Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn expects approval of a coronavirus vaccine for children early next year. “I assume that approval for a vaccine for children under the age of twelve will come in the first quarter of 2022,” the CDU politician told Funke Mediengruppe newspapers. “Then we could also protect the younger ones even better.”
STIKO recommendation will last longer
At the same time, the minister pointed out that it could take longer from approval to vaccine recommendation by STIKO (Standing Committee on Vaccination). “BioNTech, for example, announced a few days ago that it will seek approval of its coronavirus vaccine for children aged five to eleven in the coming weeks. Test results are already available and just need to be prepared for regulators. The company is already preparing for production. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it could not yet give a time frame for possible approval.
Morbidity is on the rise again
The downward trend in infection rates in Germany has been halted for now. After the 7-day incidence had fallen for six days in a row, it has now risen slightly again. The Robert Koch Institute recorded 71.0 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants during the week. That compares with 70.5 the day before and 81.9 a week ago.In one day, health authorities reported 3736 new cases of coronavirus infections to the Robert Koch Institute. A week ago, the number was 5511 infections. According to the new data, 13 deaths were reported in Germany within 24 hours. A week ago, there were 12 deaths.