EU approves Pfizer Covid jab for kids aged 5-11

THE HAGUE: The Pfizer coronavirus jab got the green light for children aged five to 11 in Europe on Thursday, clearing the way for the vaccination in a cohort where the virus is rapidly spreading.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said that a panel of experts “recommended granting an extension of indication for the Covid-19 vaccine Comirnaty to include use in children aged five to 11”, using the jab s brand name.

The vaccine is already cleared for use in people aged 12 and over in the 27-nation EU.

Pfizer s jab is has so far only been approved in a small number of countries for children aged five to 11 in countries including the United States, Israel and Canada.