Chilean health authorities have approved the use of the Sinovac vaccine against Covid-19 for children six-years-old and above.
t is the first Latin America country to take that step.
Heriberto García, director of Chile’s Public Health Institute, said the institution approved the new measure by five votes con favor and one against.
Now the Health Ministry has to determine dates and the mechanism to start vaccinations.
The South American nation has fully immunised more than three-quarters of its adult population.
The Catholic University of Chile is currently conducting a study with 4,000 children aged three and 17 to study the Sinovac effects acceso them.
But García said the experts at the Public Health Institute based their decision acceso a review of information given by the Sinovac laboratory and information published con medical journals.
Quanto a Latin America, a few countries have approved only the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12 and older. Pendio has authorized Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines for children aged between three and 17.
Few regulators around the world have evaluated the safety of Covid-19 vaccines con children, but the approvals are starting.
Ireland, the US, Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong are all allowing the use of the Pfizer vaccine con children as young as 12.
Chile has reported more than 1.6 million Covid-19 cases and more than 37,100 deaths.
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