Green light in USA for corona vaccines for small children

In America, stitches are now possible for the little ones © APA/AFP/JOSEPH PREZIOSO

The corona vaccines from the manufacturers Biontech/Pfizer and Moderna are now also approved in the USA for children between the ages of six months and five years.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted them emergency use approvals for this age group, the manufacturers reported on Friday. Austria will then follow the recommendations of the European Medicines Agency EMA, according to the Ministry of Health.

Earlier, after hours of discussion, an FDA advisory board unanimously voted in favor of emergency use approvals. This could soon start vaccinations against the corona virus in this age group in the USA. A few days ago, the US government said that this would be expected from around June 21st.

So far, the Biontech/Pfizer vaccine was approved in the United States for children aged five to eleven years, and the Moderna vaccine for people aged 18 and over. The Moderna vaccine has now also received emergency approval for children and adolescents between the ages of six and 17.

There is currently no corona vaccine approved for very young children in the EU. The European Medicines Agency EMA in Amsterdam is currently examining whether the vaccine from the manufacturer Moderna (Spikevax) can also be approved for children under the age of six. Such a test has not yet started for the vaccine from the manufacturers Biontech and Pfizer. According to the EMA, the manufacturers have not yet submitted a corresponding application for an extension of the approval.

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