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<span class="t-location">Sydney (AFP) – </span>L'Australie a autorisé dimanche le premier vaccin Covid-19 pour les enfants âgés de cinq à 11 ans, la prochaine étape de son déploiement de vaccin devant commencer au début de 2022. </p><div> <p>Le ministre de la Santé, Greg Hunt, a déclaré que les régulateurs médicaux avaient accordé une approbation provisoire pour que le vaccin Pfizer-BioNTech soit administré aux jeunes enfants pour la première fois.
It follows similar decisions in the European Union, the United States, Israel and Canada.
Hunt said the vaccination of 2.3 million Australian children in the cohort will begin on January 10, subject to approval by the National Immunization Advisory Body.
“It is recommended for children across Australia,” he said of the vaccine.
“It’s about protecting our children, protecting our families, protecting all Australians. “
The Therapeutic Goods Administration regulator said children aged five to 11 would receive a lower dose of the vaccine than people 12 and older.
Agency director John Skerritt said he was confident in both the efficacy and safety of the formulation, adding “that it has been extensively clinically tested.”
Almost 93 percent of Australians over 16 have now received a first dose of the vaccine, with 88 percent of the population having received a double dose.
Recall shots were allowed in October, with people being encouraged to receive their third jab after six months.
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