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US watchdog approves COVID-19 vaccination of children aged 5 to 11


The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, has approved a recommendation allowing children aged 5 to 11 years to be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the institution's website.

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The vaccination uses a paediatric version of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, previously approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

"We know that millions of parents are looking forward to vaccinating their children. With this decision, we recommend that approximately 28 million children receive the COVID-19 vaccine," Ms. Walensky writes on the CDC website.

A vaccination programme for children from 5 to 11 years of age in the USA will be rolled out over the coming days and will be fully operational by November 8, US President Joe Biden said. 

"We have already secured a stockpile of vaccines sufficient for all of America's children, and this past weekend we began packaging and shipping millions of paediatric doses of vaccine. These doses, specifically designed for young children, are already being delivered to thousands of locations across the country," he said on the White House website.

source: cnn.com