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As FDA meets, Bennett set to discuss vaccines for kids with health officials

Prime Minister Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (left) and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz attend a press conference at a Maccabi vaccine center in Holon, on June 29, 2021. (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool)
Prime Minister Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (left) and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz attend a press conference at a Maccabi vaccine center in Holon, on June 29, 2021. (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will meet tonight with Israeli health officials to discuss the possible approval of coronavirus vaccines for children aged 5 to 11, following a vote by US regulators that is expected to be in favor of okaying the shots for American kids.

If, as is widely expected, the independent experts convened by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) vote in favor of approval, an emergency authorization could follow within weeks. This would make 28 million younger American children eligible for the shots in November.

Once the FDA approves the move, Israel is widely expected to follow suit following its own approval process. Health Ministry officials said earlier this week that shots for children under the age of 12 in Israel could begin in mid-November.

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