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FDA Advisory Panel OKs Pfizer Vaccine for Children 5 to 11

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A smaller dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine cleared its first regulatory hurdle Tuesday for use in young children, after a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted to recommend it for emergency use authorization for those ages 5 to 11.

The 17-0 vote, with one abstention, will now go to the FDA, which is expected to make a final ruling in the coming days. If authorized, the move would make nearly the entire U.S. population eligible for a Covid shot. Only children ages 4 and younger would remain ineligible.

Despite the vote in ...