S.Africa’s regulator approves Pfizer COVID-19 shot for kids 12 and up

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s well being regulator has accepted Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to be used by kids aged 12 and older, paving the best way for the federal government to supply vaccinations to youngsters.



Vials labelled "COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine" and sryinge are seen in front of displayed Pfizer logo in this illustration


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Vials labelled “COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine” and sryinge are seen in entrance of displayed Pfizer emblem on this illustration

The South African Well being Merchandise Authority (SAPHRA) mentioned the choice got here after a assessment of up to date security and efficacy info submitted in March this 12 months.

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After a bumpy begin, South Africa’s vaccination marketing campaign has ramped up in current months with a stable provide of photographs secured and simply over 12% of its greater than 60 million folks vaccinated. That places the nation nicely forward of others on the continent.

Nonetheless, well being insurers say vaccine hesitancy is now the principle concern impacting the tempo of the marketing campaign and the federal government has launched efforts to steer folks to get the jab.

South Africa has a big youth inhabitants, with some 28% below the age of 15.

International locations around the globe are actually contemplating or administering vaccines to kids, whereas different vaccine builders together with Moderna are searching for the inexperienced gentle for using their photographs on teenagers.

Pfizer, whose shot is already being administered to teenagers, is planning assessments on even youthful kids.

(Reporting by Emma Rumney; Enhancing by Ros Russell)

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