Until now, children under the age of six were the only age group ineligible for vaccination against covid-19 in Colombia. Colpress.
The drug board of the National Institute for Food and Drug Surveillance (Invima) approved on January 24 the Sanitary Authorization for Urgent Use (ASUE) of Moderna’s mRNA vaccine against covid-19, for a population under 6 months of age. and 5 years old with the aim of preventing the spread of covid-19.
“This announcement is an important advance as we continue to face the pandemic, where we need to ensure that all population groups that need it most, such as the pediatric population, are protected. Vaccination has been shown to reduce the probability of developing serious illnesses, health complications, and hospitalizations associated with covid-19,” said Diego Rodríguez, medical manager of Tecnofarma Colombia, the company responsible for the distribution of Moderna vaccines in the country.
Until now, children under the age of six were the only age group ineligible for vaccination against covid-19 in Colombia. This decision was based on the positive results of a study published on March 23, 2022, in which a robust neutralizing antibody response against the virus was shown in the 6-month to 5-year age group after a primary series of two mRNA doses. -1273, as well as a favorable safety profile.
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Likewise, antibodies in the 6 months to 23 months and 2 years to 5 years subgroups met the statistical criteria for similarity to adults in the COVE study, thus satisfying the primary endpoint of the study.
The authorization was made official through Resolution 2023001963 of January 19, 2023. With the approval of this pediatric vaccine, Colombia is at the forefront of protection against covid-19, providing vaccination opportunities for all age groups.
Covid-19 in Colombia: from December 30 to January 5, 4,856 new infections were registered. (Infobae, Jesus Aviles)
The Ministry of Health reported 4,780 new cases of covid-19 in Colombia. In the last week, from January 8 to 14, 2023, 29,692 tests were processed, of which 12,983 were PCR and 16,709 antigens.
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The report from the Health and Social Protection portfolio also indicates that 24 Colombians died from the disease in the last week. In this way, the country reaches a total of 142,385 deaths from the virus since the start of the pandemic.
By conglomerating all the figures, Colombia reached a total of 6,354,751 infections, of which 5,928 are active cases, while the people who have already overcome the disease total 6,175,243.
Covid Map January 8 to January 14.
Regarding the regions with the most reported cases, Bogotá leads with 2,304 infected, followed by Antioquia with 664, and Valle del Cauca in third place with 566. It should be noted that there are 16 conglomerates in the country. The territories are: Antioquia, Bogotá DC, Caquetá, Casanare, Cundianmarca, Nariño, Quindío, Risaralda, San Andrés and Tolima.
The most recent report from the Ministry of Health also indicates that, with a cut-off period from January 4 to 10, 2023, a total of 90,145,179 doses of the covid-19 vaccine were applied in Colombia.
Covid vaccination map
According to the same report, the number of Colombians with the complete vaccination scheme, that is, those who have already received the two doses of the biological, currently amounts to 36,274,247 people, while 6,675,878 people have been immunized with single doses. . Likewise, 14,650,916 reinforcement doses have been applied.
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Similarly, during that time a total of 43,442 vaccines were applied, of which 6,055 correspond to the second injection, while another 1,491 were single doses.
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