Vaccine for Children: These vaccines have been approved worldwide, know how many vaccines are available in India?
The cases of infection of the Omicron variant of the corona are increasing rapidly around the world. Studies have described it as the most infectious variant ever, prompting people to take special precautions. According to health experts, this variant of the corona is causing infection even in those people who have received both doses of the vaccine. According to experts, the Covid-19 vaccine is not a guarantee of protection against infection, although it protects against serious disease and reduces the risk of death due to it to a great extent. Since there is a risk of infection among vaccinated people, the safety of children still remains the biggest question.
In view of the danger of corona in children, recently the Government of India has approved the vaccination for children of 15-18 years. At the same time, vaccines for children have already been approved in many parts of the world. Let us know in the following slides which vaccines are available for children around the world and how effective they are considered?
Children's Vaccine in India
According to media reports, currently, five Covid-19 vaccines have been approved for emergency use in India for children. These include Covaxin, Jacob-D, Serum Institute's Covovax, Biological E's RBD-based vaccine, and Johnson & Johnson's vaccine. For now, the only vaccine option available for children is Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. It is approved for restricted use in emergency situations in the age group of 12 to 18 years.
Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine in the US
The Pfizer-BioEntech vaccine is approved for children in the United States and countries in the European Union. The European Medicines Agency has approved the use of Pfizer-BioEntech low-dose vaccine for children aged 5-11. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use for children ages 5-18. Moderna vaccines have also been approved in the US.
Switzerland has approved both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for children aged 12 to 15. At the same time, Italy has recognized the use of Moderna's vaccine for 12-17-year-olds.
These vaccines got approval in China
The SinoPharma and Sinovac vaccines for children have been approved in China. WHO said in a recent report that both these vaccines have been found to be effective in reducing the risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death due to Omicron infection, despite the decline in protective antibodies. In addition to China, Indonesia has authorized the Sinovac vaccines for children over the age of six. Whereas Argentina has approved giving Sinoform vaccine to children up to the age of three.
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