Health Canada approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids aged 12-15

People wait for COVID-19 vaccine shots at an injection center in central Seoul in the file

It has also approved Russia's Sputnik V vaccine for usage in India.

A trial of more than 2,200 youth in that age group in the United States recorded no cases of COVID-19 among vaccinated kids. The trial used the same size doses, and the same two-doses requirement, as the vaccine for adults.

"This is the first vaccine authorized in Canada for the prevention of COVID-19 in children and marks a significant milestone in Canada's fight against the pandemic", she said.

Sharma said the efficacy of the Pfizer vaccine for that age group was 100 per cent after the second dose.

Bourla also announced Pfizer is donating over $70 million worth of medicines for patients battling COVID-19 across India's public hospitals.

Sharma said Health Canada will expedite reviews of those results.

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Other manufacturers of the four vaccines authorised in Canada - the others are AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna - are conducting or planning their own studies in children as young as six months old.

"The most commonly reported side effects were temporary and mild, like a sore arm, chills or fever", Sharma said. "That was done off label, which is absolutely within their purview, so we do have some children in Canada that have already received a vaccine dose", Sharma told reporters on Wednesday.

The drugmaker is expected to provide additional information of the vaccine's safety, efficacy, and quality to Health Canada as part of conditions in the agency's interim order.

South Korea has secured enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate 99 million people under COVAX and separate contracts with five foreign drug firms, including Pfizer.

The vaccine is an mRNA vaccine, which means it teaches cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response, without using the live virus that causes COVID-19. With almost 11 million doses sent to Canada to date, Pfizer has committed to sending more than two million doses per week, each week, until end of June.

We expect increasing supply, authorization in new age cohorts (ages 12-15 in May in the USA, followed by nearly all ages in the second half of 2021) and booster data to drive robust sales through 2022.

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