Story at a glance

  • Canada has authorized use of Pfizer-BioNtech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 15, making it the second country to permit its use in younger people.
  • The announcement was initially regarded as a global first, but a Canadian representative for Pfizer said Algeria approved the vaccine for use within the age group in April.
  • Nearly 20 percent of all reported COVID-19 cases in Canada have occurred in people under the age of 19.

Canada has authorized use of the Pfizer-BioNtech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 15, making it the second country to permit its use in younger people.  

A senior adviser to the Canadian federal health ministry, Supriya Sharma, told reporters Wednesday that Pfizer’s vaccine is both safe and effective among the age group and that the country is “starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Reuters reported. 

The announcement was initially regarded as a global first, but a Canadian representative for Pfizer said Algeria approved the vaccine for use within the age group in April, according to Reuters. 


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The U.S. might soon follow suit. White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that the U.S. could approve the vaccine for younger people within days. 

"I think it's going to be very soon; I mean, I don't want to get ahead of the FDA but I believe it's going to be within several days," Fauci told NBC's "Today" show. "I cannot imagine it's going to be much longer than that."

The Pfizer vaccine is currently approved by the FDA for use in U.S. adults 16 and above. 

Reuters reported that Canadian officials confirmed a person in New Brunswick died from a blood clot after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccination, marking the third death from the rare clot. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s chief medical officer, said the province would continue to use the vaccine. 

"There will be rare cases where thrombosis will occur. However, the risks remain minimal compared to the risks, complications and potential consequences of COVID-19," Russell told reporters.

Nearly 20 percent of all reported COVID-19 cases in Canada have occurred in people under the age of 19, Reuters reported. The country has recorded nearly 25,000 deaths. 


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Published on May 06, 2021