Israel announced on November 14 that it followed the United States and approved the use of Pfizer/BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine to immunize children between 5 and 11 years old.
Israel was one of the first countries to launch a Covid-19 vaccination campaign last year as a result of an agreement with Pfizer, which allowed it to obtain millions of doses of vaccine in exchange for providing data on the effectiveness of the vaccine.
The vaccination campaign has helped the authorities fully vaccinate 5.7 million of the 9 million Israelis. Authorities have begun to vaccinate minors between 12 and 17 years old, but after Pfizer conducted a trial and was recommended by the country’s scientific team, it decided to lower the age threshold.
The latest news came as health authorities reported that compared with the previous day, Israel had recorded 220 new infections. This is a significant decrease from the 10,000 cases recorded at the end of August and early September. Intensified vaccination campaigns seem to be the key to reducing infection rates.
According to the results of clinical trials using Pfizer vaccine in children, the vaccine is 90.7% effective in preventing disease symptoms.
“Most experts believe that the benefits of vaccinating children outweigh the risks,” said the Israeli Ministry of Health.
Israel has worked with several other countries to vaccinate children, including the United States, which also uses Pfizer, the United Arab Emirates, Cambodia, Colombia and Cuba. The Ministry of Health of the country will announce in the coming days that it will start vaccinating children between 5 and 11 years of age.
Wu Huang (follow Agence France-Presse)