Moderna applies for European Union coronavirus vaccine authorization covering teens

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Moderna asks Health Canada for approval to use vaccine in kids 12+

On June 3, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the Province will proceed with offering patients who received their first COVID-19 immunization of an AstraZeneca vaccine to have either a second dose of AstraZeneca or one of the two mRNA vaccines now available in B.C. - Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna. Last month, the European drug regulator approved the shot made by Pfizer and BioNTech for children aged 12 to 15.

Moderna has also filed for authorization to use its vaccine under emergency use regulations in the United States and Canada.

Children with COVID-19 mostly develop only mild symptoms or no symptoms, but remain at risk of becoming seriously ill, and can spread the virus.

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It's the second COVID-19 vaccine maker to apply for a license in children in the European Union after BioNTech/Pfizer, whose mRNA vaccine was approved for adolescents on May 28.

Moderna, which is behind one of two mRNA vaccines now approved for use in Canada, announced last month that its late-stage "TeenCOVE" study "met its primary immunogenicity endpoint, successfully bridging immune responses to the adult vaccination".

British Columbians who received the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine will have an opportunity to book a second dose in the coming days and weeks at a community pharmacy.

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"The vaccine efficacy in the almost 2,500 adolescents who received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was observed to be 100% when using the same case definition as in the Phase 3 COVE study in adults", the biotechnology company added.

The vaccine was "generally well tolerated" among adolescents, the company said, adding: "No significant safety concerns have been identified to date".

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