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Israel will wait for FDA approval before vaccinating kids 5-11, says official

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A senior health official confirmed on Wednesday that Israel will wait for a United States Food and Drug Administration approval before it starts administering COVID-19 vaccines to children aged 5-11, as it also did before it starting vaccinating those aged 12-16.

“We are waiting for a regulatory approval,” Dr. Sharon Alroy-Preis, the ministry’s chief of public health services, told Army Radio.

She said that the matter was different from the third booster vaccine shot, which Israel started administering before the FDA even discussed the matter, because “we saw from the data that the vaccine’s protection was waning.”

The FDA was expected to announce its decision on the boosters on Wednesday, days after its panel only recommended them for those over the age of 65 or at high risk. Israel also started by handing the third doses to those groups, before expanding them to anyone aged 12 and up if five months have passed since their........

© The Times of Israel

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