Malaysia recently approved the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for use in adolescents!
Here is what you need to know!
Malaysia Approves Sinovac Vaccine For Use In Adolescents!
On 1 October 2021, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) announced the Drug Control Authority (DCA) has approved the use of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine in adolescents 12-17 years in age.
With this approval, the CoronaVac now becomes the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for use in teenagers, in addition to the Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY vaccine that was approved in June 2021.
However, the Drug Control Authority recommends that when it comes to adolescents 12 to 17 years old, the Sinovac vaccine should be used for :
- those without co-morbidities,
- those who have severe allergies, or
- those who are unable to take the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine.
They will only determine if adolescents with co-morbidities are allowed to receive the Sinovac vaccine once there is sufficient data.
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Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer!
Sinovac CoronaVac an inactivated virus vaccine made from actual SARS-CoV-2 virus grown in Vero cells, and killed using β-propiolactone.
Developed by Sinovac Life Sciences, CoronaVac is a 2-dose inactivated virus vaccine, where the second dose delivered 14 days after the first.
Once injected into the body, the antigens on the inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus triggers the body’s immune system.
Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, CoronaVac only needs to be refrigerated at 2–8 °C (36–46 °F), which makes it easy to distribute.
On 6 February 2021, China approved the CoronaVac vaccine for general use.
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