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Canada authorized Pfizer Covid Vaccine for kids aged 5 to 11

Canada authorized Pfizer Covid Vaccine for kids aged 5 to 11

On Friday, Canada authorized the use of Pfizer Inc's COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, paving the way for the injection of elementary school-age children across the country. Its health regulator approved Pfizer's kid-size COVID-19 shot and announced it would allow Canadian people returning from small trips abroad to use a quicker, less-costly test for the coronavirus.

Health Canada authorized the shots for children age group 5 to 11. And as in the USA, the doses will be just a third of the amount given to teens and adults. The quantity is the first to be made available for young children in Canada. Health Officials had made clear for weeks that the decision would be favorable.

But Canada's National Advisory Committee on vaccination has suggested that the country's provinces, which administer health care, offer the two-dose at least eight weeks apart.

In the U.S., 5 to 11-year-old receive two low doses, three weeks apart, the same schedule as everyone else in U.S. Canada had problems getting vaccine into the country early this year and postponed a second dose for adults until more supply came in. Still, Canadian officials say waiting a double amount provides better protection from Covid.

Howard Njoo, Canada's deputy public health officer said

"A longer interval between two doses leads to stronger immunity,"

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The government authority said the vaccine is 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children, and no severe side effects were recognized.

Health Canada said in a statement.

"After a detail and independent scientific review of the proof, the Department has determined that the benefits of the vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years of age exceed the risks,"

The authority also said that Canadians and permanent residents returning from the USA or other nations after a trip of fewer than 72 hours no longer need to show a negative PCR test when returning. A rapid antigen test will suffice to start on November 30.

The PCR test will still be required after longer trips and fully vaccinated travelers from the U.S. or other countries. However, Canada's Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said officials would soon provide an update for Americans.

Canada is expecting an accelerated delivery of 2.9 million child-sized doses, enough for the first shot for every child in the 5 to 11 age group. In a statement Friday, Pfizer said the vaccines would be shipped to Canada "imminently."

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