- On Friday, Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Medical Officer of Health, said that Health Canada could approve COVID-19 vaccines for babies and toddlers as early as 2022.
“Pfizer and Moderna are continuing to complete their clinical trials for that youngest age group. Therefore, they believe the earliest we will see vaccines for that age group will be in the new year,” Tam told reporters.
So far, Tam said, Health Canada has not received any vaccine submissions for children under five. Pfizer’s data, on the other hand, could be available by the end of the year.
“Which still means that we won’t be implementing this program until early 2022, I don’t think,” Tam said. Moderna is currently testing a version of their COVID-19 vaccine with only a 25-microgram dose, compared to the 50-microgram dose already approved for children ages six to eleven and far less than the 100-microgram dose already approved for teens and adults.
A few Moderna trials are going on in Canada and over 80 in the United States.
Pfizer’s vaccine for kids aged 5 year to 11 year was approved by Health Canada last week, and the first shipment arrived on Sunday. The regulator is still looking into Moderna’s under-12 vaccine. Health Canada is ultimately responsible for reviewing the data and approving the vaccines.
Tam believes that these vaccines could provide an extra layer of protection for both parents and children. “And that may also provide them with another option for reducing disruptions in their lives, whether it’s daycare or kindergarten,” she added. “Once we get the results, that would be fantastic news.”
Source: CBC News, CTV News
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