China to offer COVID-19 vaccine to children as young as three

China approved the emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine for those as young as three, making it the first country to offer jabs to young children.

Since the coronavirus emerged in China, Beijing has managed to bring the country’s outbreak under control, and has administered some 800 million vaccine doses.

A spokesperson for Sinovac said its vaccine had been approved for use on children.

But he did not confirm when the young children would be able to start receiving the shots, saying the schedule for the rollout will be decided by the National Health Commission “according to China’s current epidemic prevention and control needs and vaccine supply.”

The company has completed early phase trials of the vaccine in children and adolescents, with results to be published shortly in the Lancet scientific journal, the spokesperson added.

Chinese officials said they are aiming to inoculate 70% of the population of 1.4 billion by the end of this year.

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