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Photo: Abdulhamid Hosbas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Pfizer and BioNTech announced Wednesday that their coronavirus vaccine was found to be 100% effective at protecting against COVID-19 in a trial of more than 2,200 children between the ages of 12 and 15.

The big picture: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said the companies plan to submit clinical trial data to the FDA for emergency use authorization in the coming weeks, with the hope of vaccinations for adolescents beginning before the start of the next school year.

  • The trial's data will also be submitted to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for emergency use authorization.

What they're saying: "Across the globe, we are longing for a normal life. This is especially true for our children," said Ugur Sahin, CEO and co-founder of BioNTech.

  • "The initial results we have seen in the adolescent studies suggest that children are particularly well protected by vaccination, which is very encouraging given the trends we have seen in recent weeks regarding the spread of the B.1.1.7 UK variant," he added.

Details: The clinical trial was conducted in the U.S. with 2,260 adolescents ages 12 to 15.

  • The vaccines illustrated "100% efficacy and robust antibody responses," and achieved better results than a previous study conducted on 16-25 year olds.
  • 18 cases of COVID-19 were observed in the group of participants who received a placebo, while none were observed in those who were vaccinated.
  • Pfizer and BioNTech also announced that the first doses were administered last week in a trial of children ages six months to 11 years

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Updated Dec 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: Americans shrug off Omicron, Axios-Ipsos poll finds — CDC director says number of U.S. Omicron cases "likely to rise."
  2. Vaccines: Omicron gives a shot to boosters — U.S. announces $400M for global COVID vaccine distribution — Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles down.
  3. States: Gov. Hochul will order some NY hospitals to halt elective surgeries — Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers.
  4. World: EU drug regulator backs mixing COVID vaccines — Poor global equity likely in COVID pill access — CDC raises travel advisories for France, Portugal to highest level amid COVID surge.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
Updated Mar 30, 2021 - World

WHO chief: Virus investigators had difficulties "accessing raw data" from China

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World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed the joint WHO-China report on the origins of the coronavirus on Tuesday, but he noted that scientists had difficulty "accessing raw data" from China and called for further investigation of the lab leak theory.

Why it matters: The comments come in the wake of an inconclusive report that has prompted concerns about transparency and the influence of the Chinese government over the investigation.

Mar 30, 2021 - World

U.S. women won’t reach pay equity with men for at least 60 years

Data: WEF; Chart: Axios Visuals

Despite some progress, it will take women in North America approximately 61.5 years to have economic parity with men according to the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report for 2021.

Why it matters: Women in the U.S. have made strides in political representation, but they still lag behind men in job market participation and income, according to the report.