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Canada OK’s Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11

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Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine has been greenlit for kids 5 to 11 years old in Canada. 

This marks the country’s first COVID-19 vaccine to be authorized for use in the age group. 

Health Canada received the application from Pfizer-BioNTech to expand its vaccine to the age group on October 18th, shortly after it was given the go-ahead for children 12 to 15 years old on May 5th. 

The agency has authorized a lower dose for kids under 11, almost a third of the normal dose normally given to those 12 and older.

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Officials say the decision is backed by clinical trial data that showed the vaccine was 90.7 per cent effective in children 5 to 11 years old with no serious side effects reported.

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