They assure that it is "imminent" the approval of Moderna and Sinopharm vaccines in minors

The Minister of Health of the province of Buenos Aires, Daniel Gollan, said today that the approval in the country of the Moderna and Sinopharm vaccines is “imminent” to immunize those under 18 years of age against the coronavirus and, in particular, those who have comorbidities.

“These days the FDA would be approving (the use of Moderna in minors) and then the approval of the Anmat is automatic,” Gollan said about the authorization that the United States’ food and drug agency analyzes for the Moderna vaccine to be applied in children and adolescents.

And he added that “the approval of Sinopharm (for children and adolescents) from 3 to 18 years is very, very imminent, with which there will be availability” of vaccines for this population group after authorization by the Anmat.

On June 11, China approved the emergency use of the Sinopharm and Sinovac Biotech vaccines against Covid-19 (both use the inactivated virus platform) in people aged 3 to 17 years.

In both the European Union (EU) and the United States and Canada, the use of Pfizer in minors has already been authorized.

“Vaccines for children with comorbidities will be many,” said Gollan on Radio La Red, and specified that he estimates that Sputnik, Sinopharm, Moderna and Pfizer drugs can be used in the country to immunize minors once the Anmat has given its authorization and as the negotiations with these laboratories progress.

The minister assured that it is estimated that in the province of Buenos Aires there are between “300 and 400 thousand boys” with comorbidities and that, once the vaccines are approved, their application could be completed in “one or two days.”

On the other hand, with respect to the general population, he considered that “at this rate of vaccination that we are having, where we have reached 8 million people with the first dose, it is 80% of those who have registered to be vaccinated, and we are going house to house, it is likely that we can have the majority of the population immunized by the end of September, “he said.

Likewise, Gollan urged the population to continue fulfilling the isolation “because it is not so much what we have to wait for.”

“We never err in the forecasts of the first and second waves. We must be a little cautious. These days I do nothing but give hope because that is what we see,” he said.

He indicated that there is a sustained reduction in contagion cases in the province of Buenos Aires and in that sense, he specified that “the decline has been coming for seven weeks and that is good.”

Regarding the possible circulation of the Delta variant of coronavirus, he added that “we have not yet detected evidence of community circulation” in the province. “If we can delay the circulation of the Delta variant, I think we have a very interesting future for first and summer,” he said.

He also expressed his concern because “there is a lot of mobility in the street, however the cases are decreasing, therefore we hope that people, even with these degrees of mobility to go to work, take children to schools, continue to respect the care measures “.

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