Covid vaccine for under 5s ‘could be available in February’

This headline is a direct translation of a news item carried by Lusa news agency today, reporting on the wider news from the United States that Pfizer/ BioNTech could be presenting a bid for emergency use authorisation for a micro-dose mRNA vaccine against Covid-19 for children under the ages of 5. On the basis that experts in Portugal have been insisting there is no longer a health emergency – as the virus is becoming endemic – there is no assurance that these vaccines will receive emergency use authorisation in Europe. According to Lusa’s report, the Pfizer/BioNTech consortium seems to believe even children under the age of 5 will need three doses (ie the ‘double jab’ plus booster).