Will your teens need to be vaccinated soon? No vaccine currently exists for children, who are less exposed to severe cases of Covid. But they represent a large part of the population and will therefore also need to be immunized in the future, in order to curb the transmission of the disease.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced on Monday that its Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use “will carry out an accelerated evaluation of the data transmitted by the company marketing Comirnaty”, trade name of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine. “The EMA will communicate the results of its assessment, expected in June unless additional information is required”, adds the agency, based in Amsterdam.
A 100% effective vaccine
Pfizer / BioNTech has asked the EMA to extend the authorization of their vaccine in the European Union to 12-15 year olds, which is currently limited to people over 16 years of age. In the United States, the two companies filed a similar request in early April to extend the emergency authorization granted by the Federal Medicines Agency (FDA).
They are based on data from a phase 3 clinical study, published at the end of March, showing “100% efficiency” vaccine in this age group, which has also been “well tolerated in general”. If this authorization were granted, it would apply in the 27 EU member states.
Further requests to regulators around the world are expected to follow, to “allow children to return to school normally and reunite with family and friends,” according to BioNTech co-founder and CEO Ugur Sahin.