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EU drug agency starts COVID jab evaluation for 12 to 15-year olds

Europe’s medicines watchdog said Monday it had begun evaluating the use of Pfizer BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, after a similar request in the United States. Its possible authorisation for children is seen as a crucial step towards achieving herd immunity. The European Medicines Agency’s human medicines committee “will carry out an accelerated […]

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Indian COVID variant detected in Belgium: health official

The COVID-19 variant contributing to a surge in coronavirus cases in India has been detected in Belgium in a group of Indian students who arrived from Paris, Belgian authorities said Thursday. Twenty nursing students, who arrived in Belgium in mid-April after travelling from the French capital’s Charles de Gaulle airport, have tested positive for the […]

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EXPLAINER: What’s known about COVID vaccines and rare clots

A rare, rogue immune response is the main suspect as authorities investigate highly unusual blood clots following use of two similar COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca. The U.S. recommended that states pause giving the J&J vaccine on Tuesday while authorities examine six reports of the unusual clots, including a death, out of […]