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- Children from age 5 to 11 might be vaccinated within days.
- It is assumed that Health Canada will approve the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages five to 11 on Friday.
Authorities will make a formal announcement at a media briefing on Friday and provide delivery details. Sources said they couldn’t name them because they weren’t allowed to speak in the file, but said the government is recently talking to the company to confirm the delivery date.
The sources confirmed that pediatric dose might not take weeks to arrive.
On October 18, Health Canada received an application for approval of PfizerBioNTech’s pediatric vaccine. It is given to adults and children over the age of 12 at a one-third dose.
More than 2 million children have already been first vaccinated in the United States after the US Food and Drug Administration approved the vaccine last month. Last week, Chief Public Health Officer Teresa Tam told reporters, “For the second straight week, children under the age of 12 have the highest incidence in any age group.” Moderna last week asked Health Canada to approve the COVID19 vaccine for children aged 6 to 11 years.
In a press release, all COVID19 vaccines, “prioritizes” the Moderna filing review “while maintaining high scientific standards for safety, efficacy, and quality.” Pfizer’s COVID vaccine is now officially called Comirnaty, while Moderna’s COVID 19 vaccine is sold under the name Spikevax.
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