Israeli Health Panel Approves Pfizer Pediatric COVID Vaccines

The Health Ministry’s panel of experts voted overwhelmingly Wednesday in favor of administering Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 to 11.

The panel will present its decision to the Director General of the Ministry of Health, Prof. Nachman Ash, who will have the final decision on the move.

Panel chair Dr. Boaz Lev told a news conference after the meeting that of the 75 panel members, 73 said the vaccines were safe and effective. a majority of 68 to 6 members voted to recommend administration of the vaccines.

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Dr. Boaz Lev, chair of the panel of medical experts who voted Wednesday to recommend pediatric vaccines for ages 5-11

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The US Food and Drug Administration. approved Pfizer’s pediatric vaccine for use last month, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control said they were safe for use and recommended to protect young children from COVID-19.
Professor Nadav Davidovitch, an expert in epidemiology and public health at Ben-Gurion University, told Ynet on Wednesday before the panel meeting, that despite some side effects that can be expected when any drug or vaccine is administered, “the risk of the vaccine is much lower than the risk of the disease itself.”

“It also gives us peace, because it not only protects our children, but it also protects us as a society,” he said.

Responding to claims that there was no medical need to vaccinate young children against the virus, now that the fourth wave of the pandemic caused by the Delta variant has subsided, Davidovitch said the virus was still with us and will not go away.

“There are more than five million deaths worldwide … You have to tell people to get vaccinated right now, when things are quieter, so they can cope later, in case of a further increase in cases. “, said.

On Wednesday, the panel held its vote via Zoom in a meeting that was closed to the public, citing online attacks by vaccine opponents.

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Senior health official Sharon Alroy-Preis accompanied by a bodyguard last week after receiving death threats.

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Senior health officials, including the director of public health at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis received death threats. Alroy-Preis was assigned a personal security detachment after threats were made against her and her family for their role in the battle against the pandemic.
The panel began its deliberations last week in a meeting which was broadcast live in various media and on the ministry’s website, and in which citizens were able to pose questions to the experts.

During the discussion, vaccine opponents focused on the comment section of the Facebook livestream and denounced the meeting participants, with one commenter calling them “criminals” and another exclaiming “the Lord will save us from you.” .

The Health Ministry said last week that it would work to speed up shipping pediatric needlestick if approved by expert panel.



Reference-www.ynetnews.com

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