Sumary of EU regulator authorizes Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for kids 5-11:
- THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The European Union’s drug regulator on Thursday authorized Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for use on children from 5 to 11 years old, clearing the way for shots to be administered to millions of elementary school pupils amid a new wave of infections sweeping across the continent.
- At least one country facing spiking infections didn’t wait for the EMA approval.
- The EMA green light for the vaccine developed by Pfizer and German company BioNTech has to be rubber-stamped by the EU’s executive branch, the European Commission, before health authorities in member states can begin administering shots.
- Even with the smaller shot, children who are 5 to 11 years old developed coronavirus-fighting antibody levels just as strong as teenagers and young adults getting the regular-strength shots, Dr. Bill Gruber, a Pfizer senior vice president, told The Associated Press in September.
- Early research suggested they didn’t contribute much to viral spread.
- But some experts say children played a significant role this year spreading contagious variants such as alpha and delta.