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EMA to decide on Moderna Covid-19 vaccine for children within two months

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is to decide within two months whether to approve Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 6-11.

The move comes despite countries – such as France and Germany – suspending the vaccine for people under 30 due to a small risk of heart inflammation.

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Moderna announced yesterday that it had applied to the EMA for authorisation for younger people.

The EMA said in a statement: “The current timeline for evaluation foresees an opinion in approximately two months, unless supplementary information or analysis is needed.”

“This is a shortened timetable compared to similar types of reviews outside of a pandemic.”

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Moderna’s vaccine is currently approved for people over the age of 12 in Europe.

IMAGE – Army Spc. Angel Laureano holds a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., Dec. 14, 2020. (DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

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