Israel plans to give Pfizer's COVID vaccine to adolescents upon FDA approval

FILE PHOTO: Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are pictured in a vaccination centre in Geneva, Switzerland, February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel plans to administer the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to 12- to 15-year-olds upon FDA approval, the health minister said on Wednesday after the manufacturer deemed the shots safe and effective on the cohort.

“The Pfizer announcement is terrific news,” Yuli Edelstein said over social media. “There is nothing more in order now than a speedy approval of more vaccine procurements (by Israel), so we can be poised to vaccinate immediately upon FDA approval.”

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