Initial results from the highly anticipated trial involving more than 2,000 children studying the effectiveness and safety of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 have shown the vaccine is safe and establishes a strong antibody response against the virus.

Despite the initial promising results, it will be some time before an official rollout of vaccines for children ages 5 to 11 both in the US and here in Australia. Once the analysis of the trial is completed, in order to be granted approval, the company is required to provide the FDA with a formal immune “bridging” study which provides data-based evidence that children developed the same antibody levels already proven to be protective in older children and teenagers. The results will be submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for review and emergency use authorisation.

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