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Health Ministry panel to meet tonight for final ruling on COVID shots for kids

A mother poses with her son in front of a picture of Dr. Anthony Fauci, after the boy received a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in San Jose, California, November 3, 2021. (Noah Berger/AP)
A mother poses with her son in front of a picture of Dr. Anthony Fauci, after the boy received a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in San Jose, California, November 3, 2021. (Noah Berger/AP)

Senior Health Ministry officials will meet tonight behind closed doors to give the final stamp of approval to providing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5-11.

After holding a five-hour hearing open to the public last week on the topic, health officials opted to carry out the final decision in private.

The panel is widely expected to approve opening up the vaccine to children under age 12, following in the footsteps of the US Federal Drug Administration. The White House said earlier today that close to one million children ages 5-11 have already gotten the shot since it was approved last week.

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