Health Canada approves first COVID-19 vaccine for youngest kids: Experts available to comment

Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine has been approved by Health Canada for children under five, the first vaccine approved for that age group in Canada. Western University has the following experts available to comment:

Dr. Michelle Barton-Forbes

Associate Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Areas of Expertise: Paediatric infectious diseases, infections in immunocompromised /vulnerable hosts such as neonates.

Dr. Sameer Elsayed

Professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Director of the Adult Infectious Diseases Residency Training Program at Western University

Areas of Expertise: Infectious diseases physician, antimicrobial resistance, healthcare quality, global health, epidemiological observational studies.

Dr. Samira Jeimy

Program Director, Division of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Areas of Expertise: Vaccines for children, immune systems, vaccine safety, drug allergy.

Anthony Skelton

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

Areas of Expertise: Adolescent consent and capacity, the ethics of mandating vaccination and of vaccinating children against COVID-19.

Maxwell Smith

Professor, School of Health Studies, Co-Director, Health Ethics, Law and Policy (HELP) Lab

Areas of Expertise: Public health ethics, population-level bioethics, infectious disease ethics.

Commentary reflects the perspective and scholarly interest of Western faculty members and is not an articulation of official university policy on issues being addressed.

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