Vietnam approves Moderna Covid vaccine for children aged 6-11

By Chi Le   March 31, 2022 | 01:10 am PT
Vietnam approves Moderna Covid vaccine for children aged 6-11
A healthcare worker holds a vial of the Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine at a pop-up vaccination site operated by SOMOS Community Care during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., January 29, 2021. Photo by Reuters/Mike Segar
The Drug Administration of Vietnam on Thursday approved the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 6-11.

A representative from the administration said the Moderna vaccine has been approved for child vaccination by EU countries, Australia and Canada. After evaluating scientific documents, the Advisory Council for the Registration of Circulation of Drugs and Medicinal Ingredients has approved the Moderna vaccine for children aged 6-11 in Vietnam.

Each dose for children will contain 50 micrograms of the vaccine, or half the doses for adults. A standard course will require two shots.

Previously, the Ministry of Health sought approval from Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh to receive 13.7 million Covid-19 vaccine doses for children, including nine million Moderna doses, from Australia. Vaccination may start from the first week of April.

Earlier, only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved to be given to children in Vietnam. The Moderna vaccine was approved for emergency use for adults in June 2021.

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