Dr. Sarah Kirby-Yung, chief medical officer of health for Toronto, said on Monday that she expects the vaccine against cervical cancer to be cleared and approved for Toronto’s youngest patients within weeks. Kirby-Yung, who recently returned from a World Health Organization conference in Geneva, Switzerland, said she believes the injections are in line with WHO recommendations.
“We’re expecting within weeks we’ll actually have something to introduce it for children and with that will come education and with that that will come the process to finalize the packaging,” Kirby-Yung said.
“There is no doubt that the CMV vaccine will be considered by the WHO for global use in girls and boys who are of reproductive age.”
Last week, the Canadian Senate passed a bill to offer the vaccine to schoolchildren. The bill now moves to the House of Commons, where it will likely face a test vote.
Kirby-Yung also said she expects the vaccine, which is already approved for use in adults, to be approved for use in pregnant women.