Hello. Tom Ambrose here, I’ll be bringing you all the latest Covid news from around the world over the next few hours.
We start with news that
15 Brazilian children received Covid vaccines on Friday, marking the start of an effort that was delayed several weeks by the federal government’s reluctance to endorse the immunisation of children.
The country’s health regulator issued approval on 16 December for the administration of the Pfizer shot to kids aged 5 to 11. The decision incensed Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who has since complained about vaccinating children, saying he won’t let his 11-year-old daughter get shots and warning of possible side effects.
A study released by US health authorities in late December determined that serious side effects of the Pfizer vaccine in 5 to 11-year-olds are rare. The results were based on approximately 8 million doses dispensed to youngsters in that age group, the Associated Press reported.
Rather than follow the regulators’ guidance, Bolsonaro’s health ministry published an online questionnaire asking if children should need a doctor’s prescription to get the shot. Some of the president’s supporters, like him leery of vaccines, campaigned on social media apps for people to vote against them for children.
Despite that, a majority of the survey’s almost 100,000 participants opposed the need for prescriptions and the health ministry announced last week that it would allow children to be vaccinated.
Source : https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/jan/14/covid-live-news-poorer-nations-forced-to-reject-100m-near-expired-coronavirus-vaccines-spain-to-offer-fourth-dose-to-vulnerable?page=with:block-61e1c52f8f0838cf9ed789f4-pinned249