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Israel may begin vaccinating children over 12 before US approval

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Israel may begin vaccinating children aged 12 and up this spring after receiving initial safety data from Pfizer-BioNTech but before US regulators authorize the move, according to a television report on Thursday.

The Health Ministry advisory council will begin discussions on vaccinating children and teenagers as soon as Pfizer releases preliminary data on the safety of the vaccine for those aged 12-15, expected by the end of April or the beginning of May, Channel 12 reported.

The Health Ministry assumes the vaccine is just as efficient among children and will not wait to see the full clinical results, the network said.

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According to the report, some 200 Israelis under the age of 16 have already been vaccinated under special circumstances, and none have reported any serious side effects. A health worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine in........

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