March 7, 2011 / 6:56 PM / 9 years ago

U.S. sees no problem with Pfizer, Sanofi vaccines

The entrance of Pfizer World headquaters in New York City, August 31, 2003. ECONM REUTERS/Jeff Christensen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Health agencies “have not detected new safety concerns or unusual reporting patterns” in children given Pfizer Inc or Sanofi Aventis SA vaccines to prevent meningitis and pneumonia, a Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman said on Monday.

The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are aware of the death of four children in Japan that prompted authorities there to halt use of Pfizer’s Prevenar and Sanofi’s ActHIB, FDA spokeswoman Shelly Burgess said in an emailed statement. The agencies will continue to monitor the vaccines for safety in the United States, she added.

Reporting by Susan Heavey

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