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Pfizer asks US government to allow COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11

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)

Pfizer submits a request to the US government to allow the emergency authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11.

Last month, Pfizer submitted research to the US Food and Drug Administration on the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine in children. Pfizer says it will also submit the data to the European Medicines Agency and other regulators.

In Israel, 55% of those ages 12-15 have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine, and 43% have received two doses. If the FDA approves the vaccine for children ages 5-11, the Israeli Health Ministry is expected to follow suit.

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