Australia ready to roll out Pfizer shots for children as young as 5 – despite ZERO Covid deaths in children under 12
- Morrison government says it is ready to roll out Pfizer shots to under 12s
- The government last month invited Pfizer to apply for approval from the TGA
- Pfizer has applied for emergency approval in the US to administer a low dose to children
- No children have died from Covid in Australia, less than 0.1% of US Covid deaths
The Morrison government says it will be ready to roll out Pfizer shots for children under 12 if the Australian drug regulatory agency gives the green light.
Pfizer has applied for emergency approval in the US to administer a lower dose to children between the ages of 5 and 11 after successful trials.
No children under 12 have died from Covid in Australia, and the virus has killed fewer than 530 children aged 5 to 11 in the US – less than 0.1 percent of all Covid deaths.
Pfizer has applied for emergency approval in the US to administer a lower dose to children between the ages of 5 and 11 after successful trials. Pictured: Marisol Gerardo, 9, is held by her mother while receiving the second dose of Pfizer vaccine during a clinical trial at Duke Health in Durham, North Carolina, April 2021
When asked how soon it could be approved in Australia, Defense Secretary Peter Dutton said there was evidence that COVID-19 did not affect children in the same way as adults.
“It’s not a political decision. We have the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration) and all kinds of approval processes,” he told Nine Network on Friday.
“They don’t approve vaccines without the most rigorous testing, and that’s something to take heart from.
‘If they approve, the government will act immediately, but that’s a decision of the scientists.’
The government last month invited Pfizer to apply to the TGA for approval to vaccinate children as young as five.
Deputy opposition leader Richard Marles urged the government to put on its skates.
“We need to be ready for that approval that comes on board to make sure this is an option for parents in this country,” he said.
Meanwhile, Queensland and Western Australia have been urged to increase their vaccination rates.
They were the last states on Thursday to reach the 50 percent vaccination threshold for people over 16.
Mr Dutton warned that relatively COVID-free parts of Australia cannot remain this way indefinitely.
“Thinking you could shut down and pretend it’s not coming to Queensland or not to Mackay or to Perth or Fremantle is complete nonsense,” he said.
Morrison government says it’s ready to roll out Pfizer shots for children under 12 if Australian drug regulator gives green light
Nationwide, nearly 60 percent of the over 16s are fully vaccinated.
NSW has hit a double dose of 70 percent, after registering 587 new local cases and a further eight deaths on Thursday.
The ACT is monitoring NSW’s vaccination rate after reporting 41 new cases.
Fully vaccinated federal politicians will not have to quarantine for the next two weeks before parliament returns from October 18.
Victoria has vaccinated more than 55 percent of her over 16s and has registered 1,638 new cases.