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Pfizer asks for US authorization of Covid vaccine for ages 5-11

A medical worker administers a dose of the Pfizer vaccine against the Covid-19 coronavirus to a school student at a vaccination centre in southern Thailand's Pattani province on October 7, 2021. (Photo by Tuwaedaniya MERINGING / AFP)

NEW YORK: US drugmaker Pfizer said Thursday it has formally requested emergency use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine in children age five to 11.

Children have been infected in greater numbers in the latest coronavirus wave driven by the Delta variant, and inoculating young people is seen as key to keeping schools open and helping end the pandemic.

In late September, Pfizer and BioNTech, which co-developed the vaccine, began submitting data to the Food and Drug Administration regulators for the highly anticipated authorization.

Pfizer tweeted early Thursday that the two companies had "officially submitted our request" to the FDA "for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of our #COVID19 vaccine in children 5 to

 

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