EU Drugs Agency Approves COVID Vaccines For Children
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
(Worthy News) – The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved vaccinating children against the coronavirus despite concerns about side effects. Germany already said it plans to start in early June, Germany’s broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) reported Friday.
The European Union’s EMA agency said Friday it had authorized using the German-developed BioNTech-Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for children aged 12 to 15.
The regulator’s green light opens the way for EU member states to start vaccinating adolescents against the virus.
It comes despite mounting concerns among critics about the long-term impact of coronavirus vaccines that were developed in record time.
Health authorities in several countries are investigating reported deaths of people after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech or other coronavirus vaccines.
Germany plans to administer jabs to school-age children from June 7, DW said. The decision follows a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and heads of Germany’s 16 states on Thursday.
The United States and Canada have already begun to offer vaccines to children aged 12 and above to pursue herd immunity.
It comes despite health authorities in several nations investigating reported deaths of people who received the coronavirus vaccine.
Thousands of side effects have also been recorded by health authorities in the U.S. and other countries of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab, Worthy News established.
It comes as the EMA and other authorities continued investigating reported deaths of another vaccine, AstraZeneca.
This week authorities confirmed that at least two prominent British personalities passed away after receiving the vaccine.
Among them, Stephanie Dubois, a 39-year-old British fashion model based in Cyprus. She suffered a blood clot and died days after receiving the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Paphos, a health official said Monday.
Dubois had no underlying health conditions, according to health officials at the hospital in the capital Nicosia, where she was hospitalized on May 14 after having breathing issues.
And on Thursday, news emerged that a British broadcaster BBC radio presenter had died after she took the AstraZeneca COVID-19 shot. Lisa Shaw, a 44-year-old presenter for BBC Radio Newcastle, reportedly passed away in hospital last week, Friday, her family said. She was treated for blood clots after receiving her first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine shot, the BBC reported.
However, the EMA and governments have valued these and other incidents as “very rare” and claim the jabs are safe.
The jabs, they say, are needed to combat a virus that has killed more than 3 million people worldwide on a global population of 7.8 billion people.
Twice as many people die annually of air pollution, the World Health Organization says.
Most of the people who die with or of the coronavirus had underlying health conditions, according to health authorities and publicly available data.
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