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Pfizer and BioNTech say data shows vaccine to be safe for children
Pfizer and BioNTech said on Monday that their COVID-19 vaccine elicited a robust immune response in 5 to 11 year olds, and they plan to seek permission to use the vaccine in children of that age group in Europe, in the United States and elsewhere. as soon as possible.
The companies said the vaccine elicited an immune response in 5 to 11 year olds in their Phase II / III clinical trial that matched that previously seen in the 16 to 25 year old age group. The safety profile was also generally comparable, they said.
Thailand to try alternative vaccination method
Doctors in Thailand have been given the green light to start giving booster shots under the skin, rather than injecting them into muscles, officials said on Monday, in a bid to boost immunity and expand supply. in vaccines.
Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said the method, which doctors began exploring last month, could be used at the discretion of medical professionals, provided it is supported by evidence.
Chalermpong Sukonthaphon, director of Vachira Hospital in Phuket, said his hospital was given the green light to use the technique from Friday as tests showed it triggered an immune response similar to the usual method.
India to restart COVID vaccine exports
India will resume COVID-19 vaccine exports from the next quarter, prioritizing the global vaccine-sharing platform COVAX and neighboring countries as supplies increase, the Minister of Health said on Monday. Health.
India, the world’s largest vaccine maker, halted COVID vaccine exports in April to focus on inoculating its own population as infections exploded.
The country’s monthly vaccine production has since more than doubled and is expected to quadruple to more than 300 million doses next month, Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, adding that only excess supplies would be exported.
Sydney cases drop as borders soften in virus hotspots
The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) on Monday reported its smallest increase in daily cases in more than three weeks, as some lockdown restrictions were relaxed in Sydney, the state capital, in a context higher immunization levels.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said 935 new cases were detected in the state, the lowest daily tally since August 27, and up from 1,083 on Sunday. The state has reported four more deaths.
New Zealand eased restrictions slightly on Monday in its largest city of Auckland, as the government said it was convinced there was no widespread regional transmission of the Delta variant.
Indonesia records lowest daily cases in over a year
Indonesia reported 1,932 new daily infections on Monday, the lowest since August 2020, according to data from the country’s COVID-19 task force, and the government further eased restrictions in Java and its resort island Bali.
Indonesia, once the epicenter of the coronavirus in Asia, has reported nearly 4.2 million total infections and more than 140,000 deaths, but new cases have fallen 98% from their peak in July, High Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said.
His average positivity rate – the percentage of positive tests – was just below 4% this month, below the World Health Organization’s 5% threshold for determining whether an outbreak is under control.
Ukraine extends restrictions until December 31
Ukraine has extended a state of emergency that allows regional authorities to impose restrictions until the end of 2021 to deal with a surge in infections, the government said on Monday.
The state of emergency was due to expire at the end of September.
(Compiled by Linda Noakes; edited by Barbara Lewis)
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