of age, the vaccine was safe, well-tolerated, and showed robust neutralising antibody responses,” US giant Pfizer and its German partner said in a joint statement.
They plan to submit their data to regulatory bodies in the European Union, the United States, and around the world “as soon as possible”.
Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University School of Public Health and a leading Covid expert in the US, called it the “good news” many parents had been waiting for.https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/sep/20/coronavirus-live-news-uk-starts-vaccinating-12--to-15-year-olds-china-reports-49-new-cases