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Pfizer will get US contract for 50m COVID-19 vaccine doses for youths

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  • Transfer comes after a panel of outdoor advisers voted to advocate its authorisation for the vaccine in youngsters aged 5 to 11.
  • The US authorities has thus far secured 600 million doses of the vaccine to be used.
  • The drugmakers say they anticipate preliminary medical trial knowledge on the vaccine’s use in youngsters to happen within the fourth quarter this 12 months.

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE mentioned on Thursday they anticipate to ship 50 million extra doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to the US authorities by April-end, because the nation prepares to vaccinate youngsters.

The transfer comes after a panel of outdoor advisers to the US Meals and Drug Administration voted on Tuesday to advocate its authorisation for the vaccine in youngsters aged 5 to 11. The company’s determination on the vaccine for the age group is awaited.

If authorised and subsequently beneficial by the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s (CDC) advisory panel, the businesses mentioned they anticipate to then start transport the vaccine instantly, in 10 microgram pediatric doses, as directed by the US authorities.

The US authorities has thus far secured 600 million doses of the vaccine to be used inside the nation and extra one billion doses for donation to low- and lower-middle-income nations.

The drugmakers mentioned they anticipate preliminary medical trial knowledge on the vaccine’s use in youngsters — aged 2 to lower than 5 years, and 6 months to lower than 2 years — to happen within the fourth quarter this 12 months or early first quarter of 2022.

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