the Swiss The Swissmedic Medicines Agency has approved the vaccination of children aged 5 to 11 with the Comirnaty vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech.
“The results of clinical trials show that the vaccine is safe and effective in this age group,” he said in a statement.
The Comirnaty vaccine is given in two doses of 10 micrograms three weeks apart.
An ongoing clinical trial on more than 1,500 people “shows that the Covid-19 vaccine offers almost complete protection against serious illnesses caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus in 5 to 11 year olds,” he said. declared.
“Side effects tended to occur less frequently than in adolescents or adults. They included pain at the injection site and fatigue, or less frequently headache, pain in limbs or fever, ”the agency added.
Vaccinations have so far been limited to children aged 12 or older, AFP reports.
Brazil reported 7,765 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours and 234 deaths, the health ministry said on Friday, Reuters reports.
The South American country has now recorded 22,184,824 cases since the start of the pandemic, while the official death toll has risen to 616,691, according to ministry data, in the world’s deadliest outbreak outside the United States.
the we administered 480,567,772 doses of Covid-19 vaccine around the country on Friday morning and distributed 591,558,685 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Those numbers are up from the 477,433,765 doses of vaccine that the CDC said had taken up arms Thursday out of 588,422,575 doses delivered.
The agency said 238,143,066 people had received at least one dose while 201,279,582 people were fully vaccinated by 6:00 a.m. ET on Friday, Reuters reports.
South African Scientists said there were no signs the Omicron coronavirus variant was causing more serious illness, as officials announced plans to offer vaccine boosters with daily infections approaching an all-time high.
Hospital data shows Covid-19 admissions are now rising sharply in more than half of the country’s nine provinces, but deaths are not increasing as dramatically.
Although scientists say it takes longer to come to a definitive conclusion, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said signs of gravity were positive, Reuters reports.
“Preliminary data suggests that while the hospitalization rate is increasing … it appears to be purely because of the numbers rather than the severity of the variant itself, this Omicron,” he said. declared.
The seven-day average of Covid-19 cases in the we States rose 37% and the average number of deaths per day rose 28%, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky.
Early data suggests that the vaccine boosters help boost protection against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Walensky said in a White House briefing, Reuters reports.
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under increasing pressure to confirm whether parties were held at his Downing Street apartment in defiance of Covid rules during last year’s lockdowns.
Former Prime Minister’s adviser Dominic Cummings said on Friday that photos could be revealed proving such gatherings had taken place. On the day Cummings drastically left Downing Street in November last year, loud music and chatting assistants were heard in Residence No.11 where Johnson lives with his wife, Carrie, sources said.
Separately, the Guardian has learned that a ‘wine and pizza’ party attended by Tory advisers was held in Downing Street after a Covid press conference during the first lockdown in the spring of 2020.
Number 10 said the prime minister was in his apartment “only with his family” on the evening in question and the spokesperson denied knowing about any gatherings.
As the we Continuing to monitor the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant, scientists have tested the country’s wastewater for early detection of the virus. Last week, a team of California researchers announced that they had found traces of the variant at state wastewater treatment facilities, suggesting that Omicron already has a presence in several cities.
The Sewer Coronavirus Alert Network (SCAN) team, a collaboration between city officials and scientists from universities including Stanford, discovered that wastewater from Sacramento and Merced contained evidence of the Omicron variant.
Residents of nursing homes will only be entitled to three visitors and one essential care worker under update UK government directions announced as part of new measures to protect the industry from the spread of the Omicron variant.
The Department of Health and Social Affairs said the move was “in order to balance the current risk of Covid-19 with the need to ensure the safety of people in accordance with clinical advice.”
It is understood that the guidelines will take effect from Wednesday, the AP reports.
Fully vaccinated residents visiting family and friends outside the care home will be asked to have a lateral flow test every other day for two weeks after each discharge, while those who are not vaccinated will be asked to do so. isolate after a visit outside.
Having two doses of a Covid vaccine offers less defense against symptomatic infection of the Omicron variant than with Delta, experts said, although a booster vaccine greatly increases protection.
the UK The Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said Omicron is expected to become the dominant variant of the coronavirus in the UK by mid-December, based on current trends.
He added that there could be more than a million coronavirus infections by the end of the month.