Pharmaceutical company Moderna has asked the European Medicines Agency to approve its COVID-19 for adolescents.
“We are encouraged that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was highly effective at preventing COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 infection in adolescents,” Moderna’s CEO Stephane Bancel said in a statement.
So far, the European watchdog has approved Pfizer for use on 12 to 15-year-olds, with Health Minister Chris Fearne announcing that vaccinations for adolescents will open up shortly after the school exam period.
AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have yet to request approval for the adolescent age group.
Moderna has also submitted a similar request to Canadian authorities and will request approval from the United States’ Food and Drug Administration.
Meanwhile, Malta races ahead in its vaccination campaign with a total of 235, 133 people fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It is also believed to be the first country in the world to have achieved herd immunity.
Earlier today, the country registered zero new cases of COVID-19 for the first time in 11 months.
Today also marked the reopening of bars, cinemas and the resumption of contact sports for people aged 17 and over.
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