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WASHINGTON – Pfizer CEO said “it’s a matter of days, not weeks” before the company and its German partner BioNTech submit data to US regulators for federal clearance of a COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11.

This would be an important step towards the start of vaccinations for these young people, especially with the children who are now back to school and the delta variant leading to a sharp increase in pediatric infections.

Pfizer said last week that its vaccine works for this age group and that it has tested a much lower dose of the vaccine that is already available to anyone 12 years of age and older. The company said that after children aged 5 to 11 received their second dose during testing, they developed levels of anti-coronavirus antibodies just as strong as adolescents and young adults given the injections of regular force.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said on Sunday that if the Food and Drug Administration approves the company’s request, “we will be ready with our manufacturing to deliver this new formulation of the vaccine.”

And regarding the coronavirus pandemic, he told ABC’s “This Week” that within a year, “I think we can get back to normal life. I don’t think that means the variants won’t keep coming. And I don’t think that means we should be able to live our lives… without having vaccines, basically. “

Bourla also said “we will have vaccines that … will last at least a year” and that “the most likely scenario is annual revaccinations”.

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MORE ON THE PANDEMIC:

– United States has enough COVID-19 vaccines for boosters and injections for children

– UK relies on ‘common sense’ vaccines to keep virus at bay

– EXPLANATION: Who is eligible for Pfizer recalls in the United States?

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See all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic

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HELSINKI – Norwegian police have reported dozens of unrest and violent clashes, including mass brawls in major cities across the Nordic country, after streets, bars, restaurants and nightclubs were filled with people celebrating the end of COVID-19 restrictions.

The Norwegian government abruptly announced on Friday that most of the remaining coronavirus restrictions would be removed from Saturday and life in the nation of 5.3 million people would return to normal.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s unexpected announcement on Friday afternoon to drop coronavirus restrictions the next day took many Norwegians by surprise and led to chaotic scenes in the capital, Oslo, and elsewhere in the country on Saturday.

Rowdy celebrations across Norway by hundreds of citizens began on Saturday afternoon and lasted until the early hours of Sunday. Police said unrest had been reported in several places, including the southern city of Bergen and the central city of Trondheim, while the situation was worst in Oslo.

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PHOENIX – Health officials in Arizona reported 2,579 more COVID-19 cases and six more deaths on Sunday.

The latest figures have pushed state totals to 1,804,369 known cases and 19,812 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Arizona had reported an additional 2,916 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 69 additional deaths as of Saturday, as the rate of virus deaths nearly doubled in the past two weeks.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard, there were 1,834 COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds as of Friday – a level lower than the current high of 2,103 on the 12th. September.

More than 4.1 million people (57.7% of the state’s population) have received at least one dose of vaccine and more than 3.6 million people are fully immunized (51.1% of the population ).

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NEW YORK – Schools in New York City were temporarily barred from enforcing a vaccination warrant for its teachers and other workers by a federal appeals judge days before it went into effect.

The mandate for the country’s largest school system was due to go into effect on Monday.

But on Friday night, a judge in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a temporary injunction and referred the case to a panel of three judges on an expedited basis.

Education Department spokeswoman Danielle Filson said officials were seeking an early resolution by the circuit court next week.

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