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A 12-0 vote in favor of this move must be signed by CDC Director Rochelle Walensky so that the US government can begin distributing vaccines to children ages 5 and under.
A panel of advisers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention voted on Saturday to recommend a COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as six months of age, making a nationwide vaccination likely to begin next week.
On Friday Food and Drug Administration U.S. Drug Administration approved Moderna Inc's vaccine for children 6 months to 5 years of age and Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine for children 6 months to 4 years of age. Pfizer's vaccine is already approved for children over the age of 5.
“This infection is killing children and we have the ability to prevent it,” said doctor Beth Bell. “There is an opportunity here to prevent a known risk.”