COVID-19: First shipment of Pfizer’s vaccines for kids arrives

Informed Choice:
Mothers and fathers ought to exploration the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines just before choosing which is best to give their young children, the minister of health reported

  • By Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

The very first cargo of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for kids, containing 777,600 doses, arrived in Taiwan yesterday morning, the Central Epidemic Command Middle (CECC) said.&#13

Minister of Health and fitness and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the heart, mentioned the vaccine would be administered to young children aged 5 to 11 as their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.&#13

The doses expire on Sept. 30, he added.&#13

Image: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

The CECC formerly stated the cargo was scheduled to get there on Thursday past 7 days, but the maker abruptly knowledgeable the centre in advance of the airplane took off that the delivery would be re-scheduled thanks to system mistakes.&#13

Chen reported that the 777,600 doses would be enough for all qualified youngsters whose mother and father want them to be vaccinated, as much less than 1.2 million children in the suitable age team are expected to be vaccinated, even though some parents may decide to use the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.&#13

The shipment is component of a contract the authorities signed on April 28 to obtain 2.2 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for small children and about 1.8 million doses of its vaccine for older people.&#13

The 1.4 million remaining doses for children are to be shipped in potential shipments, Chen stated.&#13

As the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines every have rewards and drawbacks, the centre encourages parents to discover about the vaccines just before picking out which to give to their children, he claimed.&#13

Out of about 115,000 boy or girl doses administered of the Moderna vaccine, which are half the adult dose, only two critical adverse reactions have been claimed, reported Centers for Illness Manage (CDC) Deputy Director-Standard Philip Lo (羅一鈞), who is deputy head of the CECC’s health-related response division.&#13

One particular of the children experienced leg agony and weak point two days immediately after acquiring the vaccine, and yet another knowledgeable nausea and vomiting about 5 minutes soon after their shot was administered, but signs in the two incidents subsided, he mentioned.&#13

As of Sunday, the nation’s vaccination amount was 85.95 percent for a initial dose, 80.82 per cent for a second dose and 63 percent for a initially booster dose, Chen stated.&#13

A shipment of 35,280 classes of molnupiravir, an oral antiviral procedure for dealing with COVID-19 also arrived yesterday night.&#13

Lo stated that the drug would be allocated for use across the nation as quickly as feasible, and would be administered to individuals at long-expression care centers and these who are being fed as a result of nasogastric intubation, which stops the use of the Paxlovid antiviral cure.

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