CANADA Canada may approve first COVID-19 vaccine for youngest children...

Canada may approve first COVID-19 vaccine for youngest children this month: feds

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Vaccines for COVID-19 became available for children under 5 years of age in the US in June. (Sean Rayford/Associated Press)

Federal officials say a COVID-19 vaccine for Canada’s youngest children could be approved as early as this month.

Health Canada tweeted on Tuesday that it expects to make a decision by mid-July on whether Moderna’s vaccine should be approved for children aged six months to five years.

Moderna applied for two doses of the vaccine, each a quarter of the adult dose, about four weeks apart.

The agency says it received an application from Pfizer-BioNTech on June 23 for a vaccine for children aged six months to four years.

A Health Canada spokesman said regulators are still working out a timeline for reviewing Pfizer-BioNTech’s application.

Canada has yet to authorize a vaccine for its nearly two million children under the age of five.

Pfizer-BioNTech’s Comirnaty vaccine can be used in children ages five and older, while Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine is approved for children ages six and older.

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