US The Pfizer vaccine soon authorized for 12-15 years in the United States

16:45  04 may  2021
16:45  04 may  2021 Source:   nouvelobs.com

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  Le vaccin Pfizer bientôt autorisé pour les 12-15 ans aux Etats-Unis © Copyright 2020, OBS

The extension of vaccination to this age group could increase the level of collective immunity in the country.

The United States should authorize the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine against CVIV-19 for children over 12 years from next week, according to American media.

According to The CNN chain, Pfizer requested an emergency authorization for its vaccine for children aged 12 to 15 years. Citing a government official, CNN explained that the US Food and Medicinal Product Agency (FDA) will have to change its regulation on vaccine emergency authorization. A pretty simple process, according to him.

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On the other hand, it specifies that extending it to the youngest children would not be so easy:

"For children over 12 years old, if nothing exceptional is detected, if everything seems the same as for adults, I think it is not necessary to organize an advisory committee meeting. For younger children, it will certainly be necessary to consider it.

In the United States, The Pfizer is already authorized for all persons aged 16 and over. If extended to teenagers, the vaccination campaign could affect millions of additional people.

conclusive clinical trials, according to Pfizer

according to the "New York Times" , vaccinating children is the key to increasing the level of immunity from the population and therefore reduce the number of hospitalizations and deaths due to VVID- 19. This authorization would therefore be a "big step for the vaccination campaign and a new welcome for anxious parents, who want to protect their children this summer during the holidays and before the start of next September," explains the newspaper.

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according to "the world" , the Pfizer laboratory stated that clinical trials had shown that the vaccine was safe and produced solid antibodies in 12-15 years. The preliminary results of the published study at the end of March by Pfizer, and conducted with 2,260 US volunteers aged 12 to 15, have shown that there were no CVIV-19 cases among fully vaccinated adolescents, Against eighteen among those who received dummy injections. Children had similar side effects to young adults, said the laboratory. The main adverse effects are pain, fever, chills and fatigue, especially after the second dose.

45% of adults not yet vaccinated

According to official data, the vaccination rate in the United States has reached its peak around April 11, and although 55% of adults have now received one or more doses, the way to go To achieve collective immunity is still long, explains AFP.

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Europe also thinks to extend the use of the Pfizer to teenagers. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has started its 12-15 year assessment. "The EMA will communicate the results [...], expected in June, unless other information is needed," she said on May 3.

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