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US COVID-19: The United States will allow the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 and over

10:15  04 may  2021
10:15  04 may  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

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Vaccination dans un lycée de Los Angeles, le 23 avril. Pfizer a demandé une autorisation d’utilisation d’urgence pour son vaccin à destination des enfants et adolescents âgés de 12 à 15 ans, contre 16 ans aujourd'hui. © Frederic J. Brown Vaccination in a Los Angeles High School on April 23. Pfizer has requested an emergency authorization for its vaccine for children and adolescents aged 12 to 15, compared with 16 years today.

The United States will allow the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 and over. The United States should authorize the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine against CVIV-19 for children aged 12 and over from next week, according to the US media. Pfizer has requested an emergency authorization for its vaccine, for children and adolescents aged 12 to 15, according to the CNN channel citing a government official . "The American Food and Medicinal Product Agency [FDA] will have to change its vaccine emergency authorization regulations, but the process should be simple," reports CNN. The Pfizer vaccine is currently authorized for seniors aged 16 and over in the United States. The extension of adolescent vaccination could open the American vaccination campaign to millions of additional people.

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in Brazil, many second-dose vaccine stock ruptures. In seven capitals of Brazilian states, including large cities like Belo Horizonte or Porto Alegre, the injections of the second dose of the CORONAVAC Chinese vaccine have been suspended for lack of doses. According to the count of the information site G1, Aracaju, Recife (Northeast), Belem, Porto Velho (North) and Campo Grande (Central West) are also in this situation, due to the lack of doses of this serum , the most used in Brazil currently, with 77% of injections. In Rio de Janeiro, the town hall had suspended at first 10 days vaccination for the second dose of Coronavac on Saturday, before deciding the next day to staggered by age tranches, starting not more than 70 years old, From Monday. But under the age of 60 who received the first dose from 10 to 17 April, including caregivers, will have to wait until May 17 for the second, 30 to 40 days later, while the recommended interval is 28 days. According to the Folha Journal of S. Paulo , more than half of the state capitals do not have the necessary reservations for the second dose to be available for all in a timely manner. On Sunday, the Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, admitted that this problem was due to a mistaken decision of his predecessor, General Eduardo Pazuello, who left his position in mid-March. In February, the latter had recommended to States and municipalities to tap into stocks reserved for the second dose to accelerate the pace of vaccination. He put on new deliveries that finally laminated.

Wealthy nations once lauded as successes lag in vaccinations .
In Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, the vaccination rates are languishing in the single figures. That is in sharp contrast to the U.S., where nearly half of all people have gotten at least one shot, and Britain and Israel, where rates are even higher. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2021, file photo, a medical worker fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Tokyo Medical Center in Tokyo.

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