COVID-19: US approves Pfizer and Moderna shots for children as young as 6 months old

The United States has approved Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines for children as young as six months old. The US Food and Drug Administration on Friday (June 17) granted emergency clearance for the use of Pfizer and Moderna jabs in younger children. This age group is the last age group awaiting vaccination against deadly COVID-19 in most countries.

“Many parents, caregivers and clinicians have been waiting for a vaccine for young children and this action will help protect those up to six months old,” Food and Drug Administration Chief Robert Califf said in a statement. .

“We expect vaccines for young children to provide protection against the most severe consequences of Covid-19, such as hospitalization and death.”

The agency licensed Moderna’s two-dose vaccine for children aged six months to five years and Pfizer’s three-dose vaccines for those aged six months to four years.

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