Canada will receive 2.9 million doses of Pfizer to start immunizing children ages 5 to 11 once approved, says Trudeau

Canada will receive enough vaccine from Pfizer for all children between the ages of five and 11 to receive a first dose once Health Canada approves it for that age group, according to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

But Trudeau urged children and parents to be patient while they wait for Health Canada to review the vaccine.

“I know parents will all be eager to get their children vaccinated as quickly as possible and as soon as possible, I want people to be patient,” he said.

“It is extremely important that [Health Canada] go through all the complete processes necessary for every parent to be confident when these vaccines are approved that they will be safe for their children. “

WATCH: Canada will receive millions of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines for children aged 5 to 11

Canada to receive millions of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer for children aged 5 to 11

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that once Health Canada approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged five to 11, there will be millions of doses available to immunize every child across the country. 2:00

Trudeau did not say when the 2.9 million doses would arrive in Canada, but promised it would be “as soon as possible” after approval.

Pfizer submitted preliminary data on the children’s vaccine to Health Canada in early October, but did not formally ask the agency for approval this week.

The company said the results were comparable to those seen in the Pfizer-BioNTech study in people aged 16 to 25.

Pfizer has delivered over 46 million doses to Canada to date, and an analysis of available data from provincial and federal government administration suggests that there are already more than enough doses of Pfizer in Canada to immunize patients. children aged five to 11.

Kids probably can’t get shot with current stocks

But last week, Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr Theresa Tam, warned that once the vaccine is approved for children, that won’t mean children under 12 will be able to do the vaccine. queue to get vaccinated with the doses of Pfizer that Canada currently has in stock.

Children under 12 are likely to need a lower dose than adults and although Tam said lower doses could be taken from the vials currently in stock, she warned that this could make the vaccine contained in these vials less effective.

“You can definitely look for different types of needles that might do the trick, but you can’t just dilute that vial… because that might actually change some aspect of how the formulation works,” she said.

For children aged five to 11 participating in the trial, the company used doses one-third of the amount currently given to adults.

The current stockpile of Pfizer vaccine in Canada is unlikely to be used for children, according to Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer. (Dado Ruvic / Reuters)

Tam said Pfizer has also made changes to some of the components of its vaccine, which will require further consideration.

“We also understand from Pfizer that this actual wording has changed,” she said. “This is a next generation formulation, so it is something that needs to be considered by the regulator.”

After approval, NACI will weigh

Canada signed a new pediatric dose contract with Pfizer last spring.

The vaccine was developed in partnership with German BioNTech and is now marketed under the brand Comirnaty. It was approved for people aged 16 and over last December, and for children between 12 and 15 in May.

Once the vaccine is approved for children, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) will determine whether the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the potential risks for young children.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported rare cases of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, after receiving an mRNA vaccine such as Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

As of October 1, Health Canada had documented 859 vaccine-associated cases, which appear to primarily affect people under the age of 40. It’s over millions of doses administered.

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