EU authority clears Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children Jul 25, 2021 0 331 12345 dpaAmsterdamThe Covid-19 vaccine from the US manufacturer Moderna can also be injected into children and adolescents aged 12 and older, according to a recommendation by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).On Friday in Amsterdam, the experts of the EU medicines authority positively assessed the corresponding data from studies and cleared the way for the approval of the vaccine for 12-to-17-year-olds.The European Commission still has to give the green light, but that is considered a formality.Moderna’s preparation Spikevax would thus be the second Covid-19 vaccine that may also be administered to young people in the bloc. At the end of May, the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was also approved for 12-to-17-year-olds.Just like adults, minors can also be vaccinated with two jabs four weeks apart, the EMA said.Moderna’s application was based on a study of 2,500 adolescents in the United States. According to the company, the efficacy was 100 per cent. US authorities are still weighing whether to approve the jab for those aged 12 to 17.The “recommendation of the authorization of our Covid-19 vaccine for use in individuals 12 years of age and older in the European Union is a positive step forward toward authorization of our vaccine in this age group,” said Moderna chief executive Stephane Bancel.“As we help to combat the pandemic, we hope to be able to help get adolescents safely back to school this fall,” he said in a statement. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Great Barrier Reef off endangered World Heritage list for time being Jul 25, 2021 0 304 Forecast of more rain raises fears in flood-stricken western Germany Jul 25, 2021 0 37 Rio braces for Delta wave after first deaths recorded Jul 25, 2021 0 381 US buys 200 million more Pfizer doses for young kids, booster shots dpa Washington The US is purchasing another 200 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine as part of preparations to inoculate younger children and possibly provide booster shots for fully vaccinated .. New Zealand pops ‘travel bubble’ with Australia over COVID-19 cases Wellington New Zealand has closed its border to Australia, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday, as the neighbouring country was struggling to contain new Covid-19 outbreaks. The so-called Trans-Tasman .. Protests in France as stricter virus regulations introduced dpa Paris There were protests in Paris and several other cities in France on Saturday as people objected to new regulations introduced to contain the coronavirus pandemic, even as case numbers rise. The protests were .. ‘Great Spas of Europe’ awarded UNESCO World Heritage Beijing Eleven European spa towns were jointly awarded World Heritage status by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee on Saturday, recognizing their key role in European society more than a hundred years ago. In an ..