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Canada approves Pfizer vaccine for children aged 5 to 11.

Canada approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for children ages 5-11 on Friday, adding more than 2.8 million young people to those eligible for the vaccine.

Several provinces, including Ontario and Saskatchewan, have already announced plans to start scheduling appointments for young children as soon as doses arrive.

“Overall, this is very good news for both adults and children,” Dr. Supriya Sharma, Chief Medical Officer for Health Canada, the agency responsible for drug approvals in the country, said at a press conference. “This is another tool to protect Canadians and, to the relief of many parents, it will help bring some degree of normality back into their children’s lives, allowing them to more safely do what they have missed in the past 20 months.”

Pfizer is the first coronavirus vaccine approved in Canada for children ages 5 to 11, according to Dr. Sharma. Health Canada approved a clinical trial involving 4,600 children in which 3,100 children received two doses of the vaccine three weeks apart and 1,500 received a placebo.

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There were four non-vaccine-related adverse reactions, and none of the children had heart inflammation or severe allergic reactions.

Pediatric doses – one third of the adult dose – will be stored in orange-capped vials, and carton labels will have orange borders to distinguish them from adult vials, Cristina Antoniu, a spokesman for Pfizer Canada, said in an email.

Nearly 75 percent of all Canadians, or over 28.5 million people, are fully vaccinated. More than 16,800 coronavirus cases have been reported nationwide in the past seven days, according to national health data, with the highest per capita rates in the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

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