Pfizer-BioNTech asked for authorization on April 9 to use their Covid-19 vaccine on 12 to 15-year-olds in the United States, which could mark a crucial next step toward achieving herd immunity.
The mass vaccination of teenagers would also relieve an enormous strain on parents who are juggling the demands of homeschooling their children while keeping up with jobs.
Brussels – Slovenia will get its pro rata share from a package of 10 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine whose delivery has been pushed forward from the first to the second quarter of the year. Under the plan agreed last evening by EU member states, this means approximately 47,000 doses of the vaccine.
The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were administered in Turkey's capital Ankara on April 2.
Turkey has so far received 2.8 million doses of the vaccine, which was developed by second-generation Turkish immigrants in Germany.
The total is set to reach 4.5 million in the coming weeks, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca told reporters in parliament on Tuesday.
Bulgaria to Receive 1,259,728 Additional Vaccine Doses Starting from April
Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia will receive a total of 2,854,654 additional doses of vaccines as a sign of solidarity. This decision was reached yesterday at a meeting of EU ambassadors in Brussels, the Portuguese Presidency of the EU Council announced, as quoted by BTA.
BioNTech-Pfizer said Wednesday their vaccine showed 100 percent efficacy against the coronavirus in 12 to 15 year olds, as they eye approval for adolescents to get the jabs before the next school year.
Phase 3 trials carried out on 2,260 adolescents in the United States "demonstrated 100 percent efficacy and robust antibody responses", the companies said in a statement.
Bulgaria is among the five EU member states that may receive 2,86 million "solidarity vaccines" from Pfizer and BionTech. The proposal was made by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The vaccines are part of the 10 million doses that will be redistributed in the European Union by the end of June.
Johnson & Johnson said Monday (29 March) it would start delivering its single-shot COVID vaccine to Europe on April 19, giving the continent a boost as it struggles to speed up its vaccination drive.
The pharmaceutical giant's jab was approved by European Union regulators in mid-March, following approval of vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca.
"Although the number of coronavirus patients in hospital is higher than during the previous wave of coronavirus the hospital system is able to handle the surge," Health Minister Kostadin Angelov declared at a working meeting of the Council of Ministers.
Chief State Health Inspector Angel Kunchev is expecting the peak of coronavirus infections to be reached this or next week.