- COMIRNATY® is the first and only COVID-19 vaccine to be granted FDA approval for adolescents 12 years and older, following emergency use authorization in May 2021
- Approval of the two-dose primary series is based on the totality of data through six months post-dose 2 in individuals 12 through 15 years of age
- Favorable safety profile observed across more than 2,200 adolescents who participated in the clinical trial
Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the companies’ supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for their COVID-19 vaccine, known as COMIRNATY® (COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA), to include individuals 12 through 15 years of age. The vaccine was previously made available to this age group in the U.S. under emergency use authorization (EUA), and to date more than 9 million 12- to 15-year-old adolescents in the U.S. have completed a primary series.i
Today’s approval is based on data from a Phase 3 clinical trial of 2,260 participants 12 through 15 years of age. A two-dose primary series of the vaccine (30-µg dose) elicited SARS-CoV-2–neutralizing antibody geometric mean titers (GMTs) of 1,239.5, demonstrating strong immunogenicity in a subset of adolescents one month after the second dose. This compared well (was non-inferior) to GMTs elicited by participants aged 16 to 25 years old (705.1 GMTs) in an earlier analysis. In the trial, a two-dose primary series of the vaccine (30-µg dose) was also 100% effective (95% confidence interval [CI, 87.5, 100.0]) in preventing COVID-19, measured between a week and more than four months after the second dose. During this time, all 30 cases of confirmed symptomatic COVID-19 were in the placebo group (n=1,109) and no cases were in the COMIRNATY group (n=1,119). The only SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern identified from the confirmed COVID-19 cases in this age group was Alpha as the efficacy analysis was conducted between November 2020 and May 2021, which was before the Delta and Omicron surges. No cases of severe disease occurred in either the COMIRNATY or placebo group. The adverse event profile was generally consistent with other clinical data for the vaccine, with a favorable safety profile observed across 6 months of safety follow-up data after the second dose.
Pfizer and BioNTech also filed these data with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and other regulatory authorities around the world.
COMIRNATY, which is based on BioNTech’s proprietary mRNA technology, was developed by both BioNTech and Pfizer. BioNTech is the Marketing Authorization Holder in the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and other countries, and the holder of emergency use authorizations or equivalents in the United States (jointly with Pfizer) and other countries. Pfizer and BioNTech also are pursuing regulatory approvals for this age group in other countries where emergency use authorizations or equivalents have been granted.
U.S. Indication & Authorized Use
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is FDA authorized under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for active immunization to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in individuals 6 months of age and older.
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is FDA authorized to provide:
a 3-dose primary series to individuals 6 months through 4 years of age
a 2-dose primary series to individuals 5 years of age and older
a third primary series dose to individuals 5 years of age and older with certain kinds of immunocompromise
a single booster dose to individuals 5 through 11 years of age who have completed a primary series with Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine
a first booster dose to individuals 12 years of age and older who have completed a primary series with Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine or COMIRNATY® (COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA)
a first booster dose to individuals 18 years of age and older who have completed primary vaccination with a different authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. The booster schedule is based on the labeling information of the vaccine used for the primary series
a second booster dose to individuals 50 years of age and older who have received a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine
a second booster dose to individuals 12 years of age and older with certain kinds of immunocompromise and who have received a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine
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