JOHANNESBURG, September 11 (Hfrance.fr) - The South African health regulator has approvedthe (PFE.N) COVID-19 vaccine intended for children 12 and over, paving the way for the government to offer vaccines to adolescents.
The Authority South African Health Products (SAPHRA) said the decision came after a review of updated safety and efficacy information submitted last March. year.
After a chaotic start, South Africa 's vaccination campaign has gathered pace in recent months with a solid supply of vaccines secure and just over 12% of its over 60 million people vaccinated. This puts the country well ahead of others on the continent.
However, health insurers say that hesitation about vaccination is now the main reason. main problem affecting the pace of the campagne and the government has launched efforts to persuade people to get the jab.
South Africa has a large population of young people , with around 28% under the age of 15.
Countries around the world are now considering or administering vaccines to children, while other developers vaccines, including Moderna (MRNA.O ) ask for the green light to use their photos on adolescents.
Pfizer, whose vaccine is already being administered to adolescents, plans tests on even younger children. Reporting by Emma Rumney Editing by Ros Russell
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