The European agency is the first to approve Moderna jab for children

A doctor from Parrish Medical Center holds in hand a vial of the Modern COVID-19 aa vaccine drive through the vaccination clinic for employees of Port Canaveral, local hotel and restaurant workers and residents of the Port Canaveral community.

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The European Medicines Agency has recommended the approval of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children from 12 to 17 years, the first once the shot has been cleared for people under 18.

In a decision on On Friday, the EU drug regulator said research in more of 3,700 children between the ages of 12 and 17 has shown that the Moderna vaccine – already given the ok for adults in across Europe – produced a comparable antibody response.

So far the vaccine made from Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech was the only one option for children in North America and Europe.

The US Food and Drug Administration is currently considering whether to extend the use of the Moderna vaccine for children under 18.

With global vaccine supplies are still scarce, a lot of the world still is struggling immunize adults. US and European regulators warn that both Moderna and Pfizer vaccines appear linked to an extremely rare reaction in adolescents and young adults – chest pain and inflammation of the heart.

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