UK approves Pfizer, BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12 to 15-year-old kids

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United Kingdom on Friday approved Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for children aged between 12 and 15 years old.

In March, Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE had begun testing their Covid-19 vaccine in children under 12, with hopes of expanding vaccination to that age range by early 2022, the US drugmaker had said.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was authorised by US regulators in late December for people age 16 and older.

In May, the US pharma giant Moderna had said its Covid-19 vaccine protects children as young as 12. In the same month, the US and Canada authorised Pfizer’s vaccine for use in children aged 12 and above.