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Health Ministry opens live-streamed hearing over vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds

An Israeli child receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a Clalit vaccination center in Petah Tikvah, on June 6, 2021. (Flash90)
An Israeli child receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a Clalit vaccination center in Petah Tikvah, on June 6, 2021. (Flash90)

The Health Ministry’s panel of vaccination experts is meeting now in a special live-streamed hearing to weigh approving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.

The hearing, which is being aired live on public television as well as on social media platforms, will include questions from a pre-vetted group of 20 people. The final decision is expected to take place behind closed doors at a later date.

“The Israel Center for Disease Control [ICDC] decided to broadcast the debate live, and invite the public to both voice their position to the committee members and to present questions to the experts, as part of a transparent process on the subject,” the ministry said in a statement last week.

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