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5-year-olds could get coronavirus vaccine from October, says BioNTech CEO

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The first 5-year-olds could be vaccinated against COVID-19 from mid-October, according to BioNTech chief Özlem Türeci.

In an interview published today by Spiegel, Türeci said the company has completed the clinical trials and is preparing the data to file to the European Medicines Agency.

“In the coming weeks, we will present the results” to global regulators including the EMA, he said.

The EMA’s vaccines lead Marco Cavaleri told a press briefing on Thursday that the agency was expecting to receive data on 5-to-11s “at least for some of the vaccines, during the fall.”

That makes a mid-October date for the first jabs appear ambitious. Once the EMA has reached its decision, Germany’s vaccine committee would also need to make a call on whether to extend the vaccination program to this age group.

The EMA is also assessing the booster data for the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, with a decision expected in a few weeks.

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