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US authorises Pfizer vaccine for adolescents

US authorises Pfizer vaccine for adolescents

The United States has authorised the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds amid a push to get the shot into more Americans' arms. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was a significant step in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

FDA Commissioner Dr Janet Woodcock said the move was aimed at bringing us close to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic.

Some 260 million doses have been given in the US, but demand has been falling.

Ms Woodcock added in her statement: Parents and guardians can rest assured that the agency undertook a rigorous and thorough review of all available data, as we have with all of our Covid-19 vaccine emergency use authorisations.