COVID-19 in Canada: vaccines for toddlers from mid-July

COVID-19 in Canada: vaccines for toddlers from mid- July


A first COVID-19 vaccine for children five and under could be approved within the next week or two, Health Canada said Tuesday. 

In a series of tweets, the federal department disclosed that it is currently considering an application to approve Moderna's vaccine for young children, starting at six months of age.

This review is expected to conclude around mid-July, Health Canada added.

The messenger RNA serum developed by Moderna, if approved for use in toddlers, could soon be joined in the Canada's pharmaceutical arsenal by its equivalent developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, which filed for approval on June 23.

“Health Canada is required to review the data supporting the safety , efficacy and quality of any vaccine before approval can be given,” recalled the federal body.

In the United States, the Centers for Control and Prevention of Diseases has already approved the use of vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer for children six months to five years old, in a decision issued in mid-June.