China has approved the emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine for children under three, the drug maker confirmed on Tuesday, becoming the first country to offer blows to young children.
Since the coronavirus first emerged in central China, Beijing has mostly managed to control the country’s outbreak and has managed more than 777 million dose of vaccine after a slow start.
A Sinovac spokesman told AFP that his vaccine had been approved for use in children.
“In recent days, the Sinovac vaccine has been approved for emergency use in young people aged three to 17,” the spokesman said.
But he did not confirm when young children could start receiving the shots, and said the deployment schedule will be decided by the National Health Commission “in accordance with the current prevention and control needs of China’s epidemic and supply of vaccines“.
The company has completed early-stage trials of the vaccine in children and adolescents, with results published soon in The Lancet scientific journal, the spokesman added.
State broadcaster CCTV reported over the weekend that an unnamed official from the State Council epidemic response working group had said vaccines for children had been approved and that it had been proven. ” safety and efficacy “.
A spokesman for China’s other major vaccine, Sinopharm, said experts had demonstrated the effectiveness of its vaccine in children, but did not confirm whether its use had been approved.
Chinese officials have said they intend to inoculate 70 percent of the 1.44 billion population by the end of this year.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines for emergency use in adults 18 years of age and older and both spikes are being administered in several countries around the world.
Although the WHO does not currently recommend vaccinating children against coronavirus, the United States, Britain, Singapore and the European Union have approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children under 12 years of age.
China on Tuesday reported 33 new cases of COVID-19, including 19 in southern Guangdong province, where authorities have been battling a local outbreak.
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