FDA Advisers Approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine for Younger Children

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Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

U.S. health advisers have endorsed kid-size doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for younger children.

The vote Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration panel moves the U.S. closer to vaccinating children ages 5 to 11.

The FDA isn’t bound by the panel’s recommendation and is expected to make its own decision within days.

If regulators agree, shots could begin as early as late next week.

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Young kids would get a third of the dose given to teens and adults. A study found kid-size vaccinations are nearly 91% effective at preventing infections that cause symptoms. Moderna also is studying its vaccine for young children.

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