Canada on Friday authorized the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, allowing for the inoculation of elementary school-age children across the country. Pfizer and its partner BioNTech submitted a request for approval of its COVID-19 mRNA vaccine on October 18th. The shots are dosed at 10 micrograms rather than the 30 micrograms used in older ages and administered as two shots, three weeks apart.
Health Canada, which authorized the shots, said in a statement:
“After a thorough and independent scientific review of the evidence, the department has determined that the benefits of this vaccine for children between five and 11 years of age outweigh the risks.”
Justin Trudeau announced last month that Ottawa had signed a deal with Pfizer to quickly receive 2.9 million doses of the vaccine once it was approved.
Dr. Supriya Sharma, Health Canada’s chief medical adviser, said:
“This is very good news for adults and children alike. It provides another tool to protect Canadians and to the relief of many parents, will bring back a degree of normality to children’s lives.”
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