FDA authorizes Pfizer vaccine for emergency use in youth ages 12 – 15

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The Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in those ages 12 - 15 Monday. Previously, the vaccine had only been approved for those ages 16 and above. 

The emergency use approval doesn’t mean that the vaccine will go into immediate use for those ages 12 to 15; first, an advisory board to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must meet to vote whether to recommend the vaccine’s use for adolescents. 

An emergency meeting has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 12, where the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, known as ACIP, will determine whether or not to recommend . . .

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