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VACCINATION

EU drug agency wants to decide on vaccine for children this month

The process could be accelerated due to progress in the evaluation phase.
17 April 2021, Portugal, Matosinhos: A woman recevies her dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination as part of the nationwide mass vaccination of teachers and school staff, 1952 people were vaccinated on the first Saturday. Photo: Teresa Nunes/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire/dpa
A woman recevies her dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Photo: Teresa Nunes/dpa.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) wants to issue a decision later this month about whether children ages 12 and up should be able to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.

The EU agency said on Tuesday that the process could be accelerated due to progress in the evaluation phase and may be completed by the end of the month.

EMA chief Emer Cooke told the Handelsblatt newspaper that the agency was receiving data on the vaccine's effect on 12- to 15-year-olds.

"We started testing on April 30," Cooke said.

She cited June as the target for approval but said the EMA was trying to see if it could accelerate it even faster, aiming for end of May.

The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday said it expanded the emergency use authorization for the use for the Pfizer/BioNTech jab to include children and adolescents aged 12 to 15.

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