EU health chiefs today approved Covid vaccines for babies, in a move likely to spark huge controversy.
It comes amid growing fears of another Covid wave this winter.
British authorities have so far held out on approving jabs for infants despite massive pressure, due to concerns that the benefits don’t outweigh any potential risks.
Children rarely get seriously ill with the coronavirus, and the majority are thought to have already been infected.
The European Medicines Agency, which signed off on the move today, said that the doses would be ‘lower’ for infants.
Children in the age bracket whose parents want them to be jabbed with Pfizer’s will be offered a dose of 3micrograms.
For comparison, adults in Britain get a dose 10 times stronger. Older children, who are allowed to be vaccinated in the UK, get given a dose of up to 10micrograms.
Slightly stronger doses are recommended by the EMA for children given Moderna’s vaccine (25micrograms).
This is half the dose given to older children in Britain, and a quarter of that approved for adults.