The Swedish government refused to recommend giving children under the age of 12 the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. After determining that there is some medical benefit in doing so.
Swedish Public Health Service, news releaseThe medical benefit to individual children aged 5 to 11 years who received the COVID-19 vaccine was “currently small.”
“Therefore, authorities in the spring semester of 2022 do not recommend general vaccination of children under the age of 12 in Sweden,” the release said. “We will continue to track this issue.”
Authorities further said that a common COVID-19 vaccine for children over the age of 5 “is not expected to have a significant impact on the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus” in Sweden.
“As in previous pandemics, children are significantly less at risk of developing severe COVID-19 infections than adults,” the agency said. “In general, the younger the child, the lower the risk.”
Sweden enrolled over 40,000 new cases on January 26. This is one of the maximum numbers per day during a pandemic, despite limited testing. On Thursday, 101 patients with COVID needed intensive care. This is well below the more than 400 patients in the spring of 2021.
“The knowledge we have today shows that children are at low risk of serious illness and there is no clear benefit from vaccination of children,” said Britta, a Health Agency official. Björkholm says. Said Thursday’s press conference.
The Swedish government said on Wednesday that it had extended restrictions such as restaurant opening hours restrictions and indoor venue attendance restrictions for two weeks, but hoped to remove them on February 9.
The recommendation came because Anthony Fauci, top adviser to COVID-19 at the White House, said in a briefing on Wednesday that he believed that children aged 2 to 5 would be vaccinated with Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine at least three times. It has been issued.
“Studies are continuing as other doses from 24 months to 4 years, the other groups, have not yet reached non-inferiority levels,” Fauci said. Three-dose regimen.I don’t think you can predict when you will see it [emergency use authorization] That’s because the company is still submitting data to the FDA. “
Despite the proclamation, Fouch admitted that he “doesn’t want to predict.” [Food and Drug Administration] will do. “
In the United States, children under the age of 5 are the only cohort of the population not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer is currently conducting tests to evaluate vaccines for infants.
Pfizer is not immediately returning a request for comment.
Reuters contributed to this report.