Published: Fri, May 28, 2021
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Moderna wants vaccine approved for adolescents

Moderna wants vaccine approved for adolescents

"Bill" William Shakespeare, 81, receives the Pfizer/BioNTech covid-19 vaccine at University Hospital at the start of the largest ever immunisation programme in the UK's history on December 8, 2020 in Coventry, United Kingdom. But because both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccines require two doses given several weeks apart, Limaye says it may be hard to fully vaccinate everyone who wants a vaccine. "Now for most people, we will be moving it up to about eight weeks".

"The timely alignment and execution of the draft Heads of Terms will enable Pfizer to reserve the allocation of doses and pave the pathway for executing the Distribution and Supply Agreement", the company told the government while seeking fast-tracking the regulatory pathway to help it supply "Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine as expeditiously as possible to India".

Similarly, over 42 percent of the population over 60-years of age in India has received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. "It ensures you have the maximum protection for the maximum amount of time".

Meanwhile, the daily COVID-19 positivity rate in India has reduced and now stands at 9.42 per cent, while the recoveries continue to outnumber the new cases for the 13th consecutive day, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday. Seniors, Indigenous people, and people who identify as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) will be prioritized, with invitations already going out to those who are eligible.


Communities such as Gabriola Island and Pender Island, which had community-wide immunization clinics for the first dose, will have similar clinics for the second jab.

Another complicating factor, however, surrounds those who received AstraZeneca vaccines.

United States pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has said that is likely to supply 50 million COVID-19 vaccines to India in 2021, albeit with a few conditions. NanaimoNewsNOW reports local verified data from Island Health.

She added that they have enough supply for British Columbians to receive a second dose of AstraZeneca and she's not anxious about expiration dates, meaning people will have time to make a proper decision.

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