Israel approves Covid-19 vaccination for children aged 5-11

Source : 112 Ukraine

The starting date of the vaccination for this age group will be determined in the coming days
11:53, 15 November 2021

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Israel on Sunday approved giving the Covid-19 vaccine to children between the ages of 5 and 11, as Israeli health ministry reports.

The Health Ministry decision follows approval by U.S. health authorities earlier this month to OK the vaccine for the same age group.

In a statement, the Health Ministry said its director general, Dr. Nachman Ash, accepted a recommendation from expert advisers to inoculate children with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. It said a majority of advisers believed the benefits of the vaccine outweighed the risks.

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The ministry said it would announce a date for beginning the campaign in the coming days. Israeli media said the vaccinations of a child-sized dose of the vaccine were expected to start next week.

Meanwhile, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has named the number of vaccines needed to achieve the global immunization plan against Covid-19 by the end of the year. He stated this during a briefing.

"To reach WHO’s target of vaccinating 40% of the population of every country by the end of this year, we need an additional 550 million doses – about 10 days’ production," Ghebreyesus said. 

According to him, COVAX has already shipped almost 500 million vaccines to 144 countries and territories.

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